Rhodes University Bachelor Of Social Science

Rhodes University Bachelor Of Social Science


To obtain a BSocSc degree you must obtain 10 credits. At least 5 credits (courses), including at least one major subject, must be chosen from the following:

Anthropology                                      Economics                  Organisational Psychology

Industrial & Economic Sociology         Politics                        Psychology


An African Language may be taken as the second major subject with a major in Anthropology. Other subjects which may be taken as major subjects for the BSocSc degree: Geography; History; Information Systems; Legal Theory; English Language & Linguistics; Mathematics; Mathematical Statistics; Philosophy; Computer Science; Environmental Science; Management.

The following are possible examples of degree structures:

First year (4 courses) Second year (4 courses) Third year (2 courses)
Anthropology 1

Sociology 1

Politics 1

Psychology 1

Economics 1

Management 1

Accounting 1

Anthropology 2

Sociology 2

Politics 2

Xhosa 1(NMT)

Psychology 2

Economics 2

Management 2

Organisational Psychology 2

Statistics 1D/TOF

Anthropology 3

Sociology 3

Any two of: Economics 3

Management 3

Organisational Psychology 3


* if you intend majoring in Management in a Bachelor of Social Science you need to obtain credit in Accounting 1, Economics 1, Statistics 1D and Theory of Finance (TOF) – therefore a good mathematics mark would be a requirement.

Humanities Extended Studies Programme

This programme offers an alternative route through a Rhodes degree in the humanities faculty. This programme is intended for South African English Second Language speakers who show potential to succeed at university but who might not achieve the entry requirements for a 3 year humanities degree. It is open to students with a matric exemption, not less than 28 admission points and at least a 4 for English as an additional language.

Entering this programme generally means that the degree must be taken over four years instead of three. Students take two mainstream humanities subjects from a limited choice of subjects offered. These two subjects are supported with additional extended studies classes. These classes aim to develop reading skills and conceptual understanding of the subjects, to give students assistance in preparing for tutorials and assignments and to develop subject specific vocabulary. In addition students take general skills classes which aim to provide students with skills they need to cope academically at university. Students also take computer literacy classes and an information literacy course.

After the first year, students can choose any subjects open to humanities students. Extended studies students are usually limited to taking a maximum of 3 credits in one year.

Sample extended studies degree

Year 1: (2 credits plus 2 support credits) Anthropology 1      Journalism and Media Studies 1

Year 2: (3 credits)                   Anthropology 2           Politics 1          Economics 1

Year 3: (3 credits)                  Anthropology 3           Politics 2          Psychology 1

Year 4: (2 credits)                   Economics 2                Politics