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, together with (1) a 24-credit module or two 12-credit modules of a third-year subject, or (2) a module from a metadiscipline that coheres with those two subjects. The metadiscipline of a study area analyses and evaluates its methods.

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, 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).

The metadisciplines you can choose from in your third (final) year are Dimensions of Historical Understanding and Scientific Language Study as Detective Work.

See our Calendar entry for further information.

   Admission requirements

  • Write the National Benchmark Tests AQL
  • For the NSC an aggregate of at least 65% (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%