Abbreviation to be used in the application form Code Number of first-year places
BA 6054 377
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 may optionally choose to take major(s) and/or minor(s) offered by other faculties, with the aim of broadening their knowledge and perspectives. In addition, they may also choose to study on the four-year dual degree programme which two Bachelor's degrees from two highly respected international universities– one from Europe – Sciences Po – and one from Asia – The University of Hong Kong (HKU) will be awarded.  Students will spend the first two years in France and the third and fourth years in Hong Kong.

Programme Majors & Minors

BA offers 22 majors and 30 minors. The majors offered include:

School of Chinese 

  • Chinese History and Culture
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Translation

School of English 

  • English Studies
  • Language and Communication

School of Humanities 

  • Comparative Literature
  • Fine Arts
  • General Linguistics
  • History
  • Music
  • Philosophy

School of Modern Languages and Cultures 

  • American Studies
  • China Studies (Arts Stream)
  • European Studies
  • French
  • German
  • Global Creative Industries
  • Hong Kong Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Spanish

The major list is subject to change. Please refer to the Faculty website for the most updated information http://arts.hku.hk/current-students/undergraduate/BA/majors-minors 

Career Prospects

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.

Contacts for Further Information
Faculty of Arts
Tel 3917 8977
Fax 2548 5231
Email arts@hku.hk
Website http://arts.hku.hk
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