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The BA structure

In your second and third years you will concentrate on two subjects – these are your major and minor.

The major is your primary focus, while the minor is your second interest. You will study your major

subject to the most advanced undergraduate level. You can also decide to study two majors (a double

major) instead of a major and minor (you will not take longer to finish your degree, your points will

just be organised differently). You do not need to decide on your major or minor in your first year – it’s

better to try out different subjects and make this decision in your second year.

At least half your degree will consist of more advanced courses, including five courses at Stage III, the

most advanced undergraduate level. You will also take a second General Education course and can

take courses in other subjects. (You can take courses in subjects that are not your major or minor.)

Below are examples of how a BA might be structured. These subjects are examples only, and other

patterns of study are possible.

Example 1: BA with a major and minor

Stage I course Stage II course Stage III course

Anthropology English French History

Pacific

Studies

General

Education

2

2

2

1

1

8 courses

(120 points)

3

2

1

1

1

8 courses

(120 points)

4

1

1

1

1

8 courses

(120 points)

= major

(9courses)

in

Anthropology

= minor

(6courses)

in English

Total =

24 courses

(360 points)

Example 2: BA with a double major

Stage I course Stage II course Stage III course

Anthropology English French History Pacific

Studies

General

Education

2

2

2

1

1

8 courses

(120 points)

3

2

2

1

8 courses

(120 points)

3

1

3

1

8 courses

(120 points)

= double

major

(8courses)

in

Anthropology

= double

major

(8courses)

in English

Total =

24 courses

(360 points)

What can you study?

Bachelor of Arts

Full-time:

3 years (part-time study also

available)

Points per degree:

360 (24 15-point courses)

Taught at:

City Campus

Application closing date:

8 December 2016

(applications received after this date may be

considered).

Classes start Semester One:

6 March 2017

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) gives you an in-depth

knowledge of one or two subjects as well as a

broad education. See pg.

10-17

for the subjects

you can study.

Your first year

In your first year you will normally take eight

courses: four in Semester One and four in

Semester Two.

The best strategy is to try out different BA

subjects to discover your interests and

strengths. Decide which three BA subjects

interest you the most and take two courses in

each of these subjects. Choose another course

from a fourth BA subject. These subjects should

all be available as BA majors (not minors only, as

this will limit you in the future). Take your eighth

course in General Education.

All BA subjects can give you transferable skills,

so we advise you to choose subjects that

interest you. You can discuss your options

with staff at the Arts Students’ Centre and the

Undergraduate Adviser for the subject. You have

opportunities to change your mind later on.

Below is an example of how the first year of a BA

might be structured.

BA subject 1

2

BA subject 2

2

BA subject 3

2

BA subject 4

1

General Education

1

= 8 courses

6

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

For more information about the BA, visit

www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/ba

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