The new BA in Liberal Arts is a programme of study for those with endless curiosity and a broad range of interests. Liberal Arts students can distribute their studybroadly across the disciplines of the Humanities.
The interdisciplinary nature of this programme enables you to explore a wider range of thought forms and to develop skills tailored to your interests. Historical studies, cultural engagement and social advocacy, or theological and philosophical reasoning — the BA in Liberal Arts gives you the chance to do it all.
Liberal Arts (BA)
UCAS Code: HU01
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Why choose this course?
- Wide range of modules on relevant topics like the philosophy of mind, the history of genocide, or the literature of Western cultures.
- Modules based on lecturers' distinctive research expertise.
- Innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials.
- Space for independent thinking and opportunities to pursue your own favourite topics and interests.
- Chance to combine your studies with modules from other humanities subjects.
What you will learn
The BA in the Liberal Arts is a course designed to offer those students with a general interest in the Humanities a broad-based programme of study, that engages with a full breadth of Humanities subjects and disciplines rather than specialising in just one subject area.
The first two years of the degree programme are constituted by an innovative education model: two years of 'Basic Studies', which is a broad introduction to Humanities comprising modules from across the various Schools within the Faculty.
In these two years the student makes important choices about the course content to follow: through the choice of courses from the four strands of historical inquiry, cultural engagement, practical humanities and the human mind, the students decide to an extent on which areas of Humanities they wish to focus.
From the start you obtain a broad understanding of the Humanities, from which you gradually sharpen your profile into a specialisation in your third year. In the third year, two strands of study are chosen.
It is those two specialised strands that are studied in depth and form your Bachelor's degree. This gives students the possibility of a unique interdisciplinary study in the Humanities, creating the best correlation with the student’s professional interests and future job possibilities. Each student is free to choose the two strands which will comprise their Bachelor's degree.
Typical modules include:
- Armies and Navies
- Bronze Age Societies
- Continental Philosophy
- Death and Burial
- Defenders, Conquerors, Vanquished
- Excavation and Fieldwork
- Funerary Beliefs in Ancient Egypt
- History and theory of Genocide
- Media, Religion and society
- Medieval Europe: from Charlemagne to the Hundred Years War
- Philosophy of Language
- Philosophy of Mind
- Political Philosophy
- Post-Excavation and Analysis
- Prejudice and Discrimination
- Rise of Rome
- Sex and Violence
- The Cistercians
- The City of Rome
- The Holocaust
- War in History
The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.
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Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.
To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
Graduates go on to careers in a variety of fields including:
- Communication, business
- Cultural and social advocacy
- Film and media
- Fundraising, management consultancy, research
- Health, food and lifestyle
- Human, animal and land rights
- International development, aid and charity organisations
- Museums, heritage, tourism
- Race relations, community, social work, caring professions
The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.
Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.
Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.
Optional Field trip:
Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.
Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500
Individual trips: c. £5 - £50
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