Durham University Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts gives you the opportunity to design your own degree. You can study two, three, or even four subjects, in and beyond the Arts and Humanities, choosing and combining modules in ways which reflect your individual interests and aspirations.
Liberal Arts – formerly ‘Combined Honours in Arts’ – is a flexible multidisciplinary programme, which gives those who want to specialise in two or more subjects the chance to study in some of the UK’s most highly-regarded departments in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. If your interests include English Literature, History, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Classics, Music, or Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Liberal Arts programme gives you a way to combine these subjects, and other subjects, including Politics, Economics, Sociology, and Geography, at Durham University.
Liberal Arts offers you the opportunity to design your own programme of study. The Liberal Arts programme complements Durham University’s Single and Joint Honours programmes, enabling you to study modules in up to four subjects in, and beyond, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. If you are looking for the freedom to follow your intellectual interests, wherever these might take you, then Liberal Arts might be the right programme for you.
In Liberal Arts, it is not only possible to study any subject in the Arts and Humanities, but also most subjects in the Social Sciences. It is possible, therefore, for students to combine History and Politics, for example, but also to study subjects in combinations less likely to be available in a Joint Honours programme, such as Theology and Anthropology, or Music and Sociology, or Philosophy and Geography.
If the subject which you regard as your primary interest is in the Social Sciences, you should apply for the Combined Honours in Social Sciences programme (LMV0).
If your principal subjects include one or more modern languages – French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese – then, at the end of your first year, you would transfer to the four-year version of your programme, and spend your third year abroad, either studying at university, or teaching English, or undertaking internships in companies and other organisations. If, however, you do not wish to take any subject other than modern languages, you should apply for the Modern Languages and Cultures programme (R002).