BA in Humanities

The BA in Humanities is a three-year programme that teaches you to be academically versatile and flexible, and to solve or deal with current problems in South Africa in a wide variety of professions. Further training will prepare you for professions such as teacher (Postgraduate Certificate of Education), psychologist (postgraduate studies in Psychology), language practitioner (Honours and MA in Translation), journalist (BPhil in Journalism) and town planner.

   Programme content

The subjects from which you may choose are divided into two groups of thematically related subjects. The programme is constructed in such a way that a student will eventually study two subjects on an advanced level from any of the two groups. If you  chose General Linguistics 178 and 278 in the first and second year, you could take Sign Language Studies as a half third-year-level subject.

The first group focuses on human thought, language, culture and art (including subjects such as Afrikaans en Nederlands, Afrikaans Language Acquisition, African Languages, Ancient Cultures, Chinese, English Studies, Applied English Language Studies, French, General Linguistics, German, Sign Language Acquisition, Theatre Studies, Visual Studies, Xhosa and Basic Xhosa).

The second group focuses on people and society (including subjects such as Geography and Environmental Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Anthropology, Socio-Informatics and Sociology).

See our Calendar entry for further information.

   Admission requirements

  • For the NSC an aggregate of at least 63% (excluding Life Orientation)
  • Home Language 50%
  • First Additional Language 40%

If Socio-Informatics is taken as a university subject, then also:

  • Mathematics 50% or Mathematical Literacy 70%