single degree

Bachelor of Pacific Studies

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

BPACSTD
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements

As Australia’s engagement with the Pacific increases, so too does the need for graduates with Pacific expertise.

The Bachelor of Pacific Studies will provide you with a deep understanding of the diversity, history and contemporary issues of Oceania, so you can take a leading role in Pacific policy and development.

You will also have the opportunity to engage in internship and immersion programs in Oceania, boosting your language skills and expertise in the region.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Pacific Studies find employment in Pacific policy and development.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a Bachelor of Pacific Studies, graduates will be able to:

  • Speak and write about theories, factual content and research approaches relevant to Pacific Studies.
  • Identify relevant regional and international literature relevant to Pacific Studies.
  • Determine the processes through which current knowledge about Pacific Studies has been developed.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of perspectives on indigenous, popular, policy and scholarly debates in Oceania.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.

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The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on an ATAR equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

ATAR:
80
QLD Band:
10
International Baccalaureate:
28

Bonus Points

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded. Academic bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Visit the ANU Bonus Points website for futher information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$35,904.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Pacific Studies requires the completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units can come from completion of 1000 level courses

The 144 units must include:

48 units from completion of the Pacific Studies major

Either:

24 units from completion of a minor from following list:

Anthropology

Archaeology

Development Studies

Environmental Studies

Environmental Policy

Heritage and Museum Studies

History

Human Ecology

Australian Indigenous Studies

International Relations

Political Science

Social Research Methods

Sociology

Chinese

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Hindi

Indonesian

Japanese

Spanish

Biodiversity Conservation and Management

Climate Science and Policy

Environmental Policy

Forest Science and Policy

Geography

Human Ecology

Integrative Methods in Environment and Society

Soil and Land Management

Sustainable Development

Water Science and Policy

Philosophy

Visual Arts Practice

72 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Or:

48 units from completion of a major from following list:

Anthropology

Archaeology

Development Studies

Environmental Studies

Gender, Sexuality and Culture

Geography

History

International Relations

Political Science

Sociology

Chinese

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Hindi

Indonesian

Japanese

Spanish

Environmental and Landscape Sciences

Natural Resource Management

Sustainability Science

Philosophy

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Majors

Minors

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units PASI1011 Pacific Encounters: An introduction to Pacific Studies 6 units Major 1000 level course 6 units Elective 1000 level course 6 units Elective course 1000 level course 6 units
PASI1012 Pacific Worlds: critical inquiry in Oceania 6 units Major 1000 level course 6 units Elective course 1000 level course 6 units Elective course 1000 level course 6 units
Year 2 48 units PASI2001 Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World 6 units Major 2000 or 3000 level course 6 units Major 2000 or 3000 level course 6 units Major 2000 or 3000 level course 6 units
PASI2002 Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries 6 units Major 2000 or 3000 level course 6 units Major 2000 or 3000 level course 6 units Major 2000 or 3000 level course 6 units
Year 3 48 units Pacific Studies Major 2000 or 3000 level course 6 units Pacific Studies Major 2000 or 3000 level course 6 units Major 2000 or 3000 level course 6 units Elective 2000 or 3000 level course 6 units
Pacific Studies Major 2000 or 3000 level course 6 units Pacific Studies Major 2000 or 3000 level course 6 units Major 2000 or 3000 level course 6 units Elective 2000 or 3000 level course 6 units

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The Bachelor of Pacific Studies is offered through the School of Culture, History and Language.  Upon completion of this degree, you will have developed specific knowledge of Pacific Studies and a range of transferable skills that will prepare you for work or further study.

Single degree

  • This degree requires the completion of 144 units
  • A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses is allowed
  • 48 units must come from completion of the Pacific Studies major
  • 24 units from completion of a minor approved by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • 72 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Double degree

  • This degree requires the completion of 96 units
  • A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level courses is allowed
  • 48 units must come from completion of the Pacific Studies major
  • 24 units from completion of a minor approved by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of Pacific Studies single degree program you will study a total of 144 units.  Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 (6-unit) courses across your whole degree. Once you have fulfilled the requirements of the Pacific Studies major, you can try a range of courses or take a major or minor in a subject of your choice.

Double degree
You will need to complete a minimum of 96 units towards the Bachelor of Pacific Studies degree but will also get to choose 4 courses (24 units) from other ANU Colleges.

Enrolment Status

It is possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester but it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be enrolled full-time in 24 units each semester.

Remember you will need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.  You will be able to change your enrolment in courses up until the end of week 2 of each semester without penalty.

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

If you are intending to enrol into our language courses and have previous experience with the language you want to study, even if you think it might not be relevant or was too long ago, you need to sit a placement test for the College to ensure you are enrolled into the most appropriate level of language study.  

Relevant past experience include:

  1. Previous study of the language
  2. Being exposed to the language in childhood
  3. Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken
  4. The language being spoken in your home (even if you don’t speak it)

Languages available for the placement test:

  1.  Indonesian
  2. Chinese
  3. Japanese
  4. Korean

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

Students in this degree must complete a Pacific Studies Major, and a minor from the following list:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Policy
  • Heritage and Museum Studies
  • History
  • Human Ecology
  • Australian Indigenous Studies
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Social Research Methods
  • Sociology
  • Chinese
  • French Language and Culture
  • German Language and Culture
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Management
  • Climate Science and Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Forest Science and Policy
  • Geography
  • Human Ecology
  • Integrative Methods in Environment and Society
  • Soil and Land Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Water Science and Policy
  • Philosophy
  • Visual Arts Practice
Students can however can choose to do a second major from the following list in place of a minor:
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Gender, Sexuality and Culture
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Chinese
  • French Language and Culture
  • German Language and Culture
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Environmental and Landscape Sciences
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Sustainability Science
  • Philosophy
Once you've selected courses for a major, and/or a minor or second major, you should choose electives to make up the balance of your courses.

Electives

You can use your electives to enrol in any courses that you like, provided you meet prerequisite requirements. Students who choose to do a second major will need to take the additional 24 units for their major from their electives.

To find 1000-level courses, use the catalogue finder. Remember you can choose up to 8 courses from another ANU College at the University if you are undertaking the single Bachelor of Pacific Studies program.

Study Options

Bachelor of Pacific Studies Double Degree Study Plan

Study Options

Year 1 48 units PASI1011 Pacific Encounters: An introduction to Pacific Studies 6 units Language Course 6 units Course from other Degree 6 units Course from other Degree 6 units
PASI1012 Pacific Worlds: critical inquiry in Oceania 6 units Language Course 6 units Course from other Degree 6 units Course from other Degree 6 units

Academic Advice

If after reading through these guidelines you are unsure about your which courses to enrol in, you can come to an academic advice session at Melville Hall during Orientation week.

If you are seeking status (credit) from previous study at another university you will need to come to an academic advice session at Melville Hall during Orientation week, and we will help you choose the correct courses for your first year.

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Katerina Teaiwa at Katerina.Teaiwa@anu.edu.au

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