Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)

University of Wollongong

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00102E

The study of Philosophy at UOW teaches you how to think, not what to think. As lovers of wisdom, philosophers are deeply, personally invested in their quest for truth and enlightenment. There are no questions that philosophers will not consider. How should we live and treat others? Do our lives have meaning? Does science have all the answers? In studying philosophy at UOW you will explore the most fundamental topics, ask the deepest questions and –rigorously and systematically– scrutinize the answers given by the best minds down the ages.Studying for a UOW degree in Philosophy will train you in logic and argumentation. It will enlarge and enrich your conception of what is possible. You will acquire the intellectual discipline needed to challenge the assumptions that frame the way we think about the world and how we should behave in it. You will learn to bring philosophical considerations to bear on practical problems in order to make informed decisions about important issues such as: social justice; free speech; global poverty; climate change, animal welfare; humane psychotherapy; education and expertise.A philosophical education is valuable in just about any line of work. It develops your persuasive powers; critical thinking, problem solving abilities; and communication skills. A 2016 report by the Foundation for Young Australians reveals that these skills are in great demand today in professions that require people who can stand back and think with an open mind. Past UOW Philosophy graduates have found work in such diverse careers as: administration; art and design; business development; community and social services; consulting; education; entrepreneurship; healthcare; human resources; IT; legal; management; media; program and project research.


Completing a major (or two) as part of your Bachelor of Arts degree will give you a set of skills that relate to the discipline you are studying and also generic skills in critical thinking, analysis, cultural intelligence, and conceptual frameworks. Because you can do more than one major, it’s a good idea to choose widely in your first year, before settling on a major/or majors in your second year.To qualify for award of this degree, a student must satisfactorily complete at least 144 credit points, comprised of the following:1. ASSH101 - Introduction to Arts and the Humanities (6 credit points). This subject is undertaken in the first session and is designed to provide students with the academic skills necessary to succeed at University.2. At least one major study available in the Bachelor of Arts, outlined below (minimum 48 credit points and maximum 60 credit points);3. A second major study (minimum 48 credit points and maximum 60 credit points) OR, a minor study (minimum of 24 credit points) from within the Arts and Humanities;4. Elective subjects to bring the total credit points to at least 144.5. At least 24 credit points of subjects completed at the 300-level within the major must be at a pass mark or higher6. No more than 60 credit points can be taken in 100-level subjects.7. Students may not undertake a Major and Minor Study in the same discipline (for example, students cannot take both a major and a minor in Sociology).

Standard entry requirements

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Wollongong International: $83,808 No
  • Full-time : 3 years

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