Arts at Monash is your comprehensive gateway to a wide range of fascinating and rewarding areas of study across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Pair this with a Master of Tourism and fast track your way to a higher qualification.
In your Bachelor of Arts degree you will choose from a select range of majors related to the destination Masters degree. You’ll also have the scope to choose from almost 40 different areas of study for your Minor and electives, including languages, social sciences, communications, politics, human rights, and international relations. While developing an informed, critical awareness of the fields you're most passionate about, you’ll lay the groundwork for a wealth of exciting careers.
As a high achieving student (75% average), in the third year of your degree you will start to transition into the Masters degree. Rapid global change is increasing the demand for highly skilled professionals in international tourism and related industries. Australia's leading, longest-running and most innovative industry-focused postgraduate tourism program, the Master of Tourism prepares students for careers in tourism management, planning, policy and sustainable development.
You will develop skills and specialist knowledge in all aspects of the international tourism industry, including key sectors such as tourism marketing and destination management. Focussing on current and future industry trends, you will acquire a global perspective on all forms of tourism mobility and impacts. Your study will be enriched by industry-based workshops and field schools.
As preparation for transitioning into the Masters degree during your third year, you will select from one of the following areas for your major:
- Chinese Studies
- French Studies
- German Studies
- Human Geography
- Indonesian Studies
- International Studies
- Italian Studies
- Japanese Studies
- Korean Studies
- Spanish and Latin American Studies
The Bachelor of Arts offers both diversity and focus, and builds informed, skilful and critically aware citizens of the world. In addition to your major, you can sample from a wide range of study areas, giving you a comprehensive base across areas in the arts, humanities and social sciences. You'll develop a rich understanding of human difference and communication, the complexities of social organisation, and humankind's trajectory through the past and into the future.
With many opportunities to undertake study overseas, or via a study tour or internship program, you’ll become an expert in your chosen area, and will be work ready, equipped with the core skills employers in all sectors are looking for including:
- written and verbal communication skills
- teamwork skills
- listening and decision-making skills
- leadership and negotiation skills
- methods to build rapport and confidence
- critical-thinking skills
- problem-solving skills
- research skills
The Masters course will broaden your knowledge and skills in domestic and international marketing, cultural tourism, development and planning, natural resource management, environmental studies, research techniques, cross-cultural and regional studies, sustainability and communications.
Our academic staff are widely regarded as research pioneers in the field of high-yield, independent (or backpacker) travel, and the associated impacts on urban tourism, including the development of small and medium-sized enterprises.
You will have an opportunity to attend an international field school within an emerging economy in the Asia-Pacific region, such as Fiji or Vietnam, where you will gain a deeper understanding of the challenges facing the development of the industry, and how tourism can be harnessed to maximise the benefits for developing nations. Further opportunities exist for students to participate in study tours throughout Australia.
Our program has excellent international networks and partners and you may also wish to participate in an international student exchange semester at one of our prestigious partner universities in Sweden, Estonia or Latvia.
This course leads to two separate degrees.
You will gain all the benefits of a Bachelor’s degree and a Masters course (see Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Master of Tourism).
As a graduate with a degree in Arts you’ll be prepared for global employment opportunities in a wide range of occupations and settings. The Masters course graduates are employed in a variety of government and private-sector tourism organisations: state, regional and national tourism offices; management consultancy firms; advertising agencies; media and TV research and journalism; internet communication organisations; local government tourism agencies; international education organisations; and airline and tour operators.