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Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Cultural Studies

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Canterbury


The Bachelor of Arts is a highly flexible degree that allows a wide range of choices from major and minor subjects or specialisation pathways, as well as courses from other degrees.

Cultural Studies: Cultural Studies analyses many popular cultural forms that are shown to be extremely powerful political forces in shaping our societies and our identities.

Overview: In Cultural Studies, you will analyse film, social media, graphic novels, art, fashion, sport, everyday activities, and many more, with the aim of understanding how complex our culture is and how it shapes our identity. This subject – like culture – is highly flexible; you can construct your own degree and choose to dive into what interests you the most.

What will my study involve:

Create your own pathway of study, which might emphasise popular culture and media, gender and sexuality, human-animal studies, or culture in Aotearoa. Combine wide-ranging topics like cinema studies, digital humanities and online cultures, sociology, and M?ori and Indigenous studies. Explore a range of theories, worldviews, and cultural texts and debates. Adding a minor in Cultural Studies with another degree will expand your perspective on culture and identity in your other studies.

Career Opportunities:From the careful consideration of different aspects of culture, you will be able to develop a broad skillset including critical thinking, analysis, communication, writing, and research. Your study can be applied to a variety of fields making it easy for you to move in the job market. Career pathways could include: arts management journalism, editing, and publishing public relations and advocacy campaign management.

Entry criteria

Applicants must have completed New Zealand University Entrance through NCEA; or Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or any other equivalent overseas qualification.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not My Best scores.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42.
  • CAE or CPE: Minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade.
  • Language Cert: B2 Communicator (LRWS) overall with High Pass.

Applications after the deadline date (8 December) will be considered if places are available.

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