A minor is a group of six subjects within a particular study area, and is taken alongside your major.

The following disciplines can be undertaken as minors only in the Bachelor of Arts: 

Chinese Studies
The Chinese Studies minor focuses on the cultural, political and religious traditions of China. Subjects look at power in China, modern Chinese literature and Chinese politics.

Development Studies

Development Studies addresses processes of social, economic, political and cultural change in the global south. This minor allows you to critically examine processes of managed change in the developing world, giving you the skills to intervene in such processes. Through this program you will better understand the nature of policies and relationships at local, national and international levels that have shaped poverty, inequality and insecurity in the contemporary world.

English Language Studies
English Language Studies enhances effective use of the most widely used language in the world. You will develop an understanding of the history of English, its subtle and intricate grammar, and the status of its many social and geographical varieties.

Environmental Studies
This versatile minor enables you to gain practical and relevant experience through laboratory work, group projects and field trips, including opportunities for fieldwork research in China. Environmental Studies combines knowledge of natural environments with an understanding of how human societies work. It analyses environmental management, biogeography and sustainability.

European Studies
European Studies is a cross-disciplinary program that looks at European culture, society and languages. You will complete core European Studies subjects and can also take subjects from areas such as history, literary studies, languages, philosophy, politics and art history.

Knowledge and Learning

The Knowledge and Learning minor allows you to examine the ways in which differing forms of knowledge are constructed, produced, managed and disseminated. You will discover the learning processes that support this in a range of social, historical and political contexts. 

Law and Justice

In this minor you will examine the capacity and power of law to deliver justice in a range of social, historical and political contexts. A key focus is the origins and effects of legal processes.

Social Theory
Social Theory analyses the organisation and transformations of societies and cultures. It questions the everyday assumptions that shape our lives and considers such issues as the division of power and the nature of identity.

Any of the majors available in the Bachelor of Arts can also be studied as minors.


Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Arts

Clearly-in Rank 2018
85.00 Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2018. i

The Clearly-in Rank should be used as a guide for entry. It is not set in advance and may vary from year to year. The Clearly-in Rank is determined by the number of places available, the number of applicants listing the course as a preference and the academic achievement of those applicants.

Access Melbourne 2018
80.00 Guaranteed entry

Access Melbourne allows you to be considered below the Clearly-in Rank. Guaranteed entry is available to eligible students from a rural area or disadvantaged financial background. i

Access Melbourne can help you gain a place in a course, even if your ATAR is below the Clearly-in Rank. Eligible students must apply through Access Melbourne and meet prerequisites.

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Minimum ATAR 2018
85.00 Guide only i

You must achieve the minimum ATAR (if indicated) to be considered for entry to this degree. The Clearly-in Rank may be above the Minimum ATAR, depending on the demand for the course and the number of places available.


Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL. Applicants intending to major in Economics must have at least 25 in Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics.