Bachelor of Arts overview

Are you interested in careers requiring skills such as effective written and verbal communication, critical thinking and analysis, and the ability to research and present professionally? Want to learn more about society and culture?

The AUT Bachelor of Arts has 19 majors in such areas as diverse as:

  • Education
  • Languages
  • Creative writing
  • Criminology
  • English and new media studies
  • Psychology
  • Event management
  • International studies
  • Translation and interpreting

You construct a broad and varied degree with a single major and choose from a wide range of minors, or you can do a double major. In your final year you will integrate what you have learned from your core papers and major subjects through a workplace project.

Programme details

Programme code: AK3704
Level: 7
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full-time / equivalent part-time
Venue: City Campus; North Campus (some papers in Psychology); South Campus — BA Social Sciences
Start date: 18 July 2016 / 27 February 2017 / 17 July 2017

AUT encourages early application. This qualification will remain open until all places have been filled.

The following majors will not have a midyear intake: Chinese, NZ Sign Language and Deaf Studies, NZ Sign Language — English Interpreting.

Entry requirements

  • University Entrance
  • An interview may be required for Interpreting and Translation applicants
  • Interpreting and Translation applicants must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English and one other language.

Majors within the the Bachelor of Arts

School of Social Sciences and Public Policy

School of Education

School of Language and Culture

School of Hospitality and Tourism

Te Ara Poutama, Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development

Additional majors and/or minors

Students undertaking the Bachelor of Arts may choose a second major, either from those available above within their degree (double major) or from the list of additional majors from outside their degree.

Minors are also available in these subjects. The availability of additional majors and minors will depend on timetabling and some subject restrictions, and in some cases, choosing an additional major or minor may require students to undertake extra points to complete their degree.

Minors and electives in the Bachelor of Arts

To complement their core papers and chosen major(s), students can choose from minors as well as elective papers grouped into areas of emphasis in a wide range of subject areas across AUT.

A minor is 60 points (generally each paper is worth 15 points) in a specific area.

Conjoint degrees

A conjoint programme of study enables you to study for 2 degrees at the same time and complete both in a shorter time than it would take to complete them separately.

This is because the regulations permit a number of papers to count towards both degrees. It is usually possible to complete two 3-year degrees in 4 to 5 years. You need to maintain a B average across all papers to remain in a conjoint programme of study.

You can study the following degrees conjointly with the Bachelor of Arts:

Double degree

A double degree differs from a conjoint in that you enrol in both programmes separately and can cross-credit papers from one to the other. The number of cross-credits depends on the programmes.

Double degrees usually take longer than conjoint programmes but there are some advantages:

  • Greater range of programmes to choose from
  • No minimum grade average each year
  • No rules about having to take papers from each qualification each year. In fact, you can concentrate on papers from one degree one year if you wish, and then mix things up in the next. 

Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts 

Structure and content

The BA is a very flexible degree allowing you to study many aspects of society and culture. Your degree can be constructed in a variety of different ways but is essentially made up of several building blocks:

  • A core selection of papers which provide a backbone to the degree – Communicating, Writing, Research and Cooperative Education; these papers develop transferable skills and support your work in all other papers in the degree.
  • A major — this is the main subject and the focus of your degree.
  • Another major or a minor which provides a smaller focus in another subject.
  • Elective papers.

Each year of your degree you will typically take papers from the core, your major(s) and/or minor. A Cooperative Education paper is done in a workplace setting in your third year.

Core papers

The following range of core papers provides a framework for acquiring a broad foundation of skills and knowledge in writing, research, digital technology and communication.

Students will be able to express ideas coherently, work with a variety of research methods, communicate effectively and gain practical skills. These papers provide the catalyst for cross disciplinary reflection and inquiry.

Students are required to study four papers from the list below. These papers are determined by the requirements of your chosen major. The school responsible will enrol you in the appropriate ones.

Level 5
145713 Writing
CLSY500 Culture and Society
CLSY504 Knowledge and Inquiry
COMM500 iWrite
COMM510 Undergraduate Writing for Academic Purposes
COMM570 Academic Communication: Conventions and Expectations
COMM590 Communication and Presentation Systems
DIGM550 Applied Media I *Event Management only
SOSC581 Research and Analysis
TIKA503 Ki te Whaiao: Maori Culture and Society

Level 6
COMM600 iCommunicate
COMM610 iReflect
HIST690 Te Tiriti O Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi
MAOR603 Te Rangahau: Research Methods

Level 7
146734 Communicating
CLSY703 Cooperative Education
COMM700 iResearch
CULN795 Advanced Culinary Events
MAOR707 Cooperative Education II: Project Report
NZSL707 NZSL Interpreting Practicum Experience I: Observations
NZSL708 NZSL Interpreting Practicum Experience II: Professional Practice

Last updated: 28-Apr-2016 9.00am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.