Diploma of Liberal Arts: Foundations of Wisdom

Diploma of Liberal Arts: Foundations of Wisdom

General Information

The Diploma of Liberal Arts: Foundations of Wisdom is comprised of 8 units; 2 core units and 6 electives from the 1st and 2nd year suite of subjects. Students who have completed the Diploma course are able to continue into the second year of the BALA with full credit, if they choose. The units include subjects from each of the four main disciplines of theology, philosophy, literature and history.  These subjects train students to write, think and speak well, and to appreciate various orders of God’s creation.  These units are supplemented with two Christian worldview units, including an introductory unit focusing on the relationship between Christian thought and the liberal arts.​

Course Details

Course Code MI02
Level Undergraduate
QTAC Code 094801
Duration 1F/2P
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 80
Starting Semesters 1 & 2
Overseas Students Available
CRICOS Code 092840J

Course Accreditations

The Diploma of Liberal Arts

        • 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. 

A liberal arts diploma at the Millis Institute forms not a tool 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

Diploma of Liberal Arts (MI02)

The Diploma of Liberal Arts consists of 8 core 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.

Units for Diploma of Liberal Arts

Unit Summary
THL171 – Christian Thought and the Liberal Arts – CORE UNIT
CS116 Christian Foundations for Work and Vocation I – CORE UNIT
HT101 – A Map in Time: Introduction to History
HT241 – History of Christianity
LIT101 – Great Books of the Western World I
LIT200 – Classical Literature and Drama: Greece and Rome
PHL103 – Introduction to Philosophy
PHL210 – Ancient Philosophy I
HT102 – The West: Culture and Ideas
HT251 – Survey of Ancient Civilisations
LIT102 – The West: Culture and Ideas
LIT201 – Medieval and Renaissance Literature
PHL100 – Logic
PHL104 – Philosophy of Science
PHL220 – Ancient Philosophy II
THL190 – Early Christian Theology