Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) equips students with a number of important life skills. These include an ability to communicate clearly, an ability to think critically and creatively, an ability to solve problems across a wide range of domains, and general leadership abilities.
What makes the Victoria Bachelor of Arts degree distinctive is its strong emphasis on the humanities, creative arts, languages and social sciences, its flexible structure, and its broad range of opportunities for exploring a variety of disciplines.
The humanities include subjects where we explore what it means to be human; for example, languages, History, English Literature, Media Studies, Film, Theatre and Music. Social sciences include subjects where we explore how humans interact with each other, such as Cultural Anthropology, Criminology and Sociology.
Choose subjects that are closely related – like Asian Studies and an Asian language – for a focused, specialised degree. Or major in one subject that suits your career ambitions, while keeping your passions alive with study in other areas.
A BA may lead to postgraduate study in a wide range of subject areas.
BA graduates are employed in almost every part of the workforce, both in jobs relating to their specialty subject and by employers who value their analytical and communication skills. Policy analyst, journalist, teacher, translator, diplomat, artist, market researcher, social worker, librarian, criminologist, aid worker... a BA is suited to hundreds of careers.
A BA at Victoria
Features of the BA:
- three years of full-time study
- 360 points in total
- maximum of 180 points at 100 level
- minimum of 180 points at 200/300 level, including at least 75 points at 300 level
- no course numbered 300-399 may be counted towards more than one major or minor
- at least 240 points must be from Part A of the BA Schedule (except that up to 60 approved points from other degree schedules or Part B of the BA Schedule may be included in this total where they are taken to satisfy the requirements of a major listed under the BA, but taught by another faculty)
- must complete at least one listed BA major
- may complete a second major taught by another faculty. You must confirm the requirements with your Student Adviser
- you may choose up to two minors towards your BA.
Students may select up to two minors in an undergraduate subject area offered by the University for the BA, BAS, BDI, BSc and BCA degrees and not taken as a major.
BA Listed Majors
- Art History
- Asian Studies
- Classical Studies
- Cultural Anthropology
- Development Studies*
- Early Childhood Studies*^
- Education and Psychology*
- English Literature
- English Studies
- European Studies (no new intake in 2012)
- International Relations
- Māori Resource Management
- Māori Studies
- Media Studies
- Modern Language Studies
- Pacific Studies
- Political Science
- Public Policy*
- Religious Studies
- Samoan Studies/Fa'asamoa
- Second Language Education
- Social Policy
- Te Reo Māori
*majors listed under the BA Statute, but administered by other faculties
^students will only be permitted to take this subject as their sole major through the BA if they are enrolled in the conjoint BA/BTeach(ECE)
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