Diploma of Liberal Arts: Foundations of Wisdom
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.
|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)|
|Starting Semesters||1 & 2|
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 offering to overseas students and appears on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
- approved for FEE-HELP, Youth Allowance/Abstudy and Austudy (personal eligibility requirements apply).
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||6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all subtests|
|TOEFL||575 or better (pBT – paper-based); 90 or better with no subscore lower than 20 (iBT – internet-based)|
|STAT||156 or higher in the Verbal component|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
|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|