Adapt to change
Study at UC to strengthen your social intelligence and learn skills that you’ll need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. We’ll prepare you for the jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago; and jobs not created yet.
A degree in the Arts and Humanities has at its heart the one constant this world of increasing change needs — how to understand and influence people.
The ability to understand and influence people (society, culture and communities) will only become more important as the world continues to undergo rapid and transformative technological, social, cultural and political change.
We round out core subject teaching with the technical skills (e.g. report writing, presentation and communication skills) and social intelligence (leadership and the ability to organise and mobilise people) needed to thrive in a word that is rapidly changing. We ready you to solve new and as yet unknown problems. We prepare you for the jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago; and the jobs that have yet to be created.
What sort of skills are you learning?
‘Formal writing, research skills and the ability to see the big picture. You’re always thinking critically and looking for connections between different areas. With a BA, you get to develop a lot of skills that can be applied in different contexts.’
Timothy Robson, studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, minoring in Classics
What is the highlight of your study so far?
‘Opportunities. Coming to uni, I was picturing just going to class, doing exams and heading to a few parties on the weekend. But there are literally so many opportunities. You can get involved in clubs and there are heaps of leadership roles. I’m Vice President of the UCSA. I’ve done international travel and gotten a job with International Partnership Support. All these unexpected things keep popping up!’
Emily Barker, studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Theory, and Psychology
What is the biggest strength of studying Arts?
‘In an Arts degree you learn so many transferable skills. I’m part of a business-oriented club called Global China Connection (GCC). I’m the only Arts student there, but the skills I’ve learned still got me in. When you cultivate adaptable skills like thinking outside the box, taking initiative and problem-solving you can apply them to any kind of interest or career.
...I started challenging myself to go outside my comfort zone and as a result I’ve become a lot more confident. I thought UC would be scary because it’s so big, but actually the opposite was true. It’s a safe place where you can grow, develop and find out who you are.’
Rachel Liao, studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, French, and Chinese
The Student Advisors in the College of Arts can help with degree planning and special applications.