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Programme Aims and Features
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) programme involves a four-year curriculum. The first year is a “year of exploration”, in which students are encouraged to pursue their own special interests but also to introduce themselves to subjects that are new to them. They have a wide range of choices, but are required to take at least 18 credits of introductory Arts courses, normally including the pre-requisite(s) of the programme(s) in which they plan to major or minor.
At the end of the first year, students decide on at least one major field of specialisation in the faculty. From the second to the fourth years of study, the BA programme offers a liberal and flexible curriculum, enabling students to develop their individual study programmes within a guided and academically coherent framework. Students can elect to pursue one arts major plus a variety of other courses, two separate majors, or one major and up to two minors.
Some programmes offered under the BA require students to have certain academic abilities, for example a certain level of language qualifications, before they are allowed to enrol in the programme and/or to make it their major. Students are advised to carefully study the requirements in the BA syllabuses for individual programmes.
Apart from having at least one Arts major, students can optionally choose to take major(s) and/or minor(s) offered by other faculties, with the aim of broadening their knowledge and perspectives.
The BA programme equips graduates with a basic breadth of knowledge, plus the analytical, linguistic and interpersonal skills required in the workplace. Arts graduates have many career options in both the private and public sectors. The largest percentage joins the business sector, including many who assume management and administrative posts. The next largest group becomes teachers. Some graduates have joined the government as administrative or executive officers, while others have found work in media and advertising. In recent years, more and more arts students have continued their studies at postgraduate level.