Bachelor of Arts
With 30 major subjects to choose from and spanning the humanities, social sciences, languages and creative arts, Bachelor of Arts (BA) students can follow their passion and gain valuable skills.
Over the three years of your degree, you will gain the critical thinking, creative problem solving, and communication skills that employers want. Unique practical experiences such as internships are on offer too.
- 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.
Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a Bachelor's degree. Domestic applicants over 20 who do not hold University Entrance, or equivalent, may gain admission by providing evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully. For information on gaining admission to UC please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
All Arts subjects, including languages, can be started at first-year level without previous knowledge of the subject. A good standard of oral and written English is important.
Successful study to Year 13 is recommended for advanced Mathematics courses.
Typical degree structure for Bachelor of Arts
Arts major courses
Arts minor courses
Other Arts courses
Courses from Arts or other degrees
(1) Students must complete at least 15 points from a list of courses in Schedule C of the Regulations for the Bachelor of Arts. These points can be completed during any year of the degree.
Please note: some majors have different requirements. For all major requirements and more information go to the Regulations for the Bachelor of Arts.
Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points (or more).
This diagram is an example only - other combinations are possible.
The Bachelor of Arts requires a minimum total of 360 points:
- at least 255 points from Arts courses
- 15 points from a prescribed list of courses
- the remaining 90 points can be from either Arts courses or courses from other degrees.
A minimum of 225 points must be from courses above 100-level, with at least 90 points at 300-level.
Find out more information about Double degrees.
The Bachelor of Arts is a highly flexible degree that allows a wide range of choices from major and minor Arts subjects, as well as subjects from other degrees.
All BA students must also complete 15 points from a list of courses in the BA Schedule at any year of their studies.
Majors and minors
BA students specialise in two areas:
- either a major and a minor subject
- or two majors (a double major).
Each 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 or minor subject from the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), including at least 45 points above 100-level.
Major or minor subjects
Minor only subjects
- Business and Sustainability
- Digital Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities
- Human Resource Management
- Information Systems
- International Business
- Operations and Supply Chain Management
- Pacific Studies*
- Professional and Community Engagement
* Not open to new enrolments in 2018.
BA students can also select courses from other degrees, that count as a credit towards a Bachelor of Arts degree (but not towards their major/minor subject):
Bachelor of Arts internships combine theory and practice and count towards your degree. UC offers internship papers at 200 and 300-level.
The College of Arts has a wide range of options for postgraduate and graduate study with excellent research facilities. These include specialised research centres such as the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, Social Science Research Centre, New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies, Te Awatea Violence Research Centre and National Centre for Research on Europe.
See the complete list of UC research institutes and centres.
Graduate and postgraduate qualifications:
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours
- Graduate Diploma in Arts
- Master of Arts
- Master of European Union Studies
- Master of International Relations and Diplomacy
- Master of Linguistics
- Master of Māori and Indigenous Leadership
- Master of Policy and Governance
- Master of Strategic Communication
- Master of Te Reo Māori
- Master of Writing
- Postgraduate Certificate in Arts
- Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Humanities
- Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Leadership
- Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorship
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts
- Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism
- Postgraduate Diploma in Te Reo Māori
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
BA Internships combine theory and practice and count towards your degree. Participants gain a valuable taste of the professional world, apply their knowledge in real scenarios and explore potential career options.
Arts graduates enjoy a raft of exciting career destinations, for instance in media, government, international relations, arts, culture, heritage, archives, politics, public policy, writing, editing, PR, communications, conservation, tourism, teaching, community development, publishing, design, business, advertising or marketing.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.