What will I learn?

Whether you want to learn a new language or study a new culture, explore great books, ideas or minds, discover the past, analyse the present or consider the shape of the world's future, the Bachelor of Arts will expand your horizons and challenge you to think outside the box.

Offering broad choice across more than 45 subject areas in the humanities and social sciences, no two arts degrees are quite the same. You will study a major and a minor, choosing both from our broad choice across the humanities and social sciences, or selecting your minor from the University's shared pool.

Whatever your focus, when you undertake our Bachelor of Arts degree you will be guided by the expertise of an internationally respected group of educators. With arts and humanities at the University of Sydney consistently recognised as among the top 20 faculties globally in academic rankings, our Bachelor of Arts degree is both highly regarded and well supported by research leaders.

Study with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will hone your analytical skills and help you become an independent thinker, able to form and articulate judgements based on argument and evidence. Our graduates are in high demand from a broad range of employers, with career options as varied as the degree itself. Our alumni are invariably known for their ability to challenge assumptions, communicate effectively, research diligently and synthesise complex information to reach their goals.

As a reflection of our global outlook, you will be encouraged to take advantage of extensive exchange opportunities with leading universities overseas. A number of our majors offer internship placements, enabling you to develop your networks and gain invaluable work experience before graduation.

The Ancient History major invites you into the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome, using their myths, images, inscriptions, artifacts written history and literature as evidence.

Study the ideas, politics and cultures of the Classical world by looking at political systems, religion, law, mythology, slavery, refugees, science and late antiquity. Read (in translation) ancient epic, drama and poetry in its social and historical contexts and appreciate the impact of these works on later ages (including modern media).

You will be encouraged to ask important questions about leadership, democracy and the rule of law, human rights, religions and the role of myths, poetry and story-telling in human communities and be inspired to think about how and why history is written.

Our world is full of the memories and monuments of Classical Greece and Rome. Many ideas and concepts that we value were developed - and debated - by communities whose similarities and differences from our own continue to be thought provoking. Your major progresses from junior units which lay a foundation for your future study by providing key training and skills, through to senior (intermediate and then advanced) units that focus on developing your skills and treat particular themes or periods in detail. It is designed to help you to understand the historical and cultural importance of the Classical world and to evaluate the legacy of that world today.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Archivist
  • Collections officer
  • Cultural project officer
  • Gallery and Museum curator
  • Government adviser
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Travel and tourism consultant

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

CRICOS

000705M

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
Year 1 Tuition fee: AUD $39,000; This indicative tuition fee is subject to annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 August 2020

Venue

The University of Sydney

Camperdown/Darlington Campus,

160 City Road, Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building (G02),

DARLINGTON,

New South Wales,

2008, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have obtained a ATAR score: 28 -40; English Language Requirements: IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0; TOEFL Paper based score of 565; TOEFL IBT: 85; PTE Academic score of 61; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 58; Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 45; Cambridge English scale: CAE and CPE: 176.

For international students

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

a secondary education qualification (including national and international equivalents), or approved higher education study, including approved preparation courses.

TOEFL - IBT score: A minimum result of 85 overall including a minimum result of 17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing.

IELTS score: A minimum result of 6.5 overall and a minimum result of 6.0 in each band

TOEFL - PBT score: A minimum result of 565 overall including a minimum result of 4.5 in Writing

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About this uni

The University of Sydney is ranked 4th in the world and 1st in Australia for graduate employability by the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

  • Consistently placed among the world’s top 50 universities
  • 2 subjects in the world’s top 10 - QS 2019 Subject Rankings
  • 30 subjects among the top 50 - QS 2019 Subject Rankings
  • Sydney is ranked 3rd in the list of the world’s best cities