Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Scopus Web of ScienceĀ® Altmetric
Type: Book chapter
Title: The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the BA Degree at the University of Adelaide since 1876
Author: Harvey, N.
Citation: A History of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide 1876-2012: Celebrating 125 Years of the Faculty of Arts, 2012 / Harvey, N., Fornasiero, J., McCarthy, G., Macintyre, C., Crossin, C. (ed./s), pp.1-22
Publisher: University of Adelaide Press
Publisher Place: Australia
Issue Date: 2012
ISBN: 9781922064363
Editor: Harvey, N.
Fornasiero, J.
McCarthy, G.
Macintyre, C.
Crossin, C.
Statement of
Nick Harvey
Abstract: INTRODUCTION The Bachelor of Arts (BA) was the first recognised degree at the University of Adelaide. Although informal classes for some subjects were held at the University between 1873 and 1875, official lectures began in 1876 with a curriculum comprising Humanities subjects that remain an integral part of the Arts degree in traditional universities, namely Philosophy, English and the classical languages. The Humanities provided the University's founding subjects because the BA was the only degree offered in the first eight years of the University's existence. The BA began to adopt a wider brief of basic scientific knowledge through additional courses in Physics, Chemistry and Biology but this changed in 1882, when the Bachelor of Science (BSc) was added to the curriculum and the natural sciences were transferred from the BA to the BSc. In response the BA imposed a new and compulsory curriculum, comprising Latin, Greek, Mathematics, Natural Philosophy, Logic, English, History, and Comparative Philology. Even though the first graduate of the University was awarded a BA degree in 1879, it was not until eight years later, in 1887, that the Faculty of Arts was inaugurated. At the same time, modern languages, such as French and German, were formally added to the range of subjects. In 1897, the Elder Conservatorium of Music was created as the first music school of its type in Australia, although at that time it was not part of the Faculty of Arts. Within the first two decades, many of the major components of what would eventually become the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences were already in place.
DOI: 10.1017/UPO9781922064363.001
Published version:
Appears in Collections:Aurora harvest
Geography, Environment and Population publications

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.