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Bachelor of Arts

If you’re fascinated by the history and creative activities of humankind and how this shapes societies and our future, then a Bachelor of Arts from Waikato is for you. Our graduates are in demand for their flexible skills, practical outlook and depth of understanding they bring to their roles.

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With a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Waikato you gain an internationally recognised degree, leading to diverse career opportunities. Through your study you will develop sector-specific analytical abilities and research experience, well-honed written and verbal communication skills, and a broad perspective on the world and its various cultures.

Depending on the major subject you choose, the Bachelor of Arts may be taken within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies. From 2019, five major subjects will be available in Tauranga.

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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
BA Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $5,997-$6,992 per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Fees (International): $23,260-$30,280 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Analyst
  • Composer
  • Editor
  • Events Manager
  • Foreign Affairs Adviser
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Museum Curator
  • Orator
  • Politician
  • Screenwriter
  • Television Director or Producer
  • Writer

Degree planner — Bachelor of Arts (BA) Overview (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)

Year 1

100 Level

100 Level

One from
List A

One from
List D

Field of the Degree
100 Level



Year 2

200 Level

200 Level

200 Level

One from
List B

200 Level
Field of the Degree




Year 3

300 Level

300 Level

300 Level

300 Level

One from
List C




  • Major
  • Elective
  • Compulsory
This information is provisional and subject to change.

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You will be eligible to apply for this degree if you have University Entrance and meet any additional requirements for the qualification. All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Some first-year papers may have specific prerequisites, so please check the catalogue of papers carefully. If you do not meet the prerequisites, please contact (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) or (Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies) as there may be other pathways that you can take to study in this field.

Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

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Conjoint degree options

  • Bachelor of Arts with a Bachelor of Teaching (BA/BTchg)
  • Bachelor of Arts with a Bachelor of Laws (BA/LLB)


The Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) involves two semesters of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study. The BA(Hons) comprises 120 points at 500 level, of which at least 30 points must be in research, normally a 30 point dissertation or an approved equivalent. The BA(Hons) is awarded with classes of honours.


In general, to be admitted to the BA(Hons) you must have a B grade average in the 300 level papers of your undergraduate major subject. You need to have majored in the same subject for your undergraduate degree as that in which you intend to enrol at graduate level. In some cases, a substantial undergraduate supporting subject may be sufficient prerequisite.

A number of the graduate subjects/programmes are interdisciplinary in nature, and may accept students with appropriate undergraduate majors in other relevant subjects. Admission criteria may vary so please consult the appropriate programme Graduate Adviser for their specific admission criteria.

BA(Hons) subjects

  • Anthropology
  • Chinese
  • Education and Society
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Japanese
  • Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori
  • Māori Language/Te Reo Māori
  • Māori Media and Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Screen and Media Studies
  • Theatre Studies


Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori, Māori Language/Te Reo Māori, and Māori Media and Communication can be taken for the BA(Hons), but students must enrol through the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies.

International Relations and Security Studies although not available for Honours, may be taken as a subject for the Postgraduate Diploma.


You may take up to 60 points from other subjects, of which up to 30 points may be taken from outside the subjects listed for the degree. You should discuss your intended programme of study with the Graduate Adviser in each of the Faculties concerned. Some subjects have specific guidelines for numbers and types of papers outside the subject.

Graduate study options

Practical experience

Many of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ degrees offer work placement opportunities or projects with businesses and community groups. In most cases, these can count towards your programme of study.

Visit our work placement page to find out more.

Study in Tauranga - subjects offered from 2019

From 2019 our Tauranga campus will offer these BA major subjects:

Download the 2019 Tauranga Prospectus (PDF)

With a BA from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences you have the opportunity to tailor your study to suit your passions and interests, across faculties within the University.

You'll learn about human nature and the human mind as they are revealed by the arts, the languages, the politics, and the cultures of the past and the present. The effective communication skills developed while studying the Arts are valued as essential in the modern workplace.

You'll have access to Waikato's modern, purpose-built teaching and performance venues, including the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts and on-campus television studios. You will be encouraged to extend and perfect your own practice, and take your place within New Zealand and international creative communities.

The BA under the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies will teach you the fundamental bodies of knowledge in te reo and tikanga Māori, its distinctiveness, and the ability to think critically of its place locally, nationally and globally.

Studying the BA will provide you with leadership qualities in local, national and international indigenous communities and the ability to contribute to the ongoing development of whānau/hapū/iwi/Māori communities. You'll develop the capacity for working cooperatively with diverse groups and individuals, and contributing effectively to collective projects.

The programme will develop your appreciation of indigenous and global issues and the place of Māori in that indigenous community.

You'll graduate with a high level of communication skills in English and/or Māori and the competency to engage with Te Ao Māori.

You will have acquired the critical analysis skills and understanding to make a positive, relevant and innovative contribution to the social and economic development, the labour market and community of New Zealand.

BA graduates from the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies might become active in the cultural and heritage sector, media, environmental management, Treaty of Waitangi issues and health, welfare and education agencies, and Government Departments including Te Puni Kokiri, to name just a few.



Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145or +64 7 838 4080

Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4737 or +64 7 838 4737