About the Faculty 

The Faculty of Arts was founded in 1912 and is one of the oldest and largest faculties in the University of Hong Kong. The Faculty of Arts, as an internationally renowned and leading humanities faculty, strives to attract and nurture outstanding scholars and students from around the world through excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, research, and knowledge exchange. As one of the flagship faculties of the University, the Faculty of Arts contributes to the advancement of knowledge about the arts and to the betterment of society. It nurtures leaders who are committed to making significant contributions to the development of Hong Kong, the region, and the world at large. 

The mission of the faculty is to fulfill its vision in six ways: building upon its traditional strengths while pushing the boundaries of liberal arts scholarship; engaging in innovative, high-impact, and leading-edge research within and across the humanities and other disciplines; developing a collegial, flexible, and pluralistic intellectual environment for its staff and students that fosters creativity and enables freedom of thought and expression; producing graduates with highly developed analytical, linguistic, critical and creative skills, for leadership and success in their professional and life endeavours; providing a comprehensive humanistic and liberal research environment for its staff and students and lifelong learning opportunities for the Hong Kong community; and serving as an international gateway and forum for humanistic scholarship between China and the rest of the world. In recent years, the faculty has developed a flexible curriculum that enables students to specialise in specific subjects while also exploring a wide range of interests. This prepares students for a wide range of career choices.

The Faculty is organised into the following Schools/Centres: 

  • School of Chinese (Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Culture, and Translation)                                                       
  • School of English (English Studies, and Language and Communication)                                                                                                           
  • School of Humanities (Comparative Literature, Fine Arts, History, Linguistics, Music, and Philosophy)                                                
  • School of Modern Languages and Cultures (African Studies, American Studies, China Studies, European Studies, Global Creative Industries, Hong Kong Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, and Language and Culture Programmes)                                        
  • Centre for Applied English Studies
  • Centre of Buddhist Studies (Buddhist Studies)
Degrees Offered
Title Abbreviation to be used in the application form Code Number of first-year places
Bachelor of Arts BA 6054 377
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education in Language Education - English (Double Degree) BA&BED(LangEd)-Eng 6066 31
Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies and Bachelor of Laws (Double Degree) BA(Literary Studies)&LLB 6078 20
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education in Language Education - Chinese (Double Degree) BA&BED(LangEd)-Chin 6080 26
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