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Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Maori and Indigenous Studies

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree

Duration

3 years

Next start date

Expected

Summary

With a BA you gain an internationally recognised degree, leading to diverse career opportunities. Through your study you will develop sector-specific analytical abilities and research experience, well-honed written and verbal communication skills, and a broad perspective on the world and its various cultures.

As indigenous world views become increasingly important to society, a rapidly emerging area of study is Indigenous Studies. The Maori creative and performing arts papers diversify your existing program and provide unique insights into Maori tikanga.

Learning about Maori culture, language and knowledge is not just for Maori; it is crucial for all New Zealanders and international visitors to comprehend how Aotearoa/New Zealand’s unique indigenous culture defines New Zealand’s identity - it is a cultural, social, economic and political force.

Also learn how Maori Studies is located in the broader and global context of Indigenous Studies; a discipline that has flourished in the last decade as indigenous scholars have confronted some of the major issues facing the world, such as efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Increasingly employees are looking for graduates who are trained in disciplines like law, science, engineering, or business, but who also have a knowledge of Maori and Indigenous Studies. If you're doing a double major or thinking about it, consider one of your majors (or minors) in the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies. An eclectic selection of new and traditional elements including kapa haka, nga taonga p?oro and creative technologies delivered by quality academics who are fluent in Maori, and some in Pacific and European languages can diversify your knowledge and add value to the theoretical aspect of your qualification.

Career opportunities

  • Broadcasting and Journalism
  • Educationalist
  • Government Policy Analyst
  • International Development Practitioner
  • Iwi Development
  • Maori Creative and Performing Arts
  • Research Consultant

Entry criteria

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

You can apply if you have international academic qualification equivalent to NCEA University Entrance. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more details, please visit university website.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. The University's English language entry requirements are: IELTS (Academic) - 6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 80 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 50 with no PTE communicative skills below 42; PBT TOEFL: Overall score of 60 with writing score of 21; C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English Advanced CAE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Proficiency Exam CPE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 80.

Note: To provide flexibility to students during COVID-19 who are affected by the closure of testing centres, the University of Waikato will accept the following alternative tests for all 2021 and 2022 intakes. Please note this policy is subject to review.

  • IELTS Indicator (this is an online version of the regular IELTS test)
  • TOEFL iBT Home (Plus) (this is an online version of the regular TOEFL test)
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 100 for undergraduate programmes.

Students who are accepted into their programme using any of the three language tests named above will be issued an unconditional offer, but will be required to undertake a supplementary online language assessment.

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