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Liberal Arts

Why study Liberal Arts at Durham

Why Study Liberal Arts?

Liberal Arts programmes provide a flexible, multidisciplinary alternative to Single Honours and Joint Honours programmes, giving students the opportunity to pursue their interests in

Durham’s Liberal Arts programme, in common with other Liberal Arts and Combined Honours programmes, provides a framework within which students can study a wide range of subjects in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. These programmes offer students both breadth, through the study of several subjects, and depth, through increasing specialisation in the later stages of their studies. They encourage students to make connections between their subjects, and foster the development of interdisciplinary perspectives. Some of the programmes require or strongly recommend the study of a modern language, and many offer students a chance to study or work abroad for a year.

Graduates of Liberal Arts and related programmes are highly employable, not only on account of the knowledge, understanding, and skills which they have acquired in each of their subjects but also, and more fundamentally, because of the broad range of their skills, their adaptability, their capacity to make connections, and their independence of mind.

Why Study it at Durham?

Durham’s Liberal Arts programme, formerly entitled ‘Combined Honours in Arts’, is one of the three multidisciplinary programmes which have enabled generations of students to specialise in two or more subjects at Durham University. Through Combined Honours in Arts, Combined Honours in Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences, the University has played a leading role in the provision of multidisciplinary programmes for many years. Drawing on this experience, the Liberal Arts programme provides a highly flexible framework for multidisciplinary studies in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

The Liberal Arts programme enables students to put together a programme of study reflecting their specific interests and aspirations. Every student is unique, and while some combinations of subjects are more popular than others, it is rare for any two students to be studying exactly the same combination of modules. The Liberal Arts programme is the framework within which all of these individual and distinctive programmes of study develop.

Several universities have a colligiate system. Another part of the 'Durham difference' is our unique college set up.

Durham consistently gets high student satisfaction results when its students both past and present are surveyed, moreover, this leads our students to get superb post education employment prospects.