Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts

4 years

Bachelors of Arts (BA), is a four years program offered by Nepal Open Univesity. It aims to impart theoretical and conceptual knowledge along with practical applications while upholding the fundamental principles of the humanities and social sciences. The program encompasses the greater scopes of social sciences and humanities that span disciplinary boundaries.

The program encourages students to observe, visualize, and analyze social phenomena in accordance with various theoretical conjunctures as it prepares them for higher education degrees. It also encourages students to explore the researchable problems and areas that are either heavily or lightly populated in the particular domain. Since the program is a prerequisite for entering a university, it introduces students to a new field of study that can lead to higher degrees.


The program has the following general objectives

  •  To familiarize students to the existing social and human values, establishing a solid foundation for the study of society and human beings;
  • To introduce students with broad, comprehensive and multi-dimensional knowledge and world-views in the concerned field
  • To acquaint and enhance the basic disciplinary knowledge and skills to the students
  • To equipt students with analytical skills that will enable them to bring pose changes in the society, be it leading development projects or emancipating fellow beings from different kinds of bondages
  • To incorporate the contemporary issues in the particular discipline, and; vi. To prepare the learners for further study and further degrees.

Salient Features

Evaluation Process

Internal Evaluation = 40% (In semester Examination: presentation, quiz, wiki, discussion forum, assignment, etc)

External Evaluation = 60% (Semester End Examination)

Letter Grade GPA Marks in Percentage Remarks A 4 90 and above Outstanding

A- 3.7 80 to <90 Excellent

B+ 3.3 70 to <80 Very Good B

3 60 to <70 Good

B- 2.7 50 to <60 Satisfactory

C+ 2.4 40 to < 50 Pass F Below 2.4

Below 40 Fail 8.

More Details

Total Years: 4 Total Semesters: 8 Total Credits: 120 (40 courses * 3 Credits)

Tuition Fee: NRs.600 per credit Total Tuition Fee: NRs. 72000/- (of all semesters)

Examination Fee: NRs. 2000/- (Per Semester Examination)

Name Registration: NRs. 2000/- (Just Once)

Admission: NRs. 2000/- (Just Once)

Library Fee: NRs. 1500/- (Once a Year)

Entrance Fee: NRs. 1000/- 9. Entrance

Examination Pattern

Students will be selected based on the Merit List prepared after the Entrance Examination. Students will be chosen based on their oral performances and their earlier qualification. Examination Committee will take virtual interviews of the candidates. A separate checklist will be prepared based on the performance in the earlier degree, providing a certain number to the achieved degree (for instance: 5 marksthe  for first division in 10+2 or IA, 4 marks for the second division, and so on). Combining the interview marks and the qualification checklist, the eligible students’ list will be published on the Web of the University.


To be enrolled in the BA program, each prospective student should have passed secondary level education or intermediate level (I.A) or equivalent degree from TU orBoardboard/ Institution/ University, securing at least a D+ grade, recognized by NOU from any stream. Students are free to choose any subjects in BA irrespective of their plus two backgrounds.

Job Prospects

The social science and humanities graduates fit in several workstations. Practically research-oriented course certainly multiplies the chances of being employed in several sectors like educational institutions, research, colleges, universities, schools, NGO/ INGOs, civil service, private organizations, cultural organizations, and so on. They may even work as a freelancer. Some of them may be social activists, writers, editors, supervisors, consultants, and even journalists. We also produce political leaders, social engineers, and freedom fighters.

Curricular Structure

Semester I


Subject Course 1 Course 2 Credits
  Nepali I - 3
Sociology Introduction to Sociology Classical Sociological Theories 3+3
English An Introduction to English Studies History of English Literature 3+3
Economics Micro Economics I Macro Economics I 3+3
Nepali भाषाविज्ञान र नेपाली भाषा नेपाली कविता र काव्य 3+3

Semester II

Subject Course 1 Course 2 Credits
  Nepali II - 3
Sociology Research Methods in Sociology Theories of Social Change and Development 3+3
English Prose Poetry 3+3
Economics Micro Economics II Macro Economics II 3+3
Nepali नेपाली नाटक र निबन्ध आधुनिक नेपाली कथा 3+3

Semester III

Subject Course 1 Course 2 Credits
Compulsory English English I - 3
Sociology Social Stratification Social Institution and Processes 3+3
English Drama Literary Stylistics 3+3
Economics Mathematics for Economics I Development Economics and Planning I 3+3
Nepali पूर्वीय र पाश्चात्य साहित्य सिद्धान्त पूर्वआधुनिक नेपाली साहित्य र लोकवार्ता 3+3

Semester IV

Subject Course 1 Course 2 Credits
English II English II - 3
Sociology Political Sociology Sociology of Capitalism 3+3
English Creative Writing Film and Society 3+3
Economics Mathematics for Economics II Development Economics and Planning II 3+3
Nepali आधुनिक नेपाली उपन्यास उत्तरवर्ती नेपाली साहित्य 3+3

Semester V

Subject Course 1 Course 2 Credits
  English III - 3
Sociology Sociology of Law Economic Sociology 3+3
English Nepali Literature in English Professional Communication 3+3
Economics Monetary Economics Public Finance I 3+3
Nepali नेपाली साहित्यको इतिहास र नेपाली समालोचना प्रयोजनपुरक/कार्यमूलक नेपाली 3+3

Semester VI

Subject Course 1 Course 2 Credits
  English IV - 3
Sociology Democracy, Diversity, and Inequality Sociology of Gender 3+3
English Masculinity Studies History of the English Language 3+3
Economics International Trade Public Finance II 3+3
Nepali अन्तविर्षयक अध्धयन सम्पादन र पत्रकारिता 3+3

Semester VII


Subject Course 1 Course 2 Credits
  Elective 1 - 3
Sociology Sociology of Environment Sociology of Health 3+3
English Translation Studies Applying Literary Theory 3+3
Economics Monetary System and Banking in Nepal Financial Economics 3+3
Nepali विशेष अध्ययन सिर्जनात्मक लेखन र वक्कला 3+3

Semester VIII

Subject Course 1 Course 2 Credits
  Elective 2 - 3
Sociology Industrial Sociology Sociology of Knowledge 3+3
English Research Writing Research for English Studies 3+3
Economics Contemporary Nepalese Economy Independent Study 3+3
Nepali शोधविधि शोधपत्र लेखन 3+3