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Bachelor Of Arts (Dean’s Scholars)

The Dean’s Scholars Degree provides an academic space for high-achieving single degree Arts students. With a limited intake of ten students per year, it aims to provide an enriched educational experience for high-achieving, motivated Arts and Humanities students who are hoping to make a contribution to their field of study through teaching or research, or as professionals in Arts or humanities areas. Students have the opportunity to attempt subjects not normally available to first-year students and to perform above the level normally expected at first-year. They may be granted exemption from certain first-year subjects and may be permitted extended subject loads, enabling them to complete the degree in under the normal time and enter Honours in their third year.

Each Dean’s Scholar has an academic mentor, a member of academic staff who undertakes to offer advice in the Scholar’s major area of study.

The Dean’s Scholars degree is not a scholarship. Students intending to apply for a place in this degree are encouraged to apply for a University of Wollongong undergraduate scholarship separately.

Dean’s Scholars must undertake one major study from the Faculty of Arts and must maintain an average of 75 in each year of study. If the student’s average falls below 75, the student will be transferred into the Bachelor of Arts (UOW Course code 702).

As a Bachelor of Arts degree, the Dean’s Scholars degree is flexible. Dean’s Scholars are able to use the University’s student exchange program to undertake a period of study overseas, and several Dean’s Scholars have competed successfully for places in the Australian National Internship Program which enables them to undertake a one-session placement in Canberra, usually on the staff of a member of parliament.

Advanced Standing

Information about Approved Credit Transfer Arrangements is available at www.uow.edu.au/handbook/generalcourserules/UOW028672.html/

Course Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts (Dean’s Scholars) is made up of 144 credit points of subjects listed in the course structures for the Faculty of Arts or the General Schedule. In their first two semesters of study, students must undertake at least 12 credit points in subjects taught by member units of the Faculty of Arts and may undertake no more than 60 credit points of 100-level subjects. Students should refer to the Award Rules for the Bachelor of Arts for further details.

The degree requires one major study to be completed, but a student may undertake two major studies within the normal requirements of the degree. Completed major studies are noted on the student's testamur, awarded at Graduation. The degree does not have subjects compulsory for all students, but individual majors may have compulsory subjects.

Major Study Areas from the Faculty of Arts:

Dean’s scholars must select one major from this list, but may select subjects from the General Schedule to make up their total of 144 credit points. Normally, Dean’s scholars do not take majors from outside the Faculty.

Minor Studies

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Dean’s Scholars) may choose from the following minors:

Internship and International Subjects
(See subject descriptions for more information)

  • ARTS201 Introduction to Australia for International Students
  • ARTS202 International Studies
  • ARTS301 Arts Internship
  • POL301 Politics Internship (for students taking the Australian National Internship Program or Washington Internship)


Assessment in this course varies between subjects and programs, but typically includes a combination of essays, tutorial/seminar presentations and in-class tests and/or exams. Some subjects may have an additional practical component. The assessment requirements of each subject are set out in the individual subject outlines which students receive in the first week of session.


Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Arts (Dean’s Scholars) Degree will be accepted into the Bachelor of Arts (Honours), provided that supervision is available in the Faculty for their proposed thesis topic.

The Faculty of Arts Honours Handbook can be accessed as a PDF document.


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