Structuring your B.A degree
- What is a BA degree?
- What is a “major”?
- Major subjects recognised for a BA degree
- Language Requirements
The Faculty of Humanities has a modular system for BA degrees. This allows students some flexibility in choosing the courses for their degrees.
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
The Language Requirement For General BA and Professional degrees in the Wits School of Arts
A student is required to complete two-semester courses in one of the following languages: isiZulu or Sesotho or South African Sign Language (SASL).
If a student is proficient in any two of the three languages (isiZulu, Sesotho or SASL), the student is advised to do one of the following:
(i) register in a first-language stream for two courses in isiZulu or Sesotho
(ii) register for two courses in any one of the following: French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish,
(iii) formally apply to the Dean for exemption from the requirement to register for a language subject.
Where an exemption has been granted, students must add a course yielding 36 credits in a subject approved by Senate. A student may also be granted a credit if they completed the same or an equivalent course.