Fully-Funded North Sydney Campus Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) – AUSTRALIA CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY 2022 – 2023 

The brightest minds explore the biggest questions.

Study a Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilization) or the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilization)/Bachelor of Laws with ACU – exciting courses exploring the intellectual tradition and culture of the West. Scholarships are available.

This is a liberal arts degree that will give ambitious students a broad understanding of Western literature, philosophy, art, politics, religion, science and history, and a deep appreciation of the ways in which these traditions (in dialogue with other cultures) have helped to shape the modern world.

This unique liberal arts degree is centered on a ‘great books’ approach to the study of Western civilization. You’ll delve into works by Plato and Aristotle; Augustine and Aquinas; Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo; Homer and Shakespeare; Locke and Hume; Dickens and Tolstoy – and you will also explore, critique and debate their enduring influence. If you choose to study the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilization)/Bachelor of Laws double degree, you’ll also immerse yourself in legal studies.


You will develop skills greatly valued by contemporary employers across a range of professions: clear communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and problem-solving – skills that will allow you to navigate the complexities of the modern world, and to make your own contributions to our common future. With the double degree, you’ll also gain the skills to become a confident, ethical lawyer with the legal skills and knowledge to make a real contribution to the legal profession.



The Ramsay Centre is funding 30 generous scholarships valued at up to $150,000 to support students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) or Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Bachelor of Laws at the North Sydney Campus.

The scholarships are $30,000 per year of the degree up to $90,000 for the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) and up to $150,000 for the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Bachelor of Laws. It includes funding for an optional international study experience, and an early payment to help offset start-up costs such as relocation and accommodation.

Scholarships are granted based on academic merit and alignment with Ramsay attributes, such as leadership qualities, commitment to enrichment of society, and critical habit of mind, and ACU’s mission and focus, such as commitment to the dignity of the human person and the common good.

ACU is offering 30 scholarships to students undertaking this degree, funded by the Ramsay Centre, each valued at up to $90,000 ($30,000 per year of the degree). Students eligible for scholarship will be selected by a committee, comprising senior ACU and Ramsay Centre staff.

Applicants who wish to be considered for a scholarship, will need to meet the essential requirements for admission to the BAWC:

  • Provide details of their academic achievements, leadership experience and community engagement activities using the Applicant Resume Form;
  • Provide a 1000-1500 word essay in response to the following question: How should champions of Western Civilisation reply to its critics today?
  • Attend an interview
  • The Applicant Resume Form and essay response should be uploaded as a part of the application to study.

Eligibility -Scholarship applicants will also:

  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident at the time of application;
  • in the ordinary course:
  1. complete year 12 in the year of application; or
  2. have completed Year 12 in the preceding 3 years
  • have not undertaken preliminary study at a tertiary level, other than secondary school advancement programs or first year Bachelor level study

Or you could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities.



30 November 2021 Closing date for applications to the following course:


First round of applications close for the Ramsay Scholarship in:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/ Bachelor of Laws




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