We have expert academic staff in four scholarly disciplines—History, English and Media Studies, International and Political Studies, and Indonesian Studies. Our focused disciplines mean we can offer greater depth in our research and teaching.

UNSW Canberra offers the Bachelor of Arts BA (4400). The following HASS disciplines each offer a major within the BA:


History helps us understand individual and group behaviour and explain the forces that have shaped human civilisation—social change, wars, revolutions and popular movements. Historical analysis examines the relationships between past events and the present. Learn how to assimilate and weigh evidence, analyse problems and balance different points of view in the context of the past and of the present.

English and Media Studies

How does language persuade and move us? How does culture respond to or imagine war? Students of English complete their studies with a sophisticated knowledge of both the world’s literary heritage and their own contemporary culture, from the classical heroic epics to contemporary social media.

International and Political Studies

Study power and norms in a rapidly changing global environment. International and Political Studies covers the major actors, ideas and key issues of domestic, regional and global politics, international relations and ethical thought—all of which have a profound impact on Australia's national security and its place in the world.

Indonesian Studies

Indonesia is one of Australia's most important neighbours. Learn to read, write, speak and understand standard Indonesian, and gain a broad understanding of Indonesian society and culture. No prior Indonesian knowledge is required.