Bachelor of Arts - CDF

Expand Your Horizons

Take the lead and broaden your career prospects in the Australian Defence Force by studying a Bachelor of Arts at UNSW Canberra at ADFA. This undergraduate degree will enrich your understanding of the world and challenge you to think outside the box. Whether you want to learn a new language, study a new culture, or discover the past, studying a Bachelor of Arts will prepare you for a multifaceted career in a wide range of industries. 

Learn to Lead

A UNSW Canberra Bachelor of Arts degree gives you strong communication and research skills - essential attributes of effective leaders in the Australian Defence Force. The Bachelor of Arts degree enriches your understanding of how human beings make and debate life’s meaning and values. Students develop their capacity for critical analysis and argument as well as an awareness of the value of language as a political, intellectual, creative and communicative tool. The diverse range of courses and electives form pathways for majors in: 

  • Business  

  • English and Media Studies  

  • Geography  

  • History 

  • Indonesian Studies  

  • International and Political Studies (IPS). 

Chief of Defence Force Program

The Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) programs offer the opportunity for students entering UNSW Canberra with a high Entrance Rank, and who maintain a high level of performance in their studies, to undertake research in a range of disciplines that will develop their critical thinking and independent research skills beyond that available in the standard bachelor degree programs. 

The range of CDF programs are characterised by the inclusion of specialist courses in critical analysis and/or research methods appropriate to the area of study. All programs also include discipline-specific research projects. The research projects will be supervised by academic staff from the relevant discipline. With the approval of the Head of School, multi- or cross-disciplinary projects may be undertaken. Students in the research courses may work independently or as part of a team, depending on the nature of the project undertaken, though all students will submit individual assessment. Final assessment will be based on a written paper or report and oral presentations.  

Throughout the program, students will be engaged with cohort activities so as to develop and maintain their interest and continuing involvement in the program via invited lectures, seminars, general reading and social events. 

World-Class Teaching & Facilities

The UNSW Canberra School of Humanities and Social Sciences is recognised for academic excellence in both research and teaching. We offer an outstanding higher education experience for our unique and diverse student population, with the best university teacher-to-student ratio in Australia. Our researchers and teaching staff are experts in their fields and are dedicated to developing future global leaders in defence and industry. 

UNSW Canberra is home to several unique state-of-the-art facilities. When you study with us, you’ll have exclusive access to the UNSW Canberra Academy Library Special Collections. Items of national significance include more than 300 manuscript collections, 13,000 rare items and papers of the former Prime Minister John Howard.

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