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Enrolment FAQs

Our Enrolment FAQs can help with any questions you may have about enrolment in Arts programs.

  • What important changes do I need to know about, for 2017 enrolment?

    Course Title Changes

    There have been a number of course title changes in 2017. When selecting courses, make sure that you do not inadvertently enrol in a course that you have already completed.Check the ‘Incompatible’ information in the Course Planner to make sure that you haven’t taken the course before under its previous title or subject area/catalogue number.

    In most cases, the course will have the same subject area and catalogue number, e.g. ENGL 1101, and you will receive a warning notification of a ‘repeat enrolment’ if you attempt to enrol for a second time in Access Adelaide; however in the situation where a subject area or catalogue number has changed, you will not receive a warning, and if the title has changed too, you may not recognise the course, e.g. POLI 1102 Introduction to International Politics changed to POLIS 1102 Global Politics. You cannot present the same course twice toward completion of your program.

    Level II and Level III Courses can be treated as Advanced Level courses for Continuing Students (pre-2016)

    For continuing students, Level II and Level III courses can be treated as Advanced Level courses which can count toward year two OR three of your degree. As a continuing student that began studying prior to 2016 all Level III course prerequisites are waived.

    New Majors Available

    From 2017 there will be a new Major in Gender Studies (GEND) which will replace the previous major of Gender Studies and Social Analysis (GSSA).

    If you commenced your studies prior to 2017 you can continue your Major in Gender Studies and Social Analysis. Please view the Major/Minor Course List for Gender Studies and Social Analysis (GSSA) (commenced prior to 2017) and the Major/Minor course list for Gender Studies (GEND) on the Faculty of Arts website.

  • When will I enrol for 2017?

    Continuing Students

    You will enrol in from 9.30am Friday 9 December 2016. Program open times can be found on the University of Adelaide Enrolments page.

    Summer School

    Enrolment in Summer School courses opens from 9.30am Wednesday 6 January 2017.

    2017 Commencing (New) Students

    You will enrol in from 9.30am Wednesday 6 January 2017.Program open times can be found on the University of Adelaide Enrolments page.

  • How do I enrol?

    For a step-by-step guide to the online enrolment process, see the University's How do I Enrol? web page.

  • What do I do if I have a timetable clash or receive an enrolment error?

    See our Study Handbook, which explains the types of Enrolment Errors you may receive and what to do in each case.

  • Do I need to complete ARTS 1007 The Enquiring Mind: Freedom and Media?

    ARTS 1007 The Enquiring Mind: Freedom and Media, involves the presentation of broad perspectives (the `Big' Questions) in the fields of arts, humanities and social sciences, and the systematic teaching of the key academic skills required in scholarly enquiry.

    All students who commenced degrees from 2014 onwards must complete this course in semester 1 or 2 of their first year, except those who gain entry into a few specific double degrees where an exemption is granted. Refer to the study plan relevant to you for clarification.

    Students who have transferred into a new program with a prior tertiary record may also be eligible for exemption from ARTS 1007. Please consult the Faculty office for advice.

    If you commenced your current degree prior to 2014, you do not need to complete this course; however if you have elective units remaining at Level I, you can complete this course if you wish. Note that a maximum of 24 units of Level I courses can be counted toward your program, so if you have already completed all Level I units, you won't be able to take this course.
  • What is a major?

    A major requires you to pass at least 24 units of courses (with no more than 6 units at first year level) within one discipline area e.g. English, History or Asian Studies. As the majority of courses are worth 3 units each, a major equates to 7 courses (or subjects) within the one area, studied across your degree.

    Some majors are non-standard. To find out which courses you need to study towards each major, see our Majors, Minors & Closed Electives web page
  • What is a minor?

    A minor requires you to pass at least 18 units of courses (with no more than 6 units at first year level) within one discipline area e.g. English, History or Asian Studies. As the majority of courses are worth 3 units each, a minor equates to 6 courses (or subjects) within the one area, studied across your degree.

    A minor must be in a different discipline to your major or primary area of study.

    Some minors are non-standard. To find out which courses you need to study towards each minor, see our Majors, Minors & Closed Electives web page.

  • What is a broadening elective?

    At least three courses (9 units) must be from outside the areas of your major and minor areas.  These are known as broadening electives. Students who complete a second major are exempt from this requirement (unless the majors are designated to be cognate).

    To find out which courses you could study as broadening electives, see our Majors, Minors & Closed Electives web page.

  • What is a closed elective/cognate?

    Cognates or closed electives (formally called approved electives) are compulsory courses that you must study towards your degree; however you have the flexibility to choose from a select list of courses.

    The degrees which require closed electives or cognates are as follows: Bachelor of International Development, Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management, Bachelor of International Studies, Bachelor of Media, Bachelor of Social Sciences and the Bachelor of Languages.

    To find out which closed elective or cognate courses you need to study towards your degree, see our Majors, Minors & Closed Electives web page.
  • Which degrees require a major or minor?

    Bachelor of Arts students must complete both a major and minor sequence. However, you can choose to complete two majors instead, by simply studying an additional 6 units of courses to fulfil the required 24 units. The extra 6 units required for a second major will replace elective courses. If you are studying a Bachelor of Arts in a double degree, you do not require a minor.

    The other degrees which require a minor sequence are the Bachelor of International Development, Bachelor of International Studies and the Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management.
  • What is an open elective and how do I choose open elective courses?

    Open elective courses are 'free choice' courses, which can be chosen from the Faculty of Arts or any faculty in the University. See our Open Elective Courses web page for further information, plus an online list of all courses offered by the Faculty of Arts.

  • There are new study plans released each year. Which plan should I follow?

    If program rules change, e.g. a core courses is changed, you are permitted to finish under the old program rules (if possible) or the new program rules. The Faculty office will assist you with your study plan so that you are not disadvantaged.

  • Can I study a Language?

    The University of Adelaide offers eight languages: Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek and Spanish. You can study any of our languages as a beginner or continuer.

    See our Languages web page to find out how you can incorporate language study into your degree.

  • Can I study Economics, Management, Marketing or International Business in my B.A?

    Yes, you can study one of the Commerce areas listed above as either a major or minor towards the Bachelor of Arts. However, these discipline areas can only be taken in addition to a Faculty of Arts major. As this is the case, you can only study these disciplines as part of a single Bachelor of Arts i.e. not a double degree.

    Please note that these courses do not count as Faculty of Arts courses, and can only be studied as a major, minor or in the open elective space of your degree.

  • Can I study a major in Psychology as part of my B.A?

    From 2015, a major in Psychology will no longer be available to students starting a Faculty of Arts program. The major in Psychology will only be offered in the Bachelor of Psychological Science; however Psychology will now be available as a minor, or for elective study.  To find out which courses you need to study towards a Psychology minor, see our Majors, Minors & Closed Electives web page.

    Students who completed courses in Psychology in 2014 or earlier will be able to finish their major. Until further notice, Psychology is still considered a Faculty of Arts area of study.

  • When are the course offerings and timetable released for next year?

    The Course Planner, showing which courses are available, is updated on 1 October each year. After this date, you can view the courses for the upcoming year, using the tabs at the top of the page.

    The timetable is then released in Course Planner on the first Monday in December of each year.
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