Liberal Arts (BA)

Bachelor of Arts
Typical Offer
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3 years
Course Type
Avenue and Highfield
UCAS Course code

About this course

Understand the world in all its cultural, ethical and political complexity. In this liberal arts degree you can study subjects across the arts, humanities, and social sciences, examining questions about our place in the world and our ability to change it.

A liberal arts degree provides the well-rounded perspective that so many of the world’s most important challenges require. You’ll choose topics according to your interests, and develop the skills to tackle problems with a variety of methods and from different perspectives. These skills will place you in an excellent position for a successful career or further study.

You'll gain expertise in the subjects that interest you most through your choice of a dedicated pathway on this course. You can choose a pathway subject from the following areas:

  • Arts: film or music
  • Humanities: archaeology, english, history, linguistics, or philosophy
  • Languages: french, german, portuguese, or spanish 
  • Social sciences: criminology, politics, or sociology

Alongside your pathway subject, you’ll take liberal arts modules and choose optional modules from the other subjects available on the degree.

When completing your UCAS form you must indicate your proposed pathway subject under ‘further details’ in the ‘choices’ section of the application. This helps us allocate space on your chosen subject.


Year in industry

You may also be eligible to apply to undertake the University’s Year in Employment. (YIE). This offers you a great opportunity to complete a work placement between Year 2 and Year 3 of your degree and will help you develop work-based skills. You can choose a placement in any sector you like, whether it’s aligned to your degree or in a completely new area of interest. 

Year abroad

This course includes a study abroad year at one of our partners in Europe, North America, Australia or Asia. This is a fantastic way to broaden your cultural horizons, take on new challenges, and add International experience to your CV.

It's also an opportunity to learn new skills and enhance your employability within the global marketplace.

Flexible study

For some of our students, full-time study isn't a practical possibility for professional, financial or personal reasons. For this course, we offer a part-time option, please refer to flexible study for further information.

  • full-time undergraduate degrees are usually completed in three years.
  • part-time students cover the same content, but over a longer time-scale, between four and eight years.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Study BA Liberal Arts at University of Southampton

Course locations

This course is based at Avenue and Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.