Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) (Honours)

The Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) (Honours) is a fourth year program that often serves as a prelude to study in the research field.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Gippsland - Churchill
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1 year
(120 credit points = 1.0 EFTSL)

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) is a fourth-year program that serves as a prelude to a higher degree in research or to professional practice in a range of careers that entail advanced research work.
With half the program dedicated to a thesis-based experience of independent research conducted professionally, the program prepares individuals for professional or research work in the disciplinary field of their preference. It provides training in methodology, research skills and theoretical inquiry.
This Humanities stream enables students to choose to study Media and Screen Studies, Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, History or Indigenous Studies. The major project can be a traditional thesis or, for Creative Writing students, a practice-driven thesis consisting of creative work and an exegesis.

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  • Community worker
  • Critic
  • Digital production manager
  • Film and DVD marketer
  • Curator
  • Lecturer
  • Media planner
  • Playwright
  • Policy writer
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  • Archivist
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Human resources manager
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  • Media presenter
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  • Public relations officer
  • Social researcher
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  • Journalist
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  • Media officer

Honours graduates are highly valued for research work (academic and professional), and are especially prepared for a higher degree by research such as a PhD.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

BAHRS4001, 30 credit points
BAHRS4034, 15 credit points
BAHRS4035, 15 credit points

Semester 2

BAHRS4002, 30 credit points
BAHRS4033, 30 credit points

Entry requirements (year 12)


Entry requirements (non year 12)

A Bachelor or Arts program with a sequence in the relevant discipline with Distinction average in upper-level discipline-specific courses and no less than a Distinction in upper-level discipline-specific courses (giving a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 6.0).

Extra Requirements

All applicants must complete and submit the Research Proposal form as part of their application.

Students will normally have a short thesis topic approved before applying, developed in consultation with a potential supervisor and the Honours Coordinator.

Some questions to help you identify an area for your research project are:

• What aspects of your undergraduate degree did you find most interesting?

• Which courses did you enjoy the most?

• What topics or issues did you wish you could have studied in more depth?

• Which academic staff in the School of Arts are working in areas that interest you?

The due date for timely applications is the end of November.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HS8

CRICOS code: 097882C (Churchill), 097882C (Mt Helen)

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$15,142 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2023

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per course, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Humanities and Social Sciences

Course coordinator

David Waldron