Bachelor of Arts - Award Regulations - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts

The following regulations apply to students commencing study within the 2017 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website).

See also General Course and Examination Regulations.

1.
Requirements of the Degree

Every candidate for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts shall follow a course of study as laid down in these Regulations consisting of not fewer than 3 EFTS (360 points).

2.
Structure of the Degree

To qualify for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts:

(a)
a candidate must pass courses having a minimum total value of 360 points and:
i.
at least 255 of the 360 points must be from courses listed in Schedule B to the Regulations for the Bachelor of Arts degree;
ii.
the remaining 105 points may be for courses from any degree of the University. (These courses will be subject to the Regulations for the other degree.)
(b)
within the structure outlined in clause 2(a) a candidate must pass courses to the value of:
i.
at least 225 points above 100-level; and
ii.
at least 90 points at 300-level.
(c)
within the provisions outlined above a candidate shall satisfy the requirements for either a major and a minor, or two majors. Majors for the Bachelor of Arts degree are listed in Schedule A to these regulations. Minors for the Bachelor of Arts degree are listed in Schedule A of the Bachelor of Arts degree and Schedule B of the Bachelor of Commerce degree regulations.
Notes:
1.
A major consists of a minimum of 135 points from a single subject area. Of these 135 points, at least 60 points must be at 300-level and at least a further 45 points at 200-level or above. The requirements for the major in each subject area are listed in Schedule A to the Regulations for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
2.
A double major must meet the majoring requirements for two separate subject areas.
3.
A minor consists of a minimum of 75 points from a single subject area, including at least 45 points above 100-level. The requirements for a minor in each subject area are listed in Schedule A to the Regulations for the Bachelor of Arts degree or Schedule B to the Regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce degree.
4.
The major and minor must be in two separate subject areas listed in Schedule A.
5.
Any given course may contribute to only one major or minor. Where the same course is required for more than one major or minor, a substitute course, approved by the Dean of Arts, will be required.
3.
Excessive Load

A personal course of study having more than 75 points for a single semester is regarded as excessive. Candidates who wish to enrol for a course of study whose total points exceeds 75 points for a single semester must first obtain the approval of the Dean of Arts.

4.
Direct Entry into Advanced Courses

Subject to the approval of the Dean of Arts, a student who has achieved a sufficient standard in a subject or subjects in the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) or other comparable examination may apply for a waiver of prerequisite in one or more courses listed in the Schedule without having passed the appropriate prerequisite to the course provided that:

(a)
if the candidate is credited with the course he or she shall not thereafter be credited with any prerequisite in the subject of which that course forms a part, and
(b)
if the candidate fails the course but in the opinion of the examiners attains the standard of a pass in a course at 100 or 200-level he or she shall be credited with a pass in such a course or courses as the Dean of Ats may decide.

Note: Before being recommended by the Dean of Arts for admission under this Regulation, a candidate shall take such tests as may be required by the Dean of Arts.

5.
Credit for Other Tertiary Qualifications

The Academic Board may grant credit towards the degree from any other tertiary qualification where the content and standard of such study are considered appropriate to the degree. Credit may be specified or unspecified, and will be at an appropriate level. Credit from a completed degree will not exceed a maximum of 120 points. Credit from an incomplete degree, diploma or other tertiary qualification will not exceed 240 points.

6.
Cross Credit Between BA and LLB Degrees
(a)
A candidate for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts who is or has been enrolled for the Degree of Bachelor of Laws and has been credited with LAWS 101 to the Bachelor of Laws, shall also have this course credited to the degree of the Bachelor of Arts as part of the credits allowed under Regulation K1 of the General Course and Examination Regulations.
(b)
In addition, 30 points LAWS at 200-level, provided at least that number of points have been credited to the Degree of Bachelor of Laws above 100-level, and provided he or she has not been credited under LLB Regulation 5 with any courses credited to the Bachelor of Arts degree.
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