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The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific offers the only Bachelor of Pacific Studies degree in Australia. This three-year program affords students the opportunity to strengthen their understanding of the Pacific Islands by pursuing a diverse program of study. Students undertaking the Bachelor of Pacific Studies program are required to complete a total of 144 units., of which:

A maximum of 60 units can come from the completion of 1000 level courses (students pursuing other undergraduate degrees may enroll in the courses listed below subject to approval).

The 144 units must include:

A minimum of 12 units from the following thematic lists:

A maximum of 24 units from one of the following minors of languages spoken in the Pacific:

  • French Language and Culture Minor
  • Tetum Language Minor
  • Tok Pisin Language Minor

24 units from completion of one of the following minors:

Languages spoken in the Pacific or of historical and community importance:

  • Chinese language
  • French Language and Culture
  • German Language and Culture
  • Indonesian language
  • Japanese language
  • Tetum Language
  • Tok Pisin Language 
  • Spanish

Disciplinary and regional studies minors of relevance to the study of the Pacific Islands:

  • Archaeology
  • Art History and Theory
  • Asia-Pacific International Relations
  • Asian history
  • Asian Art History
  • Asian and Pacific Anthropology
  • Asian and Pacific Culture, Media and Gender
  • Anthropology
  • Australian Indigenous Studies
  • Biodiversity and Conservation Management
  • Climate Science and Policy
  • Comparative Politics
  • Demography
  • Development Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Economic Studies
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Geography
  • Heritage and Museum Studies
  • History
  • Human Rights
  • Indonesian Studies
  • International Relations
  • Linguistics
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Political Theory
  • Popular Music
  • Social Research Methods
  • Sociology
  • Sustainable Development
  • Visual Arts Practice
  • War Studies

48 units of from completion of elective courses offered by ANU.


The ANU also offers a major in Pacific Languages for undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies or a Bachelor of Asian Studies. For information about Pacific Studies at a Masters and PhD level, please contact the Convenor of the Pacific Institute.