Bachelor of Arts

University of Otago

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is Otago's most flexible undergraduate degree programme, enabling students to study from a selection of more than 40 arts and social science subjects, as well as papers offered elsewhere in the University. Academic breadth is complemented by in-depth knowledge gained through majoring in one or two subjects with the option of minors in one or two others. It is normally undertaken over three years of full time or its equivalent in part-time study.


  • Every degree programme shall consist of papers worth not less than 360 points
  • shall include at least 180 points for papers above 100-level, of which at least 72 points shall be for papers above 200-level
  • shall satisfy the requirements for at least one of the major subjects listed
  • no paper above 200-level may count for more than one Major Subject Requirement
  • o paper may count for both a Major and a Minor Subject Requirement or for more than one Minor Subject Requirement unless that paper is at 100- or 200-level and is specified as compulsory for both Requirements
  • may include papers which are not listed in Arts and Music


  • Anthropology
  • Art history and theory
  • Asian studies
  • Biblical studies
  • Chinese
  • Christian thought and history
  • Classics
  • Communication studies
  • Computer science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • English and linguistics
  • European studies
  • Film and media studies
  • French
  • Gender studies
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Indigenous development/he kura matanui
  • Information science
  • Islamic studies
  • Japanese
  • Language and linguistics
  • Linguistics
  • Maori studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Pacific islands studies
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy, politics and economics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Theatre studies
  • Visual culture

Standard entry requirements

  • NCEA level 3
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Other New Zealand secondary school qualifications
  • Australian Secondary School Ranking (ATAR or OP)
  • Overseas secondary school qualifications
  • Tertiary qualifications or study
  • Foundation Studies

Study pathways

Honours is available

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Dunedin International: $16,218 No

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