A Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a broad interdisciplinary undergraduate degree programme encompassing general education, electives and a major area of study. BA programmes generally give students more flexibility in choosing modules (subjects) and are less specialised than Bachelor of Science (BSc) programmes. The possibility to select modules from both the arts and the humanities allows students to deepen their cultural understanding and awareness and, in addition, to develop analytical, critical thinking, written and communication skills.

There are various BA programmes to choose from on each campus. Some have specified major subjects, whereas others allow you to select one or more majors. You can select one of the following programmes:

Majoring options

  • Heritage and Cultural Tourism Management (PC)

The significant growth in the tourism industry over the past few years opens up various opportunities for employment. Tourism managers and marketers are not only ambassadors of South Africa, but also facilitate growth through product development, management and marketing. This course will prepare you for a dynamic industry in which you can apply your ideas, skills and abilities.

  • Sociology and Geography (PC)

A study of Sociology provides insights into the structure, dynamics, norms, values, power relationships and institutions in societies and communities. Sociology also explores society’s relationship with the social and physical environments and the impact that society’s actions have on the environment and vice versa. Geography allows students to explore biophysical processes – from volcanic eruptions to flooding and landslides – and to study the human processes that give shape to cities, states and communities – all against the backdrop of a changing climate. This combination of majors provides you with the opportunity to better comprehend the physical environment with which humans engage and to form an understanding of the influence of society on this environment.

  • Sociology and Labour Relations Management (PC)

The study of work has long been a central topic in Sociology. However, since the 1970s, major changes have taken place in the world of work and employment due to, among other things, globalisation, the growth of the service sector, the weakening of the bureaucratic model and technological advances. This degree focuses on understanding the implications of trends in technological advancements, globalisation, labour markets, conditions and dimensions of work, managerial practices and employment relationships.

  • Sociology and Psychology (PC)

Psychology and Sociology go hand in hand – they both involve the scientific study of people. Psychology involves the study of an individual’s mind and functions linked with behaviour, whereas Sociology involves the study of the functioning of a group and their collective behaviour. This joint degree offers students the opportunity to predominantly study Sociology while broadening their understanding of social life through the study of Psychology.

Degree options

  • BA with Heritage and Cultural Tourism Management (PC)
  • BA with Sociology and Labour Relations Management (PC)
  • BA with Sociology and Geography (PC)
  • BA with Sociology and Psychology (PC)

All degrees are three-year programmes and are presented full-time at our Potchefstroom Campus (PC) only.

Admission requirements

  • APS of 22
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Core subjects

A combination of:

  • Sociology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Tourism Management
  • Political Studies
  • Industrial Psychology or Statistics
  • Labour Relations Management
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Psychology
  • Business Management
  • Statistics

Career opportunities

  • Archivist
  • Consultant
  • Museum expert (curator, manager)
  • Researcher
  • Teacher (NB: when combined with postgraduate teaching certificate/diploma)
  • Employee in the tourism industry
  • Heritage resource manager
  • Environmental sociologist
  • Environmental assessment practitioner
  • Environmental consultant
  • Pollution analyst
  • Social and behavioural data analyst
  • Researcher/influencer
  • Statistical analyst
  • Industrial sociologist
  • Labour relations practitioner
  • Human resources practitioner
  • Behavioural data analyst