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BALiberal Arts

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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Overview

Knowledge is rooted in the experiences of people across the world. It is created from memory, culture, landscape and myth. This knowledge is often split into separate ‘disciplines’ such as those in the sciences, maths, history, geography, literature and art. However, true knowledge does not recognise these boundaries; the world is complex, interconnected and networked.

Our course is for you if you love studying a variety of subjects, and want to maintain this breadth of knowledge at university. Broaden your horizons by taking up the challenge of studying across a range of disciplines, exploring the variations in the ways that the humanities and social sciences help us to think imaginatively and critically about the worlds we live in.

You take modules which cover the historical foundations of the humanities, challenge dominant worldviews, and explore innovative and subversive essays and manifestos. The flexible structure of this course allows you to choose a range of optional modules across literature, film, philosophy, history of art, history, linguistics, politics, sociology and modern languages.

The types of issues and problems you might explore include:

- How commercial and independent films interpret human relationships
- How to compose your own writing, inspired by the great essayists
- Important philosophical questions about life, death and religion
- Great works of art and literature
- Languages

Based within our Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (CISH), the choice is yours: you choose your modules based on your own background and interests. You engage with unusual, controversial, and provocative ideas, so that you can use the humanities and social sciences to become critically aware and possess the tools to change the world for the better.

We are proud that our liberal arts students are the happiest in the country, gaining the highest score for student satisfaction in England (NSS 2014), and that as a university we are top 5 in the UK for social science research (REF 2014).

Programme structure

Year 1

The Enlightenment
Co-Curricular Employability Module (Year 1)
Critical Reasoning and Logical Argument (optional)
Literature: Origins and Transformations (optional)
Europe: Myth and Idea (optional)
Introduction to Contemporary Latin America (optional)

Year 2

The World in Question: the Social, Political and Psychological Legacies of the Enlightenment
America: Centres and Margins, Borders and Boundaries (optional)
Brazil in Focus: Business, Culture and Society (optional)
United States Literature Since 1850 (optional)

Final year

Dangerous Ideas: Essays and Manifestos as Social Criticism
Final Year Dissertation (optional)
Creative Writing: Oulipo and the Avant Garde (optional)
The Unconscious: Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society – Freud (optional)
The Unconscious: Analytical Psychology, Culture and Society – Jung (optional)

Career opportunities

A Liberal Arts course can lead to a wide variety of careers in the media, journalism, publishing, local government, voluntary agencies, librarianship, finance, management and other fields. Many employers prefer to recruit students with a broad-based liberal arts education (and provide them with vocational training during their first year at work) than to recruit students who have specialised in one discipline.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of organisations including Euromoney, a financial publication company, a housing association, and an English language school in Japan.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States