Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Science Degrees

If General BA or BSS is your degree of choice

Pay special attention to the following explanations and technical terms!

LEVEL: Subjects and modules are graded in terms of their level of study. Level 100 modules can be taken in any year, Level 200 modules can only be started once you have already passed at least 80 credits, and Level 300 modules can only be started once you have already passed at least 224 credits in at least four subjects, including at least 64 credits at the second level. 

Most undergraduate degrees in the College of Humanities are three-year degrees, but there are some that take four years to complete. 

Each year is made up of two semesters. You will write examinations at the end of each semester. So three-year degrees are made up of six semesters and four-year degrees have eight semesters.

Each time you pass a module/subject, you earn credits. You need to accumulate a certain number of credits each year in order to progress to the following year of study. Think of credits as points you earn towards your degree. 

To be more precise, to qualify for a Bachelors’ degree, you must accumulate a total of 384 credits to complete a three-year GENERAL or STRUCTURED degree, and 512 credits to complete a four-year STRUCTURED degree.

  • At least 96 credits at levels one and two and 128 credits at Level three. You must register for additional modules to make sure you accumulate a minimum of 384 credits for a three-year degree. 
  • Four-year degrees have an additional minimum requirement of 128 credits in the fourth year of study. 
  • Of these, at least 192 credits shall be from two major subjects (32 credits per subject at the first level, 32 credits per subject at the second level, and 64 credits per subject at the third level).
  • No curriculum shall include first-level modules to the value of more than 160 credits.
  • At least 64 first-level credits and at least 64 second-level credits must be from subjects offered by the Home School.
  • Modules must be selected in such a way that, across the degree as a whole, one gains at least 16 credits in each of at least four different subjects (inclusive of major subjects).
  • Students registered for the general Bachelor of Arts must complete 16 credits in a language that was not their first language in Grade 12. 
  • ALL students must register for isiZulu (ZULN – 16 credits). Students who have studied Zulu in matric are exempted. 

Let’s have a look at how you would accumulate these credits for each year. 

With the help of an advisor (someone from Student Academic Services or a lecturer), try to work out your degree structure. Write down the subjects and modules that you are likely to study. Discuss your plan with the advisor before you register. Click here for Student Academic Services advisors

Here is a list of Major subjects that you can study in the College of Humanities

LIST A: Bachelor of Arts (BA) Majors

If you are registered for a BA degree, you must select at least ONE major from this list.
Your second major may be selected from this List A or List B or List C.

  • Applied Language Studies HC/PMB
  • Biblical Studies PMB
  • Classical Civilisation HC
  • Cultural and Heritage HC
  • Drama and Performance HC/PMB
  • English Studies HC/PMB
  • Ethics Studies PMB
  • Fine Art PMB
  • French HC/PMB
  • Greek (Classical Greek) HC
  • History HC/PMB
  • IsiZulu HC/PMB
  • Latin HC
  • Linguistics HC
  • Media and Cultural Studies HC/PMB
  • Music HC
  • Philosophy HC/PMB
  • Political Science HC/PMB
  • Religion HC
  • Theology HC/PMB
  • Translation Studies HC

LIST B: Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) Majors

If you are registered for a BSS degree, you MUST select at least ONE major from this list.
Your second major may be selected from this List B or List A or List C List

  • Anthropology HC/PMB
  • Community Development HC
  • Criminology and Forensic Studies HC/PMB
  • Economic History & Development Studies HC
  • Education and Development PMB
  • Ethics Studies PMB
  • Geography HC/PMB
  • History HC/PMB
  • Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies HC
  • Industrial Psychology HC
  • Media and Cultural Studies HC/PMB
  • Philosophy HC/PMB
  • Political Science HC/PMB
  • Psychology HC/PMB
  • Sociology HC/PMB
  • Theology HC/PMB

LIST C: Majors from other Colleges

If you are registered for a BA degree or a BSS degree, you MAY select ONLY ONE major from another College. Remember your other major MUST be selected from either List A or List B

  • Computer Science HC/PMB

    College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science

  • Economics HC/PMB

    College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science

  • Mathematics HC/PMB

    College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science

  • Statistics WEST/PMB

    College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science

  • Human Resource Management HC/PMB

    College of Law and Management Studies

  • Information Systems & Technology HC/PMB

    College of Law and Management Studies

  • Legal Studies HC/PMB

    College of Law and Management Studies

  • Management HC/PMB

    College of Law and Management Studies

  • Marketing HC/PMB

    College of Law and Management Studies

LIST D: Structured Bachelor Degrees offered in the College of Humanities

Some of these majors are available on only one of the two campuses. Please see Undergraduate Curricula in the section entitled INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS for more detailed information

  • Bachelor of Architectural Studies
  • Bachelor of Cultural and Heritage Tourism
  • Bachelor of Social Science in Geography and Environment Management
  • Bachelor of Social Science in Government, Business and Ethics
  • Bachelor of Social Science in Housing
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music and Drama Performance
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Law
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts (BAVA)
  • Bachelor of Theology
  • Bachelor of Education:

    Foundation Phase • Intermediate Phase • Senior Phase and Further Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Social Work

Credit Breakdown

Year 1 (Level 1 courses)

1st Semester

2nd Semester

16 Credits (Major 1)

16 Credits (Major 1)

16 Credits (Major 2)

16 Credits (Major 1)

16 Credits (Elective)

16 Credits (Elective)

16 Credits (Elective)

16 Credits (Elective)

64 Credits

128 Credits

Year 2 (Level 2 courses)

1st Semester

2nd Semester

16 Credits (Major 1)

16 Credits (Major 1)

16 Credits (Major 2)

16 Credits (Major 1)

16 Credits (Elective)

16 Credits (Elective)

16 Credits (Elective)

16 Credits (Elective)

192 Credits

256 Credits

Year 3 (Level 3 courses)

1st Semester

2nd Semester

16 Credits (Major 1)

16 Credits (Major 1)

16 Credits (Major 1)

16 Credits (Major 1)

16 Credits (Major 2)

16 Credits (Major 2)

16 Credits (Major 2)

16 Credits (Major 2)

320 Credits

384 Credits

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