Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

JCU's Bachelor of Arts majoring in Human Services is a professional degree that prepares you for work with marginalised and vulnerable people. You learn practical skills through individual and group projects, plus field trips. Our teachers are all professionals with many years of human services experience.

Course summary
Campus Townsville; Cairns; Flexible delivery
Duration 3 years full time
Part time available
Midyear Entry Yes
OP/Rank 2015 19/60
CRICOS code 010346B
Prerequisites English

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Explore environmental issues and participate in work experience placements and practical projects. JCU's major in Environmental Studies incorporates subjects from ecology and geography with subjects from engineering, social sciences, law and Indigenous environmental management.

Course summary
Campus Townsville; Cairns
Duration 3 years full time
Part time available
Midyear Entry Yes
OP/Rank 2015 19/60
CRICOS code 010346B
Prerequisites English

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Anthropology is a field of study that helps us understand our world, with a focus on culture and social systems, including virtual realities and internet communities.

Course summary
Campus Townsville; Cairns
Duration 3 years full time
Part time available
Midyear Entry Yes
OP/Rank 2015 19/60
CRICOS code 010346B
Prerequisites English

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Geography students study the interaction between people, natural events and the environment. JCU's geography major gives you skills and knowledge in field observation, laboratory analysis and computing techniques. Our teachers are leading experts and researchers.

Course summary
Campus Townsville; Cairns
Duration 3 years full time
Part time available
Midyear Entry Yes
OP/Rank 2015 19/60
CRICOS code 010346B
Prerequisites English

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Exploring Indigenous Australian Studies will give you a deeper understanding of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their histories, environments, cultures, languages, politics and economies. You will gain first-hand experience by participating in field trips.

Course summary
Campus Townsville; Cairns; External
Duration 3 years full time
Part time available
Midyear Entry Yes
OP/Rank 2015 19/60
CRICOS code 010346B
Prerequisites English

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The Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology is designed to give you a deeper understanding of the biological, social and cultural factors which influence how humans think, feel and behave. Choose this course if you are interested in psychology but also wish to study other areas in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Course summary
Campus Townsville; Cairns; Singapore
Duration 3 years full time
Part time available
Midyear Entry Yes
OP/Rank 2015 19/60
CRICOS code 010346B
Prerequisites English

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What is Psychology?

Psychologists are interested in how people think, feel and behave. They study individuals, groups, organisations and communities and then apply this knowledge to assess, diagnose, prevent and treat problems.

Psychologists use scientific methods to study the human mind and behaviour, they also develop theories and then test them, providing new information that adds to an already established body of knowledge.

Psychology is a part of all industries – just think about it, understanding the many factors that influence how people think and why they behave the way they do provides business with vital information that can be used to sell products, reach target markets and even resolve disputes.

Career opportunities


You will be able to pursue a diverse range of careers in government and human services, business corporations and the health sector. Your skill set will be valued in areas such as marketing and advertising, professional writing and media, and human resources. Understanding the many factors that influence how people think and why they behave the way they do provides organisations with vital information that can be used to sell products, reach target markets and resolve disputes.

Course overview

Our three-year program allows you to combine your psychology studies with other Arts disciplines. This gives you a deeper understanding of the biological, social and cultural factors that influence how humans think, feel and behave, while at the same time allowing you to also pursue other areas of interest within the Bachelor of Arts framework.

James Cook University’s Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology places a strong emphasis on students being actively engaged in current research – this means from the very beginning of your studies you will be part of real-world scenarios. Our students attend seminars presented by national and international experts and obtain skills through situated learning approaches.

Contribute to a socially just world

Human Services is a professional practice field that involves assisting and supporting people and communities to overcome difficulties and life changes. It is concerned with social policy, community planning and development, education and capacity building, and organisational practice and social responsibility.

Course overview

Our close research and working relationships with government agencies and local community groups ensure your learning is relevant and practical. You have the flexibility to study some of the subjects in the Human Services major online. If you choose to study online, you will:

• Download podcasts and slideshows of lectures

• Participate in weekly quizzes

• Participate in web based tutorials

• Download readings

• Participate in online discussion boards.

You are required to be on campus for some subjects.

You are also able to study a second major, without extending your study duration. Complementary majors are psychology, sociology, criminology and Indigenous Australian studies.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are employed in areas such as the youth and criminal justice system, community planning and development, social policy development disaster relief, child and family services and aged care.

Important for our community

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people have an important place in tropical Queensland, as the traditional custodians of the land and sea and as part of a culturally diverse community.

Traditional connections and responsibilities remain strong, making an important contribution to the region’s cultural life.

James Cook University provides subjects in this course and manages research projects that provide the opportunity for students to undertake research in the field of Indigenous studies.

The Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Australian Studies) gives you a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and their histories, environment, cultures, languages, politics and economies.

The degree is offered to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. It recognises the significance of Indigenous languages and cultures as an important part of the heritage of all Australians.

Course highlights

  • through collaboration with Indigenous communities, the Bachelor of Indigenous Studies offers first-hand experience of the diversity of Indigenous life in northern Australia

  • field trips give students first-hand experience of contemporary Indigenous communities, enhancing their understanding of community histories and current issues

  • students also gain an insight into research ethics and protocols for consulting with communities.

Study online

If you choose to study online, you will:

  • download podcasts and slideshows of lectures

  • participate in weekly quizzes and questions

  • participate in web based tutorials

  • download readings

  • participate in online discussion boards.

Assessment is done via

  • weekly quizzes

  • participation in online discussion boards

  • essays

  • online exams (sometimes physical exams are held in a location close to you).

Do you want to make a difference?

This degree explores environmental issues within the flexibility of a Bachelor of Arts framework. It integrates study from economics, engineering, law, science and social sciences with the relevant basic disciplines of ecology and geography.

An Environmental Studies major focuses on the future of our planet and the human societies it supports - a future that depends on committed, informed and critical people who have been trained to confront the challenges of environmental issues. Does this sound like you?

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Access all areas

Students at James Cook University are lucky enough to have some of the most spectacular environments on earth right on their doorstep, including:

  • the Great Barrier Reef

  • world heritage-listed rainforests of the wet tropics

  • tropical savanna

  • wetland environments.

This means you have unparalleled access to environments that have been and continue to be areas of interest and valuable information sources for environmentalists the world over.

A foot in the door

You will also benefit from our close links with leading resource management agencies, such as:

Links with these organisations translate into exciting and relevant work experience placements and project work opportunities.

More than just maps…

When most people think of geography maps, compasses and spinning globes come to mind, but it is much more than that – it is the ‘study of place’.

By studying the interaction between people, natural events and the environment geographers can help solve major ecological and environmental problems. Geographers are ‘big picture’ people, bringing together a combination of specialist skills to tasks such as:

  • environmental and town planning

  • land management

  • environmental impact assessment.

What you will learn

Students enrolled in James Cook University’s Bachelor of Arts (Geography) will learn the skills required to analyse ecological and environmental problems.

You will learn to identify problems, evaluate explanations, analyse data and suggest solutions. On top of this, you will also complete practical and project work, both alone and in groups, gathering and interpreting information in the field as well as from written sources.

Specific skills include field observation and measurement, basic statistical procedures, computing techniques, and, in physical geography, methods of laboratory analysis.

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Far northern opportunities

Students at James Cook University are lucky enough to have some of the most spectacular environments on earth right on their doorstep, including:

  • the Great Barrier Reef

  • world heritage-listed rainforests of the wet tropics

  • tropical savannah

  • wetland environments.

For students studying Geography at James Cook this means unparalleled access to environments that have been and continue to be areas of interest and valuable information sources for geographers the world over.

In addition to this students also benefit from the University’s close links with leading resource management agencies, such as:

Links with these organisations translate into exciting and relevant work experience placements and project work opportunities.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology is not an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence. If you wish to complete an APAC accredited sequence of subjects you should seek advice from our expert staff. Choose JCU’s Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) if you want to become a registered psychologist.

Students wishing to register as Psychologists should consult with academic staff for advice to ensure they choose the correct sequence of subjects, as the APAC sequence is not automatically part of the Bachelor Arts (Psychology) structure.

Students who complete a four-year Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence in Psychology are eligible to apply for conditional registration as psychologists with the Psychologists Board of Queensland.

Career Opportunities

This is an employment-orientated degree that equips Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Career pathways include private sector, Indigenous community organisations and government departments.

Indigenous Australian Studies graduates are sought for careers in both the public and private sectors in management, politics, policy and planning, research, advocacy, administration, community engagement, cultural heritage management, education and training, and community welfare. Key industries include tourism, the arts, media, health, law, the environment, human services and resource management.

Career Opportunities

Graduates who have completed the APAC accredited, four-year program can progress to careers as professional psychologists in private practice, government policy development, health and allied health, education, human resource management, research institutions, or the criminal justice system and correctional facilities. Alternatively, depending on their results, graduates of the four-year program may apply to do a clinical Masters or Doctorate degree or pursue a research degree.

Graduates of the non-accredited psychology major (over three years or a fourth Honours year) can pursue a diverse range of careers in government and human services organisations, business corporations, and the health sector where psychology and arts qualifications are valuable in, for example, media, market research, advertising, public relations and human resources.

Career opportunities

Geographers are ‘big picture’ professionals. They work for government or non-government agencies with interests in:

  • local and regional planning disaster planning

  • population planning

  • protected area management

With further study, Geography graduates can pursue careers as researchers and teachers at all levels of the education system.

Joint degree options

Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU the Bachelor of Arts degree can be combined as a joint degree in:

*Not available with all Arts majors.


This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.