What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation combined with the Bachelor of International Studies is an exciting and unique double degree combination. It will take you on a unique philosophical adventure through which you will engage with a carefully curated selection of some of the greatest intellectual and artistic masterpieces ever produced. It will also allow you to examine the relationships of politics, society, culture and the global impact of climate change, revolutions and economic fluctuations.

What you will study

You will philosophically reflect on questions about art, literature, science and religion while also investigating such topics as the nature of selfhood, truth, reason and wisdom. You will discover how great ideas and art can shape us - our understanding of ourselves and the world - and how ideas can make a difference for good or ill. By studying the double degree your studies will be enhanced as you learn about the forces shaping the modern world and the theories that reinforce our understanding of the most important global issues of today.

You will develop informed and reasoned views about significant contemporary concerns, such as the value of democracy, benefiting from your acquired knowledge of the history of ideas. You will become acquainted with diverging perspectives from within various Western traditions of thought and art as well as under-represented voices and perspectives from outside of those traditions.

A core component of the International Studies degree is a language minor. You may choose from Chinese (Mandarin), French, Spanish and Japanese.

Why choose this course

You will study the core of your liberal arts degree in a small cohort with some of the brightest students in Australia, forming a collective, cohesive and collegial community of inquiry.

You will engage closely with a carefully curated selection of some of the greatest works of thought and art ever produced. Your core academic work will be further enhanced by a program of invited talks by distinguished scholars, as you simultaneously learn from academics who are passionate and actively engaged in the international relations sector.

On graduating you will be a well-rounded free thinker, with the skills to be a passionate and socially responsible global leader across many sectors such as civil society, NGOs, business, government and academia. This double degree combination also opens a range of international career opportunities in public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Career opportunities

Archiving and Librarianship
Art & Design

Business Development & Administration
Community & Social Services

Government Policy

Healthcare Policy & Management
Heritage Specialist

Human Resources
Information Technology & Design
Social Policy
Translation & Interpreting

Legal Work
Marketing & Advertising
Media & Publishing
Production and Management
Tourism and Hospitality

Which department am I in?

Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities



Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
A$26,592.00 (US$ 18,660) per year
AUD $132,960 for the entire course; Session fees: AUD $13,296

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

Start date

28 February 2022


University of Wollongong

Northfields Avenue,


New South Wales,

2522, WOLLONGONG, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission into this degree you need to have completed an undergraduate degree. The UOW School of Law requires a minimum average mark of 70% (or GPA/WAM equivalent).

For international students

Entry into this course is based on a combination of a written submission (essay), an interview and academic performance. Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia. Assessment of eligibility also involves a written essay and participation in an interview process.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications.

English Requirements

IELTS Academic Overall Score of 8.5, reading 8.5, writing 8.5, listening 8.5, speaking 8.5; TOEFL (Internet-based) score of 115, reading 29, writing 29, listening 29, speaking 29

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

University of Wollongong offers below pathways courses for this subject

About University of Wollongong

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