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.
If you are considering a double degree you should get advice from a College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata Student Advisor or the Liaison Office.
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 subjects, as well as courses from subjects within other degrees.
All BA students must complete 15 points (one course) chosen from Schedule C to the Bachelor of Arts 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, including at least 45 points above 100-level, in a single subject chosen from the Bachelor of Arts or from the Bachelor of Commerce.
Students should include first-year courses that allow them to advance to 200-level in at least two, and preferably three, subjects.
Major or minor subjects
See the Regulations for the Bachelor of Arts for all major and minor course requirements for these subjects:
Arts minor only subjects
Commerce minor subjects
See the Regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce for the minor course requirements for these subjects:
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 (see pages XX–XX) with excellent research facilities.
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.
For further career information, please go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/careers
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2019||360||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$6,091 per 120 points|
|2019||360||Anthropology; Art History and Theory; Chinese; Cinema Studies; Classics; Cultural Studies;Education; English; European and European Union Studies; French; German; History; Human Services; Japanese; Linguistics; Māori and Indigenous Studies; Media and Communication; Philosophy; Political Science and International Relations; Russian; Sociology; Spanish; Te Reo Māori (Band 1)||$6,091 per 120 points|
|2019||360||Economics (Band 2)||$6,447 per 120 points|
|2019||360||Geography; Music; Psychology (Band 3)||$6,803 per 120 points|
|2019||360||Statistics (Band 9)||$6,119 per 120 points|
|2019||360||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$25,500 - $32,000 per 120 points|
|2019||360||Anthropology; Art History and Theory; Chinese; Cinema Studies; Classics; Cultural Studies;Education; English; European and European Union Studies; French; German; History; Human Services; Japanese; Linguistics; Māori and Indigenous Studies; Media and Communication; Philosophy; Political Science and International Relations; Russian; Sociology; Spanish; Te Reo Māori (Band 1)||$25,500 per 120 points|
|2019||360||Economics (Band 2)||$28,100 per 120 points|
|2019||360||Geography; Music; Psychology; Statistics (Band 4)||$32,000 per 120 points|
For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office (new students), or a College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata Student Advisor (advancing students).