The Faculty of Arts inaugurated study streams for those who opt for three year general degree at the faculty from May 2015. A Study Stream is a streamlined and closely targeted selection of subject-specific course units offered by departments/units in the faculty.

The study streams give more direction and focus to General Degree students’ education at the Faculty of Arts. Hence, students have the opportunity to offer an array of courses amounts to a sound combination that 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.

The study streams also provide the General Degree students with 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.

How the study streams work is given in the table below.

Table 2: Credits for Study Stream Subjects

 

Year

1st Subject

(Stream)

2nd Subject

3rd Subject

FND

ENH

Total Credits

1st Year

2 (6 credits)

2 (6 credits)

2 (6 credits)

4 (12 credits)

30

2nd Year

5 (15 credits)

2 (6 credits)

2 (6 credits)

1 (3 credits)

30

3rd Year

5 (15 credits)

2 (6 credits)

2 (6 credits)

1 (3 credits)

30

 

FND: Foundation Units,    ENH: Enhancement Units
Note: number of course units are calculated, assuming 3 credit per unit.

 

With the Study Streams, it is evident that more emphasis is placed on Subject 1. Starting from the first year, students will be required to complete a minimum of 36 credits in Subject 1. One could realize that under Study Streams unit selection has been streamlined and simplified. The departments and units will announce the full list of courses associated with their study streams in the beginning of each year.

Undergraduates who are joining the three year degree programme of the Faculty of Arts will be able to offer the following study streams.

 

Subject Streams :

Department / Unit Name of the Study Stream
Demography Applied Demography
Economics
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business and Managerial Economics
English English Studies : Theory and Practice
Geography Geography and Environmental Management
History Culture and Heritage
International Relations Conflict, Resolution and Peace
Political Science & Public Policy Democracy and Governance
Sinhala Sinhala Studies
Sociology
  • Applied Sociology Studies
  • Urban and Community 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