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Bachelor of Arts BA


With over 25 major subjects to choose from and spanning the humanities, social sciences, languages and creative arts, UC arts students can explore diverse subjects and worlds.

Over the three years of your degree, you will gain a number of transferable skills employers want, and there are unique practical experiences such as internships on offer too.

Features of the BA at UC

  • Flexible degree so you can specialise or study a wide variety of topics
  • Develops skills recruiters want - research, writing, critical thinking, analysis and communication
  • Option of an internship course in second and third year to gain practical experience
  • A wide range of scholarship, postgraduate and career opportunities are available

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. A good standard of oral and written English is important.

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.

BA students specialise in two areas, meaning they must meet the requirements for either a major and a minor, or two majors (double major). You should include first-year courses that allow you to advance to 200-level in at least two, and preferably three, subjects.

The BA is a highly flexible degree, which means that as well as the major and minor subjects offered you can study courses such as Antarctic Studies, Biosecurity, Computer Science or Law that count as a credit towards your BA. See the Regulations website below for more details.

How many points do I need for a BA major or minor?
  • Every major has specific course requirements, but all consist of a minimum of 135 points in a single Arts subject. Of these, at least 60 points must be at 300-level and at least 45 points at 200-level.
  • A minor consists of a minimum of 75 points in a single Arts subject, including at least 45 points above 100-level.

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

BA degree structure diagram

Double degrees

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

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.

** Not open to new enrolments in 2015

Further study

In the College of Arts we have a wide range of options for postgraduate and graduate study with excellent research facilities, including specialised research centres such as the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, the Social Science Research Centre, New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies, Te Awatea Violence Research Centre and the National Centre for Research on Europe.

Postgraduate and graduate qualifications include:

Career opportunities

BA Internships combine theory and practice and count towards your degree. UC offers internship papers at 200-level, 300-level and Honours (400-level). Participants gain a valuable taste of the professional world and find out what area they would like to work in after university.

Arts graduates enjoy a raft of exciting career destinations in media, government, international relations, arts, culture, heritage, archival, politics, public policy, writing, editing, PR, communications, conservation, tourism, teaching, community development, publishing, design, business, advertising or marketing.

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).