single degree

Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)—Humanities and Social Sciences

A single four year undergraduate award offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society NEC
  • Academic contact
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society NEC
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)—Humanities and Social Sciences requires the completion of 192 units, of which:


A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses;


The 192 units must include:

144 units of which:

A minimum of 6 units of 1000-level Social Science Disciplinary Approaches courses from the following list: 

ASIA1035    Introduction to Asian Politics

ASIA1999    The Origins of Political Order in Asia

CRIM1001   Criminological Imaginations: Understanding Criminality

CRIM1002   Criminological Perspectives: Understanding Crime

DEMO1001  Global Population Challenges

ECON1101   Microeconomics 1

ECON1102   Macroeconomics 1

ENVS1001   Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability

ENVS1008   Sustainable Development

HIST1210 The Great Acceleration: People and Planet Since 1945

HIST1214     Empires in Global History: 1200 to the Present

INTR1021    Understanding Peace and Conflict

INTR1022    Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution

POLS1002    Introduction to Politics

POLS1006    Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues

PSYC1003   Psychology 1: Understanding Mind, Brain and Behaviour

PSYC1004   Psychology 2: Understanding People in Context

SOCR1001 Foundations of Social Research

SOCY1002   Self and Society

SOCY1004   Analysing the Social World: An Introduction to Social Psychology

STST1001    Introduction to International Security Studies

STST1003   Coping with Crisis: the Practice of International Security


A minimum of 6 units of the 1000-level Humanities Disciplinary Approaches courses from the following list:

ANTH1002  Culture and Human Diversity: Introducing Anthropology

ANTH1003  Global Citizen: Culture, Development, and Inequality

CLAS1001   Traditional Grammar 

ENGL1013   Reading across Time and Space: Literary Contexts

ENGL1014   Close Encounters: How to Read Literature

GEND1001  Sex, Gender and Identity: An Introduction to Gender Studies

GEND1002  Reading Popular Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Studies

HUMN1001 Digital Culture: Being Human in the Information Age

INDG1001 Indigenous Peoples, Populations and Communities

INDG1002  First Peoples' experiences and ways of being: resilience, agency, resurgence and rights

LING1001    Introduction to the Study of Language

LING1002    Language and Society

MUSI1113   Introduction to Ethnomusicology

PHIL1004     Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction

PHIL1005     Logic and Critical Thinking

WARS1001  War in the Modern World, 1789 to today

WARS1003  War and Society in Modern History


A minimum of 6 units of Theory and Method courses from the following list.

ANTH2067  Doing Ethnography: Practicum on Applied Anthropology

ARCH2004  Australian Archaeology

DEMO2001  Understanding Population Change

ECON3152   Game Theory

ENVS2002   Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring

HIST2110     Approaches to History

HUMN2001 Introduction to Digital Humanities and Public Culture - Tools, Theories and Methods

INDG3006   Indigenous Research: Practice, Collaboration, and Ethics

POLS2044    Contemporary Political Analysis

POLS3017    International Relations Theory

SOCY2161   Contemporary Social Theory

SOCY2169   Online Research Methods

WARS2001  Theories of War: An historical and global perspective


A minimum of 6 units of courses on Indigenous Themes from the following list:

Any 1000, 2000, or 3000 level INDG course

ANTH2005  Traditional Australian Indigenous Cultures, Societies, and Environment

ARTH2098   Australian First Nations Art and Culture

ASIA2301    Human Migration and Expansion in the Rise of the Asia-Pacific

ASIA3053    Rituals of Life and Death in Asia and the Pacific

HIST2022     Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History

HIST2142     Indigenous Memory and History: on Page, Stage, and Screen

LING2016    Language and Society in Indigenous Australia

LING3031    Papuan Languages

PASI8002     Pacific Foundations: From Maritime Societies to Global Cultures

A minimum of 6 units of courses on Asia or the Pacific from the following list:

Any 1000, 2000, or 3000 level on-campus ASIA or PASI course

ARCH2005   Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders

ARTH2059   Art of Asia: Histories and Traditions

ARTH2169   Introducing Asian Modernisms

BUSI2023     Dynamics of Asian Business

GEND2001   Gender and Cultural Studies in Asia and the Pacific

INTR2010    International Relations in the Asia-Pacific

INTR2012    Chinese Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2014    Indian Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2018    Japanese Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2020    (In)Stability on the Korean Peninsula

INTR2024    Nuclear Politics in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

POLS2055    Pacific Politics

STST2001    Security Concepts in the Asia-Pacific

STST2003    Australia and Security in the Pacific Islands

WARS2004  War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific

A minimum of 6 units of the following Experiential or Group Project courses. 

Experiential courses:

Any Vice Chancellors’ course with a VCUG code.

ASIA2110 International Affairs Internship

ASIA2098 Asian and Pacific Studies Internship

ASIA3023 Asia Pacific Week Internship

SOCY3001  Research Internship


Group Project courses:

POLS3001    Foreign Policy Analysis

POLS3041    Applied Policy Project

SOCY3124   Transforming Society: Towards a Public Sociology

VCUG3100  Group Research and Innovation Project (GRIP)


6 units from completion of the 1000-level 6 unit PhB-specific Advanced Studies Course (ASC).  

BPHB1114    Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences and Humanities 1

A minimum of 6 units from completion of the 2000-level 6 unit PhB-specific Advanced Studies Course (ASC).  

BPHB2114    Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences and Humanities 2


24 units from repeat completion of the 3000-level 12 unit PhB-specific Advanced Studies Course (ASC).  

BPHB3114    Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences and Humanities 3


A minimum of 24 units from completion of courses within the following Social Science, Humanities, Area Studies and Language Majors and Minors:

Social Science 

Anthropology Major

Asia-Pacific Politics Major

Criminology Major

Demography Major

Development Studies Major

Economic Studies Major

Environmental Studies Major

Geography Major

History Major

Human Rights Major

International Business Major

International Relations Major

Linguistics Major

Peace and Conflict Studies Major

Political Science Major

Security Studies Major

Sociology Major



Art History and Theory Major

Asian and Pacific Culture, Media, and Gender Major

Digital Humanities Major

English Major

International Communication Major

Musicology Major

Philosophy Major

War Studies Major 


Area Studies 

Asian History Major

Asian Studies Major

Australian Indigenous Studies Major

Chinese Studies Major

Contemporary Europe Major

European History Major

Indian and South Asian Studies Major

Indonesian Studies Major

Japanese Studies Major

Korean Studies Major

Latin American Studies Major

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Major

Northeast Asian Studies Major

Pacific Studies Major

Southeast Asian Studies Major



Advanced Ancient Greek

Advanced Arabic

Advanced Chinese Language

Advanced English Language

Advanced French Studies

Advanced German Studies

Advanced Hispanic Culture

Advanced Hispanic Linguistics

Advanced Italian Studies

Advanced Japanese Language

Advanced Korean Language

Advanced Latin

Advanced Persian

Advanced Sanskrit Language

Advanced Spanish Studies

Ancient Greek


Burmese Language 

Chinese Language 

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Hindi Language

Indonesian Language

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language

Japanese Linguistics

Korean Language


Literary Chinese

Mongolian Language



Sanskrit Language


Tetum Language

Thai Language

Tok Pisin Language

Vietnamese Language

A maximum of 48 units of free electives of 1000, 2000, or 3000 level courses offered by ANU.

48 units from completion of one of the following Honours Specialisations

Anthropology Honours Specialisation 

Asia-Pacific Studies Honours Specialisation 

Australian Indigenous Studies Honours Specialisation 

Criminology Honours Specialisation 

Demography Honours Specialisation

Development Studies Honours Specialisation 

Digital Humanities Honours Specialisation

Economic Studies Honours Specialisation

English Honours Specialisation

Environmental Studies Honours Specialisation

European Studies Honours Specialisation

Gender, Sexuality and Culture Honours Specialisation

History Honours Specialisation

International Relations Honours Specialisation

Language Studies Honours Specialisation

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Honours Specialisation

Philosophy Honours Specialisation

Political Science Honours Specialisation

Psychology Honours Specialisation

Security Studies Honours Specialisation

Sociology Honours Specialisation


Progression Requirements

Students must achieve a minimum 75% weighted average mark in courses offered by CAP or CASS in each period (Summer/First Semester/Autumn and Winter/Second Semester/Spring) subsequent to the first year of study in order to continue in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). Students who do not achieve a minimum 75% weighted average mark will be transferred to the Bachelor of Asian Studies, Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs, Bachelor of International Security Studies, Bachelor of Pacific Studies, or the program best aligned with the student’s academic record.

In order to progress to Honours, students must attend and participate in a minimum of nine Research Seminars meetings over the coursework component. Participation includes presentation of a students' own research work and giving formal feedback on other students' ongoing research projects, each a minimum of three times.

Students must complete 144 units and achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark calculated from the 36 units of courses in disciplines cognate to the Honours specialisation, excluding 1000-level courses, with the highest marks and satisfy all admission requirements specified in the Honours specialisation in order to commence the Honours specialisation. Students who do not achieve the 70% weighted average mark after 144 units or do not satisfy all admission requirements specified in the Honours specialisation will be transferred to the Bachelor of Arts (or equivalent).


Students must achieve a minimum 80% final Honours mark in order to graduate with the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). Students who achieve a final Honours mark from 50% to 79% will graduate with the Bachelor of Asian Studies (Honours), Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs (Honours), Bachelor of International Security Studies (Honours), Bachelor of Pacific Studies (Honours), or the Honours program best aligned with the student’s academic record. Student who do not successfully complete the Honours year with a final mark of at least 50% will graduate from the Bachelor of Asian Studies, Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs, Bachelor of International Security Studies, Bachelor of Pacific Studies, or the program best aligned with the student’s academic record.




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.

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 and including any eligible adjustments:

- 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.

Entry requirements

Domestic School-leavers

Domestic students completing an Australian Year 12 or the IB program (November session) in Australia in 2019 apply directly to The Australian National University by submitting an Admission, Scholarships and Accommodation application here. All students will still need to meet the published entry requirements for the program they have applied for.

 In addition to meeting the published entry requirements, school leavers are required met the co-curricular or service requirement (CCS). The CCS functions as a threshold that is either met or not met, you can learn more about the CCS and check if you’ve met the CCS requirement here.

You will be directed to the appropriate application system when you select ‘Apply’.

Domestic Non-School leavers

Domestic non-school leavers (including students transferring to ANU, mature age applicants and students who are otherwise not a school-leaver) can apply to ANU via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

 You will be directed to the appropriate application system when you select ‘Apply’

International applicant entry requirements

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

Additional Information for applicants

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found on the ANU website.

The National Register of higher education providers is an authoritative source of information that will help you confirm your institution of choice is registered to deliver higher education in Australia.

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website allows you to do side-by-side comparisons of Australian universities, so you can find out more about the universities that interest you.

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

The admission requirements listed on this page are a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

International Baccalaureate:

Adjustment Factors

Adjustment factors are additional points added to an applicant's Selection Rank (for example an applicant's ATAR). ANU offers adjustment factors based on performance and equity principles, such as for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded. 

You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:

  • applied for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
  • undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
  • achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
  • not previously attempted tertiary study.

Please visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see:


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.

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)—Humanities and Social Sciences or PhB (HaSS) is an innovative, research-focused undergraduate degree designed for intellectually curious students who want to explore their interests beyond the classroom. It’s the only program of its kind where disciplinary knowledge is enriched by a deep regional understanding of Asia and the Pacific.

As a member of our interdisciplinary research community you will have the opportunity to explore your interests through a diverse range of disciplines including: history, anthropology, international relations, gender, culture, strategic studies, sociology, political science, language and linguistics, literature, law and regulation, archaeology, and economics.

You will receive one-on-one mentoring from a range of world-leading researchers at the forefront of their fields and develop your capacity for independent research and critical thinking in an academically rigorous learning environment.

You will join a dynamic cohort of students in the PhB, interacting through special research seminars, and connecting with international peers through internship and exchange opportunities.

The flexible nature of the PhB (HaSS) allows you and your academic mentors to design the program to suit your interests and includes advanced PhB-only courses tailored to provide you with the high-level academic skills you need to lead in your research and analysis career.

During your final years of study you will be encouraged to undertake fieldwork abroad as you embark on a year-long independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor. With the ANU PhB (HaSS) you can gain exceptional preparation in your chosen Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines and special opportunities to pursue regionally-focused or globally-oriented study at the highest level.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Employment Opportunities

The PhB is an ideal path to take if you are already aiming for a career in research, but it is equally good if you decide to enter the workforce directly, as you will not only have gained the academic and generic skills normally obtained within a degree but will have gained highly marketable skills in independent research, oral and written communication and also in teamwork.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Engage professionally and respectfully with Asia, the Pacific, and the world using sophisticated concepts and methods from the humanities and social sciences.

  2. Critically analyse the research literature from both specialist and interdisciplinary perspectives.

  3. Create new interdisciplinary knowledge that helps to build an integrated understanding of complex social, cultural, political and/or linguistic issues at an Asia-Pacific regional or global scale.

  4. Convey professional and disciplinary knowledge to diverse audiences in a clear and convincing manner.

  5. Collaborate with peers to identify and solve problems in business, politics, and the academy.

  6. Conceptualise new research projects considering their practical application, academic contributions, and ethical implications.

  7. Undertake independent research drawing on high level project management, analysis, and writing skills, as well as professional connections.

  8. Exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.

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