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Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Arts

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

Double degrees give students the opportunity to study two disciplines concurrently.

The Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Arts double degree gives students the opportunity to gain an understanding of business as it applies to the arts. Students can study a business and an arts major of their choice. Those who study this double degree are candidates for both degrees and are able to complete the two degrees with four-and-a-half years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent).

Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine knowledge of business and the arts; and those specific to each discipline. For business: accounting, advertising, banking, finance, human resource management, international business, marketing, and public relations. For arts: communication industries, community relations, journalism, cultural policy, management and administration, education, government, publishing, public service, multimedia design, creative and cultural industries, politics, social justice and human rights.

Professional recognition

Selected majors of the Bachelor of Business are accredited by major industry bodies.

Professional placement

Opportunities for professional placement are available. See Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts.

Major areas of study

Bachelor of Business majors available in the double degree: 

  • Accounting
  • Digital Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Bachelor of Arts majors available in the double degree:

  • Communication and Cultural Studies
  • Governance and Society
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Writing

Please note that some majors and units in this double degree are only available by distance education and may not be available at each location.

Assessment methods

Refer to the Bachelor of Business and the Bachelor of Arts.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Arts a candidate shall successfully complete not less than thirty-six (36) units (432 credit points) comprising:
  2. The Arts component must comprise:
    1. the five (5) core units from Part A of the Bachelor of Arts; and
    2. one (1) eight (8) unit major from Part B of the Bachelor of Arts; and
    3. five (5) elective units from the Bachelor of Arts
  3. The Business component must comprise:
    1. eight (8) core units from Part A of the Bachelor of Business; and
    2. one (1) eight (8) unit major from Part B of the Bachelor of Business; and
    3. two (2) elective units from the Bachelor of Business
      No unit can be counted twice

Schedule of units

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Domestic students

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'