Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) equips students with a number of important life skills. These include an ability to communicate clearly, to think critically and creatively, to solve problems across a wide range of domains, to manage their own learning, to have an understanding of the ethics of scholarship as well as to understand the key concepts within the disciplines studied.
A BA degree has a strong emphasis on the humanities, creative arts, languages and social sciences. It has a flexible structure and a broad range of opportunities for exploring a variety of disciplines.
The 2015 QS World University Rankings placed Victoria University's arts and humanities as 59th in the world. QS also ranked Victoria as 72nd equal in the world in social sciences. In the recent Performance Based Research Fund evaluation, disciplines in humanities and social sciences dominated the results with seven out of the ten areas taught in the Faculty coming first in New Zealand.
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.
Taking a BA is a step towards any number of exciting careers. Use it as a platform to equip you with life skills, to help with further study, to combine subjects and to help you explore your passions.
Because the BA is so flexible, you can make it your own. The BA at Victoria offers you co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities that complement your academic knowledge. At the end of your studies, what you put on your CV will be a reflection of you and the time you have put in to your degree.
What will your point of difference be? It could be the subject areas you have combined, the internships, exchanges or leadership opportunities you have taken.
In the end, BA graduates are employed in almost every part of the workforce, both in jobs relating to their specialty subject and by employers who value the skills gained. Policy analyst, historian, teacher, translator, diplomat, market researcher, publisher, public relations adviser, linguist, writer, librarian, criminologist, aid worker... a BA is suited to hundreds of careers.
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 in subjects from Part A of the BA schedule
- the exception is if you choose a starred major from the table below (listed in Part B of the BA Statute). In this case, you only need to take 180 points in Part A subjects (but you must still take at least 360 points total)
- 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 take up to two minors in a subject offered in the BA, BAS, BCom, BDI, BSc and BTM degrees (as long as they have not taken it as a major) or from additional minor subject areas listed in those degree statutes.
A minor requires at least 60 points from the relevant subject area at 200 level or above, of which at least 15 points must be at 300 level and not counted towards a major or another minor.
If you are considering a second major taught by another faculty or adding a minor to your BA, you must contact your Student Adviser for degree planning advice.
For entry requirements to the BA see the Admissions page.
Students must meet the requirements of a major in at least one FHSS subject. Each subject has specific courses you need to take to meet the requirements of a major and involves in-depth study at 300 level.
If you are not sure which subject to choose as your major, you can include a number of different options in your first year, and make a more specific choice in your second year.
Many students combine a BA with another degree. Because a number of courses can be credited to both degrees, it is possible for able students to complete two three-year degrees in four to five years.
Part A of the BA Schedule includes all the non-starred majors listed in the table below as well as the other BA subjects (not majors) below.
*Majors listed under the BA Statute, but taught by other faculties and units.
#Students cannot do a double major in Education and Psychology (EDPS) and Psychology (PSYC) or Education and Psychology (EDPS) and Education (EDUC).
|Other BA subjects (not majors)|
|Creative Writing (minor)||Museum and Heritage Studies|
|New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Studies (minor)||Social Policy (minor)|
|Text Technologies||Writing (Academic and Professional)|
Before you enrol at Victoria you must meet University Entrance requirements. Check that you're eligible to apply by meeting one of the admission types then follow the steps to apply before applying online.
If you're an international student, you'll have a different admission and application process.
Fees are set each year and are worked out on a per point basis. There are compulsory fees for student services, student union membership and internet access. Some courses have additional charges for items such as study materials, equipment or field trips.
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If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.
Note: The timetable is subject to change and the courses shown in the examples below may not all be available in any given year.
See the examples listed below and in the BA section of the Guide to Undergraduate Study.
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|BA Section of Guide to Undergraduate Study||964 KB|
Example 1—BA Double Major Example (both BA listed majors)
BA with a double major in Classical Studies and History
|CLAS 111 Myth and Mythology||20|
|HIST 117 Revolutions, Empires and Peoples||20|
|RELI 107 Religion, Law and Politics||20|
|CLAS 102 Greek Art: Myth and Culture||20|
|HIST 118 Making Europe Modern: Citizens, States and Nations||20|
|RELI 108 The World's Religions||20|
|CLAS 203 Greek and Roman Drama||20|
|CLAS 208 Greek Social History||20|
|HIST 245 Peoples of the Soviet Empire||20|
|CLAS 209 Bronze Age Aegean Art and Archaeology||20|
|HIST 249 New Zealand Political History||20|
|RELI 252 Political Islam||20|
|CLAS 302 Etruscan and Roman Art||20|
|HIST 323 Ngā Tuhinga a Ngā Tūpuna: Māori Text and Context in the Nineteenth-Century World||20|
|RELI 226 Psychology of Religion||20|
|CLAS 307 Roman Social History||20|
|HIST 336 The Pacific Islands after 1945||20|
|HIST 334 World War One: Social and Cultural Perspectives on 1914-1918||20|
|Overall total points||360|
Example 2—BA Double Major Example (one BA listed major, one outside major)
BA majoring in Criminology with an outside major in Information Systems
|SOSC 111 Sociology: Foundations and Concepts||20|
|INFO 101 Foundations of Information Systems||15|
|ANTH 101 Foundations of Society and Culture||20|
|CRIM 111 Introduction to Criminology||20|
|INFO 141 Systems Analysis||15|
|ANTH 102 Social and Cultural Diversity||20|
|CRIM 212 Crime and Criminal Justice in New Zealand||20|
|INFO 151 Databases||15|
|INFO 231 Management of IT Projects||15|
|CRIM 217 Criminal Psychology||20|
|INFO 234 Business Process Design||15|
|SOSC 216 Everyday Life||20|
|INFO 226 Application Development||15|
|RELI 108 The World’s Religions||20|
|CRIM 311 Policing||20|
|CRIM 316 Criminological Theory||20|
|SACS 201 Methods in Social and Cultural Research||20|
|INFO 381 Special Topic: Mobile App Development||15|
|INFO 395 Case Studies in Information Systems||15|
|INFO 320 Project in Information Systems||15|
|CRIM 326 Criminological Research Methods||20|
|Overall total points||375|
Example 3—Conjoint BA/BCom with a BA listed major and a minor and a BCom major in Marketing
BA major in English Literature and a minor in Spanish and a BCom major in Marketing (565 points)
|SPAN 111 Introduction to the Spanish Language||20|
|ENGL 111 Past Masters||20|
|ACCY 111 Accounting||15|
|MGMT 101 Introduction to Management||15|
|SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish||20|
|FCOM 111 Government, Law and Business||15|
|INFO 101 Foundations of Information Systems||15|
|MARK 101 Principles of Marketing||15|
|SPAN 315 Spanish Language 3A||20|
|ENGL 209 The Nineteenth-Century Novel||20|
|ENGL 234 New Zealand Literature||20|
|MARK 203 Market Research||15|
|ENGL 231 Modern Poetry||20|
|ENGL 330 Postcolonial Literature||20|
|ENGL 201 Sea Changes: A History of English Literature||20|
|MARK 302 International Marketing||15|
|ENGL 335 Contemporary Fiction||20|
|ENGL 308 Renaissance Literature||20|
|MARK 301 Marketing Communications||15|
|MGMT 202 Organisational Behaviour||15|
|ENGL 225 Classical Traditions in English Literature||20|
|ENGL 332 American Literature: Twentieth Century||20|
|MARK 303 Strategic Marketing Management||15|
|MARK 316 Social Marketing||15|
|Overall total points||565|