Planning a Bachelor of Arts conjoint

Where to start

The requirements for the BA conjoint degree are different from the stand-alone BA. The requirements for the BA component are the same for every conjoint combination.

In the BA component of a conjoint you will take fewer subjects and courses and will need to be focused about what you want to study.

You must maintain a grade average of at least B-.

You would usually enrol in 135 points each year (the equivalent of nine 15-point courses each year). You normally take four or five BA courses each year, depending on the requirements for your other degree. You graduate when you have completed both degrees.

Conjoint degrees require careful planning. See the Arts Students' Centre each year before you enrol. In most cases, you should get advice for your other degree before planning your BA component.
 

BA conjoint requirements

The structure of conjoint programmes changed in 2018. You will complete under the requirements set out below if you first enrolled in your conjoint programme in or after 2018.

If you first enrolled in your conjoint programme before 2018, please contact the Arts Students' Centre for degree planning advice.
Requirements for the BA conjoint

  • 255 points (17 15-point courses)
  • BA subjects and courses only
  • A major or double major
  • At least 165 points (11 courses) above Stage I, including at least 75 points (five courses) at Stage III.

Requirements for the conjoint programme as a whole

  • 540 points or more, depending on the conjoint combination
  • The total points must include 15 points (one course) in General Education
  • The total points must include 15 points (one course) from any programme at this University, including the General Education programme (this does not apply to conjoints with Engineering or Law).

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

BA conjoint requirements for students first enrolled in their conjoint programme before 2018

The structure of conjoint programmes changed in 2018. If you first enrolled in your conjoint programme before 2018, please contact the Arts' Students Centre for degree planning advice, or follow these pre-2018 requirements:

The BA conjoint must include:

  • 255 points
  • BA subjects and courses only
  • a major or double major
  • at least 150 points (10 courses) above Stage I, including at least 75 points (five courses) at Stage III

How to plan your first year

Plan your first year so that you leave your options open for later years. Unless you have to give priority to compulsory courses for your other degree, you should take four or five BA courses.

  1. Choose the two BA subjects (available as majors) which interest you the most from the list of BA subjects.
  2. Choose two courses from each of these subjects.
  3. If you can take a fifth BA course, choose a course in a third BA subject.

For your second BA year you can take one or both of these BA subjects at Stage II. Taking both gives you a choice of majors, and the option of a double major.

See the list of BA subjects.
 

Choosing BA subjects and courses

Your BA conjoint must include 255 points from BA courses. You cannot include courses that are not BA courses in these 255 points. However, you can take 15 points from any University programme as part of your conjoint programme as a whole (unless your programme includes Engineering or Law). Before you enrol check with the Arts Students' Centre.

See the list of BA subjects.

For BA courses see the individual subject pages.
 

Your major(s)

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.

See the list of BA major subjects.

Single major requirements

At least 120 points (8 courses) including at least 45 points (3 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.
 

Stage II and III courses

Your BA conjoint must include at least 165 points (11 courses) above Stage I, including at least 75 points (5 courses) at Stage III.

Points at and above Stage I

You can only include 90 points at Stage I (6 15-point courses) in your BA conjoint.

Stage III courses

The overall Stage III requirement is two more Stage III course than you need for a single major. You can take the fourth and fifth Stage III course in any subject/course for which you have the prerequisites.

If you complete a double major you will take at least 6 courses at Stage III.
 

General Education and a course from any University programme

Choosing your General Education course

You can choose your General Education course from the General Education Open Schedule or from the General Education Faculty Schedule available for either of your degrees. Visit www.auckland.ac.nz/generaleducation

General Education 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.

A course from any University programme

As well as 15 points in General Education, you will take 15 points from any University programme as part of your conjoint programme as a whole.

If your conjoint programme includes Engineering or Law - you will not be able to include 15 points from any University programme. Your conjoint programme must include 15 points in General Education.