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Extended Major

Western Civilisation

Bachelors of Humanities / Laws (Honours)

Immerse yourself in a creative and diverse curriculum, with a strong critical focus on the key intellectual movements that have shaped Western civilisation from antiquity to the current day.

Through reading, studying and critiquing major works of literature, art, music, politics, law and religion, you'll develop an understanding of the dynamic interplay of social, historical and aesthetic forces that have contributed to evolving conceptions of the West.

Up to 30 scholarships valued at $32,000 per year for the full-time duration of the program are available to commencing students each year to study Western Civilisation in either the Bachelor of Advanced Humanities (Honours) or Bachelor of Humanities/Bachelor of Laws (Honours). The scholarship is open to school leavers with Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency status.

Graduates go on to careers in different fields of law, or roles in diplomatic and intelligence services, policymaking, advisory positions and much more.


1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2024

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Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Policy adviser
  • Diplomatic officer
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Classics teacher
  • Government and public affairs manager
  • Arts critic
  • Humanitarian aid official
  • Humanitarian leadership director
  • Music critic

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Overseas study
  • Seminars

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • The Classical World
  • Jewish and Christian Works
  • Empire and its Critics
  • Sounding the West: Music and Cultures

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