How to plan your Bachelor of Arts

Planning your BA

The BA consists of a total of 360 points (24 15-point courses).

To complete your BA in three years, you would enrol in 120 points each year (eight 15-point courses). You can also study part-time, taking as long as you need to complete.

You can get help with planning your degree from the Arts Students' Centre. Check with the Arts Students' Centre before you enrol for your final year to ensure you will meet graduation requirements.


BA requirements

Your BA must include:

  • 360 points
  • at least three BA subjects
  • a major and a minor, or a double major
  • 180 points above Stage I, including at least 75 points above Stage II
  • 30 points from General Education.

Your BA may include up to 30 points from non-BA subjects.

Refer to the BA regulations in the University of Auckland Calendar.

How to plan your first year

You should plan your enrolment to try out different subjects and leave your options open for your second year.

  1. Choose the three BA subjects which interest you the most. For maximum flexibility choose subjects available as both majors and minors. Choose two courses from each of these subjects.
  2. Choose one course from a fourth BA subject.
  3. Your remaining (eighth) course should be in General Education. You can take your General Education courses at any time in your degree, but we recommend that you take one in your first year. For your second year you will choose two or three of your first-year subjects to take at Stage II. Two subjects will become your major and minor, or your two majors.

See the list of BA subjects.

Find out more about General Education.

Choosing BA subjects and courses

Your BA must include at least three BA subjects. You can count your major and minor as part of the three BA subjects.

Think about your future study plans when choosing your first year courses, as most advanced courses have prerequisites. This means you will need to have passed certain lower level courses before you can be admitted into higher level courses in the same subject.

You can take up to 30 points from courses available for other degrees. This is in addition to your 30 points in General Education. Some BA subjects are also available for other degrees, and there may be some courses in these subjects which are not BA courses.

See the list of BA subjects.

Your major(s) and minor

  • Each BA major has a list of the courses that you can count towards a major in that subject.
  • You may also need to take certain courses or fulfil other requirements to complete your major, depending on the subject.

In your first year you do not need to know what your major will be, but you should have decided this by the middle of your second year. After that it can be difficult to change your mind without having to take additional courses.

Single major requirements

At least 135 points (9 courses) including at least 60 points (4 courses) at Stage III.

Double major requirements

At least 120 points (8 courses) in each of two major subjects, including at least 45 points (3 courses) at Stage III in each of the majors.

If you take a double major, you do not need a minor.

Unless you include a second major, your BA must also include a minor.

Minor requirements

At least 90 points (6 courses), including at least 60 points (4 courses) above Stage I.

Some minors also have special requirements. You can meet the requirement of 60 points "above Stage I" by taking these 60 points either entirely at Stage II, or at both Stage II and III.

View the subjects available as a major or minor.

Stage II and III courses

The BA must include at least 180 points (12 courses) above Stage I, including at least 75 points (5 courses) at Stage III.

Points you can take at Stage I

You can take up to 180 points (12 courses) at Stage I. General Education ('G') courses at Stage I are counted as part of your Stage I allowance.

Stage III courses

The overall Stage III requirement is one more Stage III course in addition to the four you need for a single major.

* You may take this fifth Stage III course in any subject/course for which you have the prerequisites.

General Education

Your BA must include 30 points (2 courses) in General Education.

When to take General Education

You can take your General Education courses at any time in your degree, but we recommend that you take one in your first year.

How to choose your courses

All BA students will choose General Education courses from:

You can choose your courses from either the Open Schedule, the General Education Faculty Schedule - Arts, or from a combination of both schedules. See the General Education course schedules.

Same subject restrictions

You cannot take a General Education course in a subject in which you have previously enrolled, are already enrolled, or intend to enrol.

You cannot take both your General Education courses in the same subject (ie, the courses have the same alphanumeric code).

Additional BA subjects

You can also take individual courses as electives in: