Structuring your B.A 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.
A major subject comprises at least:
- 36 points at the 1000 level
- 48 points at the 2000 level
- 72 points at the 3000 level.
Some departments offer more modules than are required for the major subject and may specify some of these modules as pre-requisites (compulsory entry requirements for courses on a higher level), or co- requisites (that must be completed) for the major.
Students should check if the subjects chosen for their majors have special entrance requirements, pre-requisites or co-requisites by consulting the Department or the Faculty Rules and Syllabuses Book.
African Languages (IsiZulu) for second language speakers
African Languages Literature for first language speakers
Critical Music Studies/Music in History and Society
Drama and Film
History of Art
Law (Only for BA with Law as a major)
Modern languages (French; German; Italian; Portuguese; Spanish, South African Sign Language)
Politics, Philosophy and Economics
*Psychology OR Organisational Psychology
*Sociology OR Industrial Sociology
*Either one of these may be included in a BA degree but NOT both
^Restrictions on courses for first year students