Graduate Profile

Our Graduate Profile outlines the capabilities that you will develop through studying for a Bachelor of Arts.

Disciplinary knowledge and practice

  • Able to display knowledge and understanding of essential content and significance of their chosen fields of study.
  • Able to apply knowledge and understanding through the exercise of practices specific to fields of study.
  • Able to define, contextualize and address questions or problems through multi- and/or interdisciplinary enquiry.

Critical thinking

  • Able to identify and evaluate the premises, conditions and contexts of knowledge claims and information sources.
  • Able to conceive and formulate questions based on synthesising information and ideas from multiple sources and diverse perspectives.
  • Able to construct reasoned, reflexive arguments and interpretations using valid evidence to justify claims and conclusions.

Solution seeking

  • Able to define problems with regard to their significance, ethical implications, and real-world challenges, using skills in the analysis of social and cultural data.
  • Research, imagine, and aim to create transformative solutions to defined problems.

Communication and engagement

  • Able to communicate effectively in academic English and other academic and vernacular languages, according to background and specialisation.
  • Express and present information and ideas clearly, coherently, and persuasively in a variety of forms to diverse audiences.
  • Interact and collaborate with individuals and groups to accomplish tasks, and show capacity to work constructively as part of a team to achieve positive outcomes.

Independence and integrity

  • Able to demonstrate honesty and integrity and to engage in independent, ethical decision-making and action.
  • Capable of intellectual flexibility, self-assessment and self-directed learning for the benefit of career management as well as future personal and professional progress.

Social and environmental responsibilities

  • Understand the historical, social, political, economic and cultural significance of tangata whenua and recognize the ongoing significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to contemporary New Zealand.
  • Recognise the cultural, linguistic, and historical diversity and global connectedness of New Zealand as a Pacific nation.
  • Able to exercise rights and fulfil responsibilities as informed, ethical, and engaged citizens contributing to sustainable social, economic, and natural environments.