The BA degree at Wits is a 3 year degree, or, if studied part-time, between 4 and 6 years. For part-time study options please refer to the Wits Plus website.
Successful graduates often take up positions in middle management where proficiency in problem-solving and effective spoken and written communication are highly valued.
The BA is also an appropriate first degree for intending lawyers, teachers and psychologists who proceed to professional training. For lawyers this would be the LLB degree, for teachers, the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, for psychologists, Professional Postgraduate MA degrees for Clinical, Counselling, Educational and Organisational Psychology.
A BA programme is made up of two major subjects and 16 additional courses.
A major is a subject that you take from first year through to third year. This means you study the same subject in first, second and third year. Each year you study different aspects of that subject and the degree of difficulty and complexity increases as you become more specialised in that subject.
There is a great deal of diversity in the courses we offer and our system allows students to choose freely from these.
In choosing your courses:
Think of your intellectual aims and interests.
Aim for focus and consistency by thinking of how the subject material will relate to your primary interests and preferences.
For some specific career paths, you can equip yourself more fully after your Bachelor of Arts by registering for further studies with a specific vocational or professional training focus – you would then become a postgraduate student.
Select courses that will provide you with a solid foundation in your areas of interest. For example, if you are interested in heritage and museum work, subjects like Archaeology, History, History of Art and Anthropology would be useful. If you want a career in development work, you should choose courses such as Political Studies, Anthropology and Sociology.
Courses are offered at Level I, Level 2 and Level 3. A course runs for a semester (one half of the academic year). For each course you will submit essays or assignments and write tests. The course will be examined at the end of the term.