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Australian Catholic University (ACU)

  • 12% international / 88% domestic

Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)

  • Bachelor

Students also take a major in one of Drama, English, History, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, Sociology, Theological Studies, or Visual Arts. Students eligible for scholarship will be selected by a committee, comprising senior ACU and Ramsay Centre staff.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
3 years full-time

About this course

The Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) provides students with a rigorous and stimulating intellectual program in which they engage with western philosophy, history, literature, politics, art and culture, and develop a deep understanding of the great works, ideas and movements within the western intellectual tradition in the core of the program. Students also take a major in one of Drama, English, History, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, Sociology, Theological Studies, or Visual Arts. The degree fosters skills that prepare students for leadership roles in the private and public sectors including government, business, social enterprise and the Arts.

Offers will be made to applicants based on high ATAR results and will also be assessed against other criteria, namely "Ramsay Attributes" (i.e. potential to make a positive contribution in Australia and the world as demonstrated through resume, references and a personal statement).

ACU is offering 30 scholarships to students undertaking this degree, funded by the Ramsay Centre, each valued at up to $90,000 ($30,000 per year of the degree). Students eligible for scholarship will be selected by a committee, comprising senior ACU and Ramsay Centre staff.

Applicants who wish to be considered for a scholarship, will need to meet the essential requirements for admission to the BAWC:

  1. Provide details of their academic achievements, leadership experience and community engagement activities using the Applicant Resume Form;
  2. Provide a 1000-1500 word essay in response to the following question: How should champions of Western Civilisation reply to its critics today?
  3. Attend an interview

The Applicant Resume Form and essay response should be uploaded as a part of the application to study.

Scholarship applicants will also:

  1. be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident at the time of application;
  2. in the ordinary course:
    1. complete year 12 in the year of application; or
    2. have completed year 12 in the year preceding the year of application;

Entry requirements

Applicants must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent:

New South Wales
  • Prerequisites: English (Advanced) (Band 2) or English (EAL) (Band 4)

Entry into this course is based on a combination of a written submission (personal statement essay), an interview and academic performance. Applicants are assessed on a combination of:

  1. written submission of a personal statement,
  2. ATAR-Selection Rank including adjustment factors, International Baccalaureate (IB), or equivalent, and
  3. interview.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Study locations

Sydney

North Sydney

Career pathways

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) program will be recognised by their skills to think systematically and critically; gather and evaluate evidence from many and diverse sources; communicate clearly; and apply ethical principles to decision making for a variety of professions and industries. Possible employment options for graduates are diverse and can depend on the choice of majors or specialisations. Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) graduates are also well-placed to continue their studies in Arts Honours programs or in a range of postgraduate disciplines through their demonstrable research, analytical and communications skills gained from this undergraduate program.