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Today’s employers are looking for people with skills to analyse contemporary issues and raise important questions. Develop the critical thinking skills necessary to understand society, help facilitate change and bring fresh perspectives to your future career.

Understand human behaviour and knowledge, the complexities of societies and the connections between people, places and politics. Tailor your studies with 11 majors to choose from. Develop in-depth knowledge and expertise in a range of social and cultural contexts.

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    Expand employability opportunities. JCU students gain valuable communication and creative thinking skills, applicable to various career pathways.

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Anthropology

Examine social and cultural differences to understand how people’s beliefs fit into a wider social, political, and economic context, using research, observation and human engagement.

Fast facts

Location: The Bachelor of Arts is available in Townsville, Cairns and Online. Some subjects are not offered in every location. Please enquire if you are interested in a specific field of study.
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**
ATAR: 59

English (Units 3/4,C)

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Anthropology

You will develop the knowledge and skills to work with diverse cultural and social groups in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and across the globe.

Develop skills that are critical in decision-making for governments, corporations, and not-for-profit organisations. Combine your Anthropology major with a second major to complement your studies or broaden your area of expertise.

Learn more about Anthropology.


What career possibilities are there?

Anthropology graduates can pursue careers in research, government administration, NGO and corporate workplaces. Your work could involve crafting policy, developing aid or conservation programs, interpreting historical documents, recording personal experiences, analysing statistical data and everything in between.

Seeking to understand the patterns of human actions and ideas is what drives anthropologists to explore cultures and social issues, contribute to policy development, create social programs and interpret consumer behaviour.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help.

Contact us by:
Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Bachelor of Arts course page.

Archaeology

Unearth human history to understand our biological evolution from tropical Africa to more recent cultural diversity among civilisations, societies and peoples across the globe.

Fast facts

Location: The Bachelor of Arts is available in Townsville, Cairns and Online. Some subjects are not offered in every location. Please enquire if you are interested in a specific field of study.
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**
ATAR: 59

English (Units 3/4,C)

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Archaeology

You will learn the fundamentals of archaeology, then expand on this knowledge with more specialised offerings in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, modern Australian history, European archaeology, Asian archaeology, and maritime and coastal archaeology.

Learn about the science of field work and what happens in the archaeological laboratory, and make the most of opportunities to go on field trips in Australia and overseas. Add a second major to your Archaeology studies to broaden your knowledge and expertise.

Learn more about Archaeology.


What career possibilities are there?

Archaeology work can vary significantly between job roles, from excavating artefacts from deep underground to exploring shipwrecks on the ocean floor. Your focus could be on the ancient past, studying the rise and fall of civilisations, or on more contemporary contexts and preserving history.

Many roles require a blend of practical work and academic research, in fields including Indigenous, historical or maritime archaeology. You could work in cultural heritage preservation roles in archaeological consulting firms, mining and resources companies, government groups and land councils.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:
Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Bachelor of Arts course page.

Criminology

Learn what motivates people to commit crimes and explore strategies to prevent law-breaking and rehabilitate offenders.

Fast facts

Location: The Bachelor of Arts is available in Townsville, Cairns and Online. Some subjects are not offered in every location. Please enquire if you are interested in a specific field of study.
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**
ATAR: 59

English (Units 3/4,C)

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Criminology

Criminology students focus on the complex causes and consequences of crime, along with crime prevention and systems of social control, theories of criminal justice and the rehabilitation of offenders.

You’ll draw on skills and methodologies from disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, politics and international relations, and sociology to examine the ethical and political impacts of crime issues. Combine your Criminology major with a second major, to complement your studies or broaden your area of expertise.

Learn more about Criminology.


What career possibilities are there?

Roles requiring criminology expertise could focus on any part of the criminal justice spectrum, from critically analysing real-world crimes to law enforcement, corrective services, youth justice, social policy development and criminal justice research.

Other areas of specialisation include cyber or digital crime, corporate misconduct and other white-collar crimes. Your work may involve collaborating with social workers, psychologists and lawyers.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:
Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Bachelor of Arts course page.

English

Examine a wide range of literary periods and genres to build critical communication and reasoning skills and develop your understanding of the English language.

Fast facts

Location: The Bachelor of Arts is available in Townsville, Cairns and Online. Some subjects are not offered in every location. Please enquire if you are interested in a specific field of study.
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**
ATAR: 59

English (Units 3/4,C)

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About English

The study of English considers how words and texts can be used to create meaning. Popular areas of literary analysis include feminist readings, post-colonialist readings, queer readings and many others. Your studies may also include creative writing, reflecting on texts, developing your own writing skills and creating your own stories.

Add to your knowledge of writing and storytelling as you study historical and contemporary literature, Australian literature, children’s literature, world literature, Gothic literature, screen media, creative writing and more. Choose a Bachelor of Arts (English) as your first area of study, your second major, or add any English and Writing subject to your chosen degree.

Learn more about English.


What career possibilities are there?

English majors support careers in education, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), publishing, and creative industries. Alternatively, many English students choose to pursue academic research, focusing on a particular author or genre to analyse their influence and ongoing impact. You may find work as an author, editor or copywriter, producing books or collected works, educational content, business communications, or in the public sector.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help.

Contact us by:
Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Bachelor of Arts course page.

History

Analyse major historical events in a global context and investigate how political, economic and environmental events shaped different communities.

Fast facts

Location: The Bachelor of Arts is available in Townsville, Cairns and Online. Some subjects are not offered in every location. Please enquire if you are interested in a specific field of study.
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**
ATAR: 59

English (Units 3/4,C)

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About History

History students examine artefacts and texts to engage with ideas about the past. They look beyond the surface and explore deeper into past events and times in order to interpret them as authentically as possible.

You’ll develop an understanding of humanity by examining societies and cultures in Australia’s history, particularly in North Queensland. With strong skills in critical thinking and communication, you can explore the rise and fall of societies and determine their successes and challenges. Complement your History major with a second major to broaden your expertise.

Learn more about History.


What career possibilities are there?

Historians play a vital role in sharing knowledge with the general public through museums and galleries, helping to examine and preserve historical artefacts from all over the world.

There are also roles for historians within academia, looking for answers to society’s biggest questions about itself. This involves working within teams to research, interview experts and communicate findings in reports, journals and other publications. History graduates are involved in local, national, and international studies in fields as diverse as law, commerce, arts, communications and health.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:
Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Bachelor of Arts course page.

Human Geography

Explore the interrelationship between humans, nature and built environments. Propose solutions to large scale social and environmental problems.

Fast facts

Location: The Bachelor of Arts is available in Townsville, Cairns and Online. Some subjects are not offered in every location. Please enquire if you are interested in a specific field of study.
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**
ATAR: 59

English (Units 3/4,C)

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Human Geography

Develop specialist skills including urban planning and design, regional sustainability, and social and environmental impact assessment. While the physical environment is a core focus, human geography also considers social, economic and political environments, and how these holistically contribute to the way humans engage with the world around them.

You’ll become proficient in identifying problems, evaluating explanations, analysing data, and relevant computing techniques. Consider how patterns of behaviour can be adapted to ensure a more sustainable, environmentally positive lifestyle.

Learn more about Human Geography.


What career possibilities are there?

You may find roles in government departments, working to assess and respond to natural hazards including floods, fires, cyclones and storms. Your knowledge of natural environments could help prevent damage to human lives and property, and the plans you generate could help regions bounce back sooner.

You could also pursue roles in urban planning, tracking how individuals and groups engage with environments to design effective and environmentally positive communities. This could involve developing community outreach programs or other solutions to improve the health and lifestyle of people across the country.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:
Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Bachelor of Arts course page.

Human Services

Forge a career that is deeply connected to community through networks of agencies to address the vast array of human need in society.

Fast facts

Location: The Bachelor of Arts is available in Townsville, Cairns and Online. Some subjects are not offered in every location. Please enquire if you are interested in a specific field of study.
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**
ATAR: 59

English (Units 3/4,C)

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Human Services

Develop the skills to work with marginalised and vulnerable people facing challenges including poverty, homelessness, domestic violence and mental health.

You’ll study social policy, community work, organisational practice, professional ethics, learn about human rights and social justice issues in Australia and how to work appropriately with culturally diverse groups. Students in this course will benefit from JCU’s working relationships with government agencies and local community groups. Extend your skillset further with a second major to complement your Human Services expertise.

Learn more about Human Services.


What career possibilities are there?

Human services workers are committed to improving the quality of life within their community. As a case worker, you will assess your clients’ daily support needs, help them access programs, talk with their medical team or offer one-on-one support.

In crisis support, your responsiveness and decision-making skills will be crucial to assisting those in need of housing, money or support. You’ll work in tandem with other service providers to help people get back to living independently.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help.

Contact us by:
Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Bachelor of Arts course page.

Indigenous Studies

Explore the history, perspectives, knowledge and lived experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to thoughtfully engage with Indigenous matters.

Fast facts

Location: The Bachelor of Arts is available in Townsville, Cairns and Online. Some subjects are not offered in every location. Please enquire if you are interested in a specific field of study.
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**
ATAR: 59

English (Units 3/4,C)

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies focuses on the continuity of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, knowledge, and customs through time and space. Expand your understanding of the complex interface between Indigenous and Western knowledge, perspectives and practices in Australia today.

Explore Indigenous knowledge, traditions and methods of participation in contemporary matters. Learn about the connections, experiences and knowledge that shape Indigenous people, communities, and ideas.

Learn more about Indigenous Studies.


What career possibilities are there?

You may find roles liaising with Indigenous communities, providing programs to improve health, education or social wellbeing outcomes.

Your understanding of historical and current Indigenous issues, and respect for Indigenous peoples’ diverse knowledge and cultural history, could see you advising employees on intercultural understanding. You could also consult with businesses about respectful practices around culturally significant Indigenous sites.

This major is taught through the Indigenous Education Research Centre.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:
Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Bachelor of Arts course page.

Politics and International Relations

Discover how your ideas can influence policy, economics and societal outcomes. Study the functions of power, policies, international politics and political figures.

Fast facts

Location: The Bachelor of Arts is available in Townsville, Cairns and Online. Some subjects are not offered in every location. Please enquire if you are interested in a specific field of study.
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**
ATAR: 59

English (Units 3/4,C)

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Politics and International Relations

Take a deep dive into the people, institutions and issues involved in Australian and international politics. Explore political processes, policy, diplomacy, political economy, and globalisation of Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

While political science generally focuses on the governance of individual states, international relations is interested in interactions between countries. You will examine Australia's global position and role, economic and social policies, threats to security, poverty, and other topics relevant to our modern society.

Learn more about Politics and International Relations.


What career possibilities are there?

In politics, you may find roles as an adviser to a member of parliament, a public relations officer or as a political journalist. International relations professionals involved in foreign policy and diplomacy liaise with governments to help promote cooperation and protect Australia’s interests overseas.

Your work could involve managing international partnerships and the implications for the people of Australia and beyond. Draw on a specialisation including economics, law or medicine to devise strategies, outcomes or products that benefit communities around the world.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:
Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Bachelor of Arts course page.

Psychology Studies

Study psychological theory, human perception and social interaction to understand the influence of brain functions on decision-making and other behaviours.

Fast facts

Location: The Bachelor of Arts is available in Townsville, Cairns and Online. Some subjects are not offered in every location. Please enquire if you are interested in a specific field of study.
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**
ATAR: 59

English (Units 3/4,C)

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Psychology Studies

Explore the connections between social, psychological and physical health, and consider the impacts of environment and culture on how we learn, interpret and remember information.

Choose from a wide array of subjects on modern psychology, the nervous system, cognition, intelligence, motivation, emotion, health psychology, personality and psychological disorders. Add a second major to complement your interest in Psychology Studies and broaden your area of expertise.


What career possibilities are there?

The insight you gain from psychology studies is highly valued in professional areas including consumer behaviour, marketing, experimental sciences, data interpretation and more. Graduates pursue careers in areas including family and community support, guidance counselling, social research and schools.

Continue your studies with Honours and Master-level degrees to pursue a career in clinical or professional psychology. Find out more about the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and your potential path to becoming a registered psychologist.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help.

Contact us by:
Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Bachelor of Arts course page.

Sociology

Develop the analytical skills to learn how society is organised and how people relate to and interact with each other, objects and the world around us.

Fast facts

Location: The Bachelor of Arts is available in Townsville, Cairns and Online. Some subjects are not offered in every location. Please enquire if you are interested in a specific field of study.
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**
ATAR: 59

English (Units 3/4,C)

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Sociology

Study social trends to understand how societies and institutions have developed throughout history. Learning and using social science research tools, you will examine social and community structures in areas including government, family, economics, education and the workplace.

Sociology is a natural fit with many other Arts disciplines, including anthropology, criminology, history, politics, psychology and archaeology. It draws on observations and evidence to more deeply understand human social systems, in all their forms.

Learn more about Sociology.


What career possibilities are there?

Sociologists are typically employed in roles focused on analysing real-world examples and data sets to identify trends and anomalies, draw observations and make recommendations for social or policy improvements. Many collect sociological data for government or private companies to help shape government policy and social programs.

Research and policy originating in the field of sociology has a significant impact on various sectors, including politics, law, healthcare and technology. Roles in relationship-centred professions like marketing and human resources present other opportunities for sociologists to apply their skills in managing human connections and social interactions.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:
Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Bachelor of Arts course page.

Discover pathway options

JCU has several pathways and bridging courses to support you in gaining the qualifications you need to meet entry requirements.

JCU Prep provides a pathway into this course. Enrolling in this flexible program will enable you to meet entry requirements including subject pre-requisites and ATARs. Introductory academic subjects are also available to prepare you for tertiary study.

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