BA Liberal Arts
|Typical offer||AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34; BTEC DDD|
What is a Liberal Arts degree?
This internationally recognised, interdisciplinary approach to undergraduate study offers a considered balance between breadth and depth of study.
You will select one subject as your specialisation (your Major) and cherry-pick modules from other disciplines within the ‘Arts’ to create a flexible and bespoke field of study; with the opportunity to take a language, spend time abroad, and undertake a work placement.
There are a broad scope of subjects that are considered to fall within the Liberal Arts, but these are generally recognised to be topics within the humanities, as well as social sciences.
Its premise is that in-depth study of a subject is most effective when it is combined with a comprehensive experience of the concepts, methods and debates which connect all forms of academic enquiry.
Liberal Arts at Exeter
The innovative and challenging programme is aimed at ambitious and versatile students who do not want to be limited by traditional discipline boundaries. You can enjoy the prospect of taking control of your studies while still being supported by a course structure.
It offers in-depth learning in your chosen field of specialisation (your Major), complemented by the study of subjects alongside, selected from the Business School, Humanities and Social Sciences. You will also develop or extend your language skills, taking credits in either an ancient or modern language.
There are core Liberal Arts modules designed to develop your confidence in applying a range of approaches and methodologies, giving you a holistic and joined up approach to your studies. Our Think-Tank module gives you direct experience working with employers and external organisations, researching real-life problems. You will also have the option to gain work experience as part of your degree programme, either in the UK or abroad, which can further develop your employment potential.
You will benefit from a global perspective, addressing contemporary worldwide issues, and will develop your intellectual capabilities and critical skills.
Major subjects offeredThe Business School
- Marketing and Management
- Art History & Visual Culture
- Classics and Ancient History
- Film Studies
- Modern Languages
- Theology and Religion
- Arab and Islamic Studies
- International Relations
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
The Liberal Arts degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.
Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.
Entry requirements 2019
AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34; BTEC DDD
Additional selection criteria
We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.
In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.
*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.
International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programme for Humanities, Law and Social Science.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
The nature of learning at university, especially in the humanities and social sciences, involves a lot of self-directed study and research. As well as lectures, seminars and tutorials, led by internationally respected academics at the forefront of research, you will be encouraged to take the initiative by organising study groups, taking advantage of online and traditional learning resources, and managing your own time and workload.
We integrate the latest approaches to give you a varied and challenging programme. In core modules you will learn through analysis, questioning, discussion and debate, practical work, problem-solving, research projects and teamwork, all of which are designed to help you develop key skills for success in the rest of your degree and your future career.
Given the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of the Liberal Arts programme, and to ensure you benefit from the exciting breadth and depth of expertise across the institution, we will also use team-teaching so that you can get the most out of Exeter’s collective expertise. This means that while modules will be convened and led by specialist academics, experts in other disciplines will deliver many lectures, seminars and workshops.
We are actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including the increasing use of interactive computer-based approaches to learning through our virtual learning environment, where you can access detailed information about the programme, the modules and interact with your peers and lecturers through activities such as discussion forums.
There are many other opportunities for you to enrich your overall learning experience. Depending on the modules you choose you may be able to participate in mini conferences, where students present papers to fellow students and staff, plus research seminars and societies run by departments and the Students’ Guild around your subject(s) of interest. You may wish to join the student-run Liberal Arts Society which organises a range of events throughout the year.
The University of Exeter is nationally renowned for its student engagement, so you can also make your mark on your programme through involvement in the Student-Staff Liaison Committee and other student-led projects.
The University of Exeter is a research intensive institution. This means that our academic staff teach you and, in parallel, conduct high quality, ground-breaking research in their specialist subject areas. Your lecturers will be contributing to the latest developments in their field and ensure that their teaching is highly relevant to contemporary issues and current debates in academic scholarship.
You will have access to an academic tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. There are also a number of services on campus where you can get advice and information, including the Students’ Guild Advice Unit.
Taking modules outside your course
Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or widen your intellectual horizons. If you achieve at least 60 credits in a language via our Foreign Language Centre you may be able to have the words ‘with proficiency in’ and the language added to your degree title.
Digital Humanities Lab
As Digital Humanities is increasingly important in all areas of humanities research, we have invested £1.2 million in a state-of-the-art lab and research space for the examination and preservation of important historical, literary and visual artefacts. The Digital Humanities Lab allows you to use cutting edge equipment to find out more about our cultural heritage and creative past and share your discoveries with your peers. In the space, you will have the opportunity to curate digital exhibitions, carry out 2D and 3D digitisation, create professional quality video/audio recordings, and participate in exciting research projects that utilise data in innovative new ways.
You will be assessed through a variety of methods, which will vary greatly depending on your academic choices. These could include coursework, exams, written reports or seminar presentations. You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. The assessments in the second year, year abroad or year of employment experience (if applicable) and final year will contribute to your final degree classification.
The programme’s premise is that learning through this route will provide you with the critical skills, experiences, innovative attitudes and cultural intelligence which are valued by global employers.
Across the world Liberal Arts graduates are recognised as exceptionally well equipped, with a unique blend of specialist knowledge and a wide-range of skills essential in the contemporary workplace. As a result, Liberal Arts programmes produce world leaders in politics, business, technology, public service and the media.
Liberal Arts at the University of Exeter is a bold interdisciplinary programme that will give you a competitive edge in the graduate recruitment market.
The degree provides you with a range of transferable skills that are valued by employers across a variety of sectors. It allows you to develop specialisms that suit your career goals, which will be of benefit whether you plan to progress straight to employment or pursue further study. You will also be able to demonstrate your breadth of knowledge through gaining additional experience outside of your Major, such as language skills and developing an understanding of quantitative methodologies.
Recent graduates are now working for▲:
- University of Exeter
- Teach First
- Lush Cosmetics
- Civil Service
Recent graduates are now working as▲:
- Cultural Mapping Coordinator
- Digital content producer
- Primary School Teacher
- Events Planner (Publishing)
- Civil Service Fast Stream
- Buying Associate
- Sales Assistant
▲ This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2015/16. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers Service, with offices at our Exeter and Penryn campuses, ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. We offer the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award which include employability-related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market. Our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market, many employers target the University when recruiting new graduates.