How Does A BA Degree Work?

If you are looking to further your studies at a tertiary level and your aspirations are to study towards a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. This article will detail some of the important things you need to know about the qualification. 


The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is among the most common undergraduate degrees offered by universities and colleges worldwide. BA degrees are mainly awarded to students following a programme in the Liberal Arts and offers students a wide variety of courses to study from.

The study duration of a BA degree is three to four years depending on your chosen university. Additionally, candidates might choose to specialize in a major course after attaining the qualification.

By extension, provides a good starting point for a student to be able to enter a range of career fields as it offers flexible courses that can be adapted for different professions.

A student could attain a BA in Design, Fine Arts, Film, Media Studies, Gender Studies, Journalism, Literature and Languages, Music, Performance Art, Psychology, Archaeology, Anthropology, African Studies, Education, Economics, Law and the list goes on.

As a BA student, it is also important to note that you form part of a large and thus it is advisable to maintain constant communication with your lecturers about the future direction of your studies. For example, candidates often branch out into fields such as political studies, teaching and psychology to name a few.

Some of the skill sets are required from potential candidates with aspirations to study for Being a Bachelors degree include:

  • Good communication skills
  • Management skills
  • Being goal orientated
  • Organisational Skills
  • Problem-solving skills 
  • Analytical Thinking 
  • Ability to under pressure 
  • Being Inquisitive
  • and Interpersonal Skills

There is also a variety of employment opportunities that come with being a qualified holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree and they include but are not limited to the following.

  • Journalism and Mass Communication (Content Writer, Journalist, Reporter, Editor, Public Relations Associate) 
  • Social Work (Child & Family Social Worker, School Social worker, Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Social worker)
  • Foreign Language Expert(Teacher (B.Ed degree is also required), Interpreter, Translator, Book writer) 

A BA degree, involves an extensive amount of reading and writing and is as a result, the degrees are awarded to students in the areas of Humanities, Arts, Social Science, Linguistics, Cultural Science and some cases, Informatics and Business Sciences can be awarded a Bachelor of Arts instead of a Bachelor of Science (BSc). 

A Bachelor of Arts is a helpful degree to pursue for students who are not completely clear about their future and where their passions lie, as its flexibility offers students the opportunity to explore their interests as they complete their studies.

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