Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences


BA in Social Sciences is a multi-disciplinary study programme starting at Level 3. Each year is divided into two semesters. During each semester, you can offer courses worth a maximum of 15 credits. To complete the programme, you need to have a total of 90 credits. Each year you will offer a combination of compulsory and elective courses. In addition, you will have to offer what are known as 'Continuing Education' (CE) courses. You can select up to 8 credits of CE courses each year. Some of the CE courses, such as English, are compulsory.

This degree is offered in the English medium and it offers you the opportunity to obtain a multi-disciplinary social science training while selecting a stream in which you can obtain a special orientation. Students who register for the programme can choose from the following 4 streams.

  1. Economics and Development Studies
  2. Communication Studies
  3. Politics and International Relations
  4. Society and Culture Studies


Programme Code :


Programme Category :

Undergraduate Programme

Conducted by :

Dept. of Social Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Programme duration :

Minimum 03 Years Maximum 09 Years

Discipline(s) / Course(s) :

Economics,Sociology, Mass Communication, Politics and International Studies


  • A minimum of three passes at the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) examination in any stream, or
  • A minimum of 30 credits at SLQF Level 2 or above from any programme offered by a Higher Education Institution approved by the Senate of the Open University of Sri Lanka, or
  • Qualification or accredited work experience equivalent to NVQF Level 4 or
  • An equivalent or higher qualification acceptable to the Senate.


  • Application fee (on-line)- Rs. 350/=

Further Details

This undergraduate programme is conducted by the Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Contact the Department of Social Studies

Download Departmental Prospectus 2017-2018     [  English - Sinhala - Tamil ]

Address :

Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda.

Contact :

011 288 1417

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