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Bachelor of Arts BA


The Bachelor of Arts is a flexible three-year degree that allows you to study a wide range of subjects, while specialising in two areas (major and minor or double major). As a graduate, you can work in many areas including tourism, the media, government, museums, libraries, banking, publishing and teaching.

Features of the BA at UC

  • Flexible, broad-based three-year degree
  • Develops communication, research and analytical skills
  • Over 30 major subjects to choose from
  • Option of an internship course in third year to gain practical experience
  • Wide range of postgraduate options and career opportunities

Recommended preparation

Although successful study to Year 13 is recommended for advanced Mathematics courses, all Arts subjects, including languages, can be started at first-year level without previous study, provided you have entry to the University. A good standard of oral and written English is important. Courses in writing and study skills are available.

Degree structure

The BA requires a minimum total of 360 points made up as follows:

  • At least 255 points from Arts courses,
  • The remaining 105 points can be from either Arts courses or courses from other degrees,
  • At least 225 points from courses above 100-level, with at least 90 points at 300-level.

In addition, students must also meet the requirements for either a major and a minor, or two majors (double major).

  • A major consists of a minimum of 135 points in a single Arts subject. Of these 135 points, at least 60 points must be at 300-level and at least 45 points at 200-level or above,
  • A double major must meet the majoring requirements for two separate Arts subjects,
  • A minor consists of a minimum of 75 points in a single Arts subject, including at least 45 points above 100-level,
  • Any given course may contribute to only one major or minor.

Some majors have other requirements.

For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the BA (University Regulations website).

You have the option of an internship course (ARTS 395) in third year to give you practical work experience. You should include courses in your first year that allow you to advance to 200-level in at least two, and preferably three, subjects.

BA degree structure diagram

Double degrees

It is possible to combine an Arts degree with other degrees such as Law, Commerce, Health Sciences or Science. Normally you can complete the two degrees in five years (some degree combinations may take longer). Students considering a double degree should seek advice from a College of Arts Student Advisor.

See the double degrees page for more information.


Available as a minor only

Other subjects

The following subjects are not available as majors or minors but have a course (or courses) that counts as an Arts course towards the Bachelor of Arts degree.

*Subject to UNZ CUAP approval due December 2013.

Further study

Postgraduate and graduate qualifications include:

Career opportunities

For further career information, please go to


For more information email or freephone in NZ 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

For assistance with planning your programme of study contact a College of Arts Student Advisor (advancing students) or Liaison Office (new students) or visit the Liaison Office's course planning page (new students).