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Structuring your B.A degree

How do I structure my BA degree?

The Faculty of Humanities has a modular system for BA degrees. This allows students some flexibility in choosing the courses for their degrees. Each module is a separate unit and is examined either in June or November. Modules can be either, a full year long, half a year long, or one quarter of a year (a teaching block) long. Each module that a student is credited with earns points towards the degree:

  • 1000 level units are worth 18 points for half year modules or 36 points for full year units
  • 2000 level units are worth 24 points for half year modules or 48 points for full year units
  • 3000 level units are worth 18 points for one module (one quarter of a year) or 72 points for a full year unit

To graduate a student needs a minimum total of 432 points with two major subjects.

Total points = 144+144+144=432.

Note – students should include three 2000 level subject in their second year of study so they have a choice of major subjects at third year.

Subject/Major

Year of Study

Points

 

isiZulu I

Philosophy 1 Psychology I

Geography 1

 

First Year of Study

2 units at 1000 level

2 units at 1000 level

2 units at 1000 level

1 unit at 1000 level

 

36 points

36 points

36 points

36 points

(Total = 144 points)

 

Geography II

Psychology II

Philosophy II

 

Second Year of Study

2 units at 2000 level

2 units at 2000 level

2 units at 2000 level

 

 

48 points

48 points

48 points

 (Total = 144 points)

 

Philosophy III

Psychology III

Third Year of Study

4 units at 3000 level

4 units at 3000 level

 

72 points

72 points

(Total = 144 points)

 

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