single degree

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

A single one year undergraduate award offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HARTS
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 002285K
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture not elsewh
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HARTS
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 002285K
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture not elsewh
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts Honours requires completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

48 units from completion of one of the following Honours specialisations:



Art History and Theory

Asia-Pacific Studies

Australian Indigenous Studies

Biological Anthropology

Classical Studies

Contemporary Europe



Development Studies

Digital Humanities



Environmental Studies

Gender, Sexuality, and Culture


International Relations

Language Studies


Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies



Political Science


Security Studies



For all Honours Specialisations, and for Combined Honours, HONS4100 Final Honours Grade will be used to calculate the Class of Honours and the Mark. It will be calculated using the formula: S (mark x units) / S units, giving NCN and WN a nominal mark of zero.

The following Bachelor of Arts (Honours) specialisation(s) are available, subject to meeting the entry requirements, to each Bachelor of Arts major.


Discipline/Major - Honours Specialisation(s)

Ancient History - Classical Studies, Biological Anthropology

Anthropology - Anthropology, Asia-Pacific Studies, Australian Indigenous Studies, Environmental Studies

Archaeology - Archaeology, Biological Anthropology

Art History - Art History and Theory

Art History and Theory - Art History and Theory

Art Theory - Art History and Theory

Australian Indigenous Studies - Australian Indigenous Studies, Biological Anthropology

Biological Anthropology - Biological Anthropology

Criminology - Criminology 

Development Studies - Development Studies, Australian Indigenous Studies

Digital Humanities - Digital Humanities

Economic Studies - Economics

English - English

Environmental Studies - Environmental Studies

Gender, Sexuality and Culture - Gender, Sexuality and Culture

Geography - Environmental Studies

Global Security - Security Studies

History - History

Human Evolutionary Biology - Biological Anthropology

Human Rights - Political Science, International Relations

International Communication - Language Studies

International Relations - International Relations

Linguistics - Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies

Mathematics - Mathematics

Music - Music

Music Technology - Music

Peace and Conflict Studies - Security Studies

Philosophy - Philosophy

Political Science - Political Science

Psychology - Psychology; Biological Anthropology

Screen Studies - English

Sociology - Sociology

Technology Networks and Society - Sociology

War Studies - Security Studies


Ancient Greek - Classical Studies, Language Studies

Arabic - Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, Language Studies

Chinese Language - Asia-Pacific Studies, Language Studies

French Language and Culture - Language Studies

German Language and Culture - Language Studies

Hindi Language - Asia-Pacific Studies, Language Studies

Indonesian Language - Asia-Pacific Studies, Language Studies

Italian Language and Culture - Language Studies

Japanese Language - Asia-Pacific Studies, Language Studies

Korean Language - Asia-Pacific Studies, Language Studies

Latin - Classical Studies, Language Studies

Persian - Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, Language Studies

Sanskrit Language - Asia-Pacific Studies, Language Studies


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

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to ANU is on a competitive basis as the number of places available in a program is limited. Admission to Honours is also subject to supervisory capacity and approval from the relevant Delegated Authority within the Academic College.

A Bachelor of Arts degree from the ANU, or equivalent from another institution, or a Bachelor degree from the ANU with a major named in the admission requirement for a Specialisation in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

A weighted average mark equivalent to an ANU 70 per cent calculated from the 36 units (i.e. 0.75 EFTSL) of courses in the major cognate to the honours specialisation, excluding 1000-level courses (i.e. introductory undergraduate courses), with the highest marks

Written approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis

And the satisfaction of any admission requirements listed in the relevant honours specialisation


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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 Arts (Honours) degree exemplifies the ANU commitment to research-led education. Building on the Bachelor of Arts, which is the most diverse, most flexible, and most popular degree at the Australian National University, Arts Honours provides you with the exciting opportunity to design and acquit your own sophisticated, independent, large-scale research project. Working under the mentorship of ANU’s internationally renowned research academics, Arts Honours allows you to develop the advanced skills and knowledge that are ideally suited to modern professional life or a higher degree by research.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. pose a significant research question relating to their discipline;
  2. investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to the discipline, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
  3. communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirement is not currently avaialble for this program.

Further Information

An Honours Specialisation is available for all majors in the BA, and any two Honours Specialisations available in the BA for which both sets of admissions criteria have been met are available for combination as Combined Honours.

If a person seeking acceptance into a Bachelor Honours program satisfies or exceeds the minimum requirement for admission to the Bachelor Honours program, the Delegated Authority is not obliged to admit the person to the program only because the person has satisfied the minimum requirement for admission.

The Delegated Authority for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) plan HARTS is the CASS Associate Dean (Education). All admissions to this plan must be approved by the Delegated Authority.

Applicants should in the first instance contact their discipline’s Honours convenor; names and contact details are at:

The Bachelor of Art (Honours) with Psychology Honours Specialisation is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)

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