Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts

General Information

In a liberal arts degree you gain mastery of the foundational tools of learning –  learning how to think, write, and speak well – while also receiving a deep immersion in the disciplines of philosophy, theology, literature and history. Each student can choose to major in one of these four disciplines.

The BALA is comprised of 24 units: 18 core units and 6 electives. The units a student chooses to take for their electives will determine which major (or majors) they will graduate with at the end of their degree. Students are not required to undertake a major and may choose to use their elective units to broaden their knowledge across different disciplines.

Course Details

Course Code MI11
Level Undergraduate
QTAC Code 094901
Duration 3F/6P (2F accelerated)
Entry Requirements Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent); English language proficiency requirements apply; the application process includes the provision of personal statements and an interview.
Assumed Knowledge English – HA (QCAA) (or equivalent)
Mode On Campus
Credit Points 240
Starting Semesters 1 & 2
Overseas Students Available
CRICOS Code 092841G

Course Accreditations

The Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts is:

    • accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and appears in the list of accredited CHC courses on the National Register of Higher Education Providers.
    • approved for FEE-HELP, Youth Allowance/Abstudy and Austudy (personal eligibility requirements apply).

Career Outcomes

A multidisciplinary liberal arts education provides flexibility in the job market.  By cultivating transferable skills—like critical thinking, effective communication, managing complexity, creative problem-solving, synthesising data into arguments—the liberal arts equip students to pursue a broad range of careers.  Some of the most common are teaching, journalism, law, public policy, business, history, international relations, marketing, ministry, philosophy, social science, and academia. 

Whereas a specialised undergraduate degree trains people for their first job, a liberal arts degree enables them to move into a second, third, or fourth job more easily.  

Employers also recognise the importance of hiring workers with sound reasoning, analytical and communication skills.  Global leaders like Apple™ and Google™ have been intentional about hiring liberal arts graduates. 

The Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts forms a tool not for any single career but a key to unlocking many.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide certified documentary evidence that their secondary schooling, or tertiary studies of at least one year, was conducted in the English language or they have satisfactory results in an acceptable English Language Proficiency examination (see table below). Results are to be no more than two years old as at the commencement of the course of study.

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 (at least 6.0 in all subtests)
PTE (Academic) 59 (at least 51 in all subtests)
TOEFL (IBT) 90 (at least 16 in Listening, Reading; 21 in Writing; 18 in Speaking)

Course Structure

Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts (MI11)

The Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts consists of 24 units.

CHC provides sample unit outlines for each unit offered in this course. Should you wish to view the latest version of a unit outline, please contact the Course Coordinator via the Millis Institute Administration Office at reception@chc.edu.au.

In planning their courses, students must consult the relevant Courses Handbook for information regarding course rules and requirements, including unit prerequisite requirements.


Unit Summary
CS116 Christian Foundations for Work and Vocation I
CS216 Christian Foundations for Work and Vocation II
HT101 A Map in Time: Introduction to History
HT102 The West: Culture and Ideas
HT241 History of Christianity
HT251 Survey of Ancient Civilisations
LIT140 Great Books of the Western World I
LIT150 Great Books of the Western World II
LIT200 Classical Literature and Drama: Greece and Rome
LIT201 Medieval and Renaissance Literature
PHL100 Logic
PHL102 Medieval Philosophy / PHL220 in 2019
PHL103 Introduction to Philosophy (Bachelor)
PHL104 Philosophy of Science
PHL210 Ancient Philosophy I
THL171 Christian Thought and the Liberal Arts
THL190 Early Christian Theology