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BA Career Packages

Career Packages By Subject

A number of Career Packages are available. 

Tourism

Overview

Tourism is the fastest-growing sector of the South African economy and there is a huge demand for trained professionals. The package provides a solid intellectual grounding for the tourism industry where you need a good knowledge of History, Geography and South Africa's rich cultural diversity. 

Environmental Tourism

Recommended majors: 

  • Geography & Environmental Studies 
  • Sociology 

Choose your other courses from subjects like: 

  • Archaeology 
  • Biology 
  • Economics 
  • Economic Concepts
Tourism and Development

Choose two majors from subjects like: 

  • Sociology 
  • Anthropology 
  • Geography & Environmental Studies 
  • History 

Choose your other courses from subjects like: 

  •   Economics 
  •   Economic Concepts 
  •   African Languages 

Journalism

Overview

This package provides the student with an intellectual training for the kind of journalism they want to enter e.g. cultural journalism, financial reporting, sports reporting etc. The student will also gain ideas and a deep knowledge of social, political and cultural trends in South Africa, the continent and the world. 

Having completed a BA, the student can proceed to a Diploma or Honours in Journalism which could include an internship.

Cultural Journalism

Choose two majors from subjects like: 

  • Archaeology 
  • History 
  • History of Art 
  • Language or Literature major  
  • Anthropology 
  • Sociology 

Choose your other courses from subjects like: 

  • Classical Civilization 
  • Religious Studies 
  • Music in History & Society 
  • IT for Humanities 
  • Philosophy 
Political Journalism

Choose tw majors from subjects like: 

  • Political Studies 
  • Sociology 
  • International Relations 
  • History 

Choose your other courses from subjects like: 

  • Economics 
  • Language/Literature/Linguistics 
  • IT for Humanities 
  • Philosophy 
Sports Journalism

Choose two majors from subjects like: 

  • Physical Education 
  • Human Movement 
  • Psychology 
  • Language or Literature major 

Choose your other courses from subjects like: 

  • Sociology 
  • Economics or Economic Concepts 
  • IT for Humanities 

More Career Packages

Demography and Population Studies

The Honours/Masters degree in Demography & Population Studies is an interdisciplinary programme which emphasises strong training in demographic methods and a broader interdisciplinary and applied focus in population sciences. The programme is designed to provide quality training in the population sciences, with a strong bias to quantitative and qualitative methodologies. 

Majors: 

  • Demography 
  • Sociology 
  • Statistics 

Choose your other courses from subjects like: 

  • Demography 
  • Economics 
  • Public Health 
  • Social Sciences 
Development Studies

This package gives you the training to contribute to one of the key challenges of the 21st century - the growing gap between the rich and the poor. With twenty million South Africans living in poverty this is an urgent need if we are to create a just and stable society. The course is linked to the premier academic institution teaching Development Studies, the London School of Economics, and prepares students for a range of career options in development programmes, analysis and policy. 

Majors: 

  • Sociology 
  • Political Studies 
  • Economic Studies 
  • Anthropology 
  • Economics 

Choose your other courses from subjects like: 

  • Anthropology 
  • Economics 
  • African Languages 
  • History 
  • Philosophy 
Health Studies

In light of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, there is an urgent need for experts in the field of Health Studies: experts who can understand the social and historical roots of health, disease and epidemics; who are able to explain its general (and particular) impact on Southern African society 

Having completed a BA degree the student can proceed to an Honours/MA degree with a health focus. 

Choose two majors from subjects like: 

  • Sociology 
  • History 
  • Anthropology 
  • Political Studies 

Choose your other courses from subjects like: 

  • Economics 
  • Psychology 
  • Languages 
International Commerce & Law

This package prepares students for careers in international business, diplomacy, international organisations (e.g. United Nations) and a growing number of non-governmental organisations involved in international development, humanitarian affairs, and other services.

Recommended majors: 

  • Economics/Economic Studies 
  • International Relations 

Choose your other subjects from courses like: 

  • Law 
  • Philosophy 
  • Political Studies 
  • Sociology 
  • History 
Law and Society

The package in Law and Society provides a "pre-law" grounding for students who wish to become lawyers. It provides an excellent foundation for pursuing further studies leading to either an LLB, an Honours or MA within the School of Social Sciences.

  •  Law 

Plus either: 

  •  Philosophy 
  •  Political Studies 
  •  Sociology 

Choose your other courses from subjects like: 

  •  History 
  •  International Relations 
Media Studies

Media Studies is concerned with media and information technologies. Students are introduced to a wide range of approaches to mass media and popular culture. 

After completing a BA the student can proceed to Honours in Publishing Studies or Journalism which could include an internship. 

Choose two majors from subjects like: 

  • Drama & Film 
  • Media Studies 
  • History of Art 
  • Sociology 
  • Philosophy 
  • Political Studies 
  • International Relations 
  • Anthropology 
  • Language or Literature 

Choose your other subjects from courses like: 

  • Subjects you don't major in from the list 
  • Music in History & Society 
Public Administration

Public Administration focuses on the functions and performance of government in formulating and implementing policy, the skills required to manage the civil service, and the ethics and values which should guide the conduct of public affairs.  

Having completed a BA degree the student can proceed to a Diploma (possibly in the Wits Business School or Wits School of Governance) or a Graduate LLB or an Honours degree in Political Studies with an emphasis on policy topics. 

Recommended majors: 

  • Political Studies and

another major like: 

  • History 
  • International Relations 
  • Law 
  • Philosophy 
  • Sociology 

Choose your other courses from subjects like: 

  • Any course not chosen as your major. 
Translating and Interpreting

Professional translation and interpreting are in great demand in South Africa. With eleven official languages (plus Sign Language), there is an increasing need for materials to be translated into these languages, and for interpreting services to be provided at conferences, in Parliament and in the community. 

After completing a BA degree the student can proceed to a Honours or MA in Translation or Interpreting. 

Choose 2 Majors from subjects like: 

  • Any Language or Literature major 
  • Linguistics 
  • Economics 
  • International Relations 
  • Law 
  • Political Studies 
  • Media Studies 

Choose your other courses from subjects like: 

  • Subjects you don't major in from list 
  • Economic Concepts 
  • Language 
  • Applied English Language Studies 
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