Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts courses for 2022

Single Honours

  • A challenging and rewarding programme for outstanding and highly motivated students.
  • Gain depth of expertise while exploring a range of subjects.
  • A rich education in the meaning and importance of the arts and humanities.
  • Opportunities to study abroad and gain work experience in the community, enhancing your employability.

Why study Liberal Arts at Bristol?

The Faculty of Arts at Bristol is home to researchers who are committed to the ideals of liberal education. It is a place where an interdisciplinary outlook emerges from the interaction of diverse scholars and students.

You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own curriculum, making connections between core and optional units. You will also incorporate into your education the abundant activities and opportunities available within the flourishing cultural life of the University and the city.

You can choose to do either a BA or an integrated master's degree (MLibArts) in liberal arts, each distinct and with its own advantages. Both degree options require you to select a specialist subject pathway from one of the disciplines in the Faculty of Arts. Alongside your subject pathway units, you will take interdisciplinary units with your liberal arts cohort. You will also study a language and learn how to work with data. Finally, you may take optional units from across the range of disciplines offered by the faculty. Whichever route you follow, you will have the opportunity to explore different disciplines and think critically and creatively about them by writing an interdisciplinary dissertation.

What kind of student would this course suit?

If you enjoy ideas, have strong interests in more than one subject area and like to find connections between them, and want to strike out for yourself, you will be well suited to this course. You should be able to acquire, analyse and communicate knowledge, be motivated and intellectually curious, and not be afraid to try new things.

Above all, we are seeking those who are willing to take responsibility for their studies and be proactive in shaping their education.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Core units are taught via a mixture of methods such as interactive lectures and smaller group discussions in seminars.

Types of assessment vary and will test your knowledge and understanding while honing your skills. Assessments may include essays, presentations, single or group projects, portfolios, peer-review exercises, creative work and traditional exams.

This variety of assessment ensures that you pick up a wide range of communication and analytical skills to prepare you for life beyond university.

What are my career prospects?

A liberal arts degree, with its high academic standards, interdisciplinary breadth, and emphasis on community engagement, will help you build an enviable combination of knowledge, understanding and analytical and communication skills.

Experiences gained while studying abroad, embarking on field trips or working with local networks and organisations will add to your skillset. Our goal is to prepare you to be an informed, ethical global citizen, ready to contribute to society as you tackle the world of work or further study.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


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