Liberal Arts 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Liberal Arts at Keele is a new, exciting and innovative degree programme. It offers you an all-round education, developing knowledge and skills from a range of disciplines that are applied to local, regional and global issues.

Single Honours
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3 years

UCAS code: Y000

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Course Overview

Liberal Arts is not like other degrees. Rather than focusing on one academic discipline, a Liberal Arts degree concentrates on the qualities that the student will have when they graduate. It offers a unique opportunity to develop critical and creative skills through study of a wide range of disciplines and approaches. The result is a challenging and engaging programme that contributes to the development of capable, and employable, citizen-graduates.

Liberal Arts is ideal if you’re a creative thinker, enjoy exploring new and varied subjects and want to make a difference to society. Its interdisciplinary approach to some of the world’s most pressing problems means you’ll study a wide range of subjects, including the social sciences, arts, humanities and natural sciences. Much of the programme is underpinned by innovative teaching. For example, the programme uses a ‘living labs’ approach, by which field trips engage students with local issues and their potential solutions. Students can pursue hands-on research into Britain’s industrial history and current/future-oriented issues of economic regeneration, social challenges and environmental sustainability, citizenship and creativity with opportunities for learning analytical, presentational, writing and research skills.

What will this mean for my future?

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. When you graduate, you’ll have a wide range of transferable skills including the ability to communicate effectively, think critically and creatively, problem solve, and demonstrate empathy towards others in local and global communities. These are all highly valued by employers, and can lead to a range of career choices.

You might go into the arts, the culture and media industries, education, advertising, marketing, tourism, leisure, local and national government, humanitarian work, health and social care, or many other professions.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Understanding the World
  • Through the Liberal Arts
  • Ten Problems of Philosophy
  • Understanding Culture
  • Four elective modules from
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Second year

  • Using Social Science to
  • Solve Problems
  • Creative Arts and Humanities
  • Four elective modules from
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Third year

  • Independent Study Project –
  • Dissertation OR Independent Study
  • Project – Creative Project Grand
  • Challenges in Society

Five elective modules from Humanities and Social Sciences