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Study Streams


The Faculty of Arts will be introducing Study Streams for the General Degree students from 2016. The Study Streams will be introduced to the students who will start their second year in 2016.


The Study Stream concept has two main aims:

1. To give more direction and focus to General Degree students’ education at the Faculty of Arts.  At present, General Degree students do not have much to go on when they select courses in their first, second and third subject areas. As a result, they make their selection randomly, without much insight into whether a particular array of courses amounts to a sound composite and if any one combination will result in rigorous knowledge in a particular area. The Study Streams concept aims to help General Degree students make a smart selection of course units.

2. To give General Degree students a greater sense of belonging than they hold at the moment. Departments are primarily responsible on a day-to-day basis for having oversight over students’ academic progress, and there is in this arrangement a sense of belonging as a student of a particular Department. The Study Streams concept aims to strengthen the connection between Departments and General Degree students, to enhance a mutual sense of ownership and belonging.  


Q. What is a Study Stream?

A Study Stream is a streamlined and closely targeted selection of subject-specific course units. In designing which courses should go into a Study Stream and how they should be organized, a Department should consider:

What are the (English, Sociology, History etc.) subject specific attributes that a General Degree student should graduate with after taking courses with us over three years?

What type of graduates do we want to produce after a General Degree? How should we (as a Department) think of our General Degree student profile?


Q. Will a Study Stream in a Department replace the current ways of administering the General Degree programme?

           Yes, When it comes into being the Study Stream is the General Degree Programme in a Department.


The existing General Degree Programme has 3 main subjects: Subject 1, 2 and 3. With the Study Streams, more emphasis will be placed on Subject 1. Starting from the first year, students will be required to complete a minimum of 36 credits in Subject 1.


Starting from the first year, students will need to complete:

·         12 courses (3 more than at present) from Subject 1 (12 x 3 credits = 36 credits) in 3 years

·         6 courses (3 less than at present) from Subject 2 (6 x 3 credits = 18 credits) in 3 years

·         6 courses (1 less than at present) from Subject 3 (6 x 3 credits =18 credits) in 3 years

·         4 FND course units in the first year (4 x 3 credits = 12 credits)

·         2 ELT course units* in the second and third years (one in each year) (2 x 3 credits = 6 credits)



See below for the distribution of courses across the three years.


1st Subject


2nd Subject

3rd Subject



Total Credits

1st Year

2 (6 credits)

2 (6 credits)

2 (6 credits)

4 (12 credits)



2nd Year

5 (15 credits)

2 (6 credits)

2 (6 credits)


1 (3 credits)


3rd Year

5 (15 credits)

2 (6 credits)

2 (6 credits)


1 (3 credits)




Subject Streams :


Department / Unit

Name of the Study Stream


Applied Demography


  • Banking and Finance
  • Business and Managerial Economics


English Studies : Theory and Practice


Geography and Environmental Management


Culture and Heritage

International Relations

Conflict, Resolution and Peace

Political Science & Public Policy

Democracy and Governance


Sinhala Studies


Applied Sociology Studies

Buddhist Studies Unit

Buddhist Studies

English Language Teaching Unit

Studies in English Language as a second Language

Communication and Media Studies

Communication and Creative Arts

Islamic and Civilization 

Applied Islamic Studies

Computer Teaching Unit

ICT for Development



Department of Demography


Departmnet of Economics


Departmnet of English


Department of Geography


Departmnet of History


Department of International Relations


Department of Political Science & Public Policy


Department of Sinhala


Department of Sociology