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Pathways

To get the most from such an expansive degree, it helps to have some focus.

At the end of your first year*, we'll ask you to begin to design a degree that develops in-depth expertise in a chosen area of interest. You’ll select modules and a pathway that gives you the skills and knowledge to tackle the problems which matter most to you. We'll guide and support you in making your decision about which pathway to follow.

* Some disciplinary pathways such as Economics or History will require you to study specific modules in your first year to proceed onto the pathway in your second year.

Choosing your pathway

We will work closely with you when choosing your pathway and modules within that pathway to ensure that your degree is best suited to your interests and future ambitions. You'll be guided and supported by our Director of Student Experience in making your decision about which pathway to follow.

There are two types of pathways to choose from:

1

Specialist Interest pathway

On a Specialist Interest pathway you'll choose your optional modules from across the University. Your Specialist Interest pathway will be determined entirely by your interests and goals.

2

Disciplinary Interest pathway

On a Disciplinary Interest pathway, you'll choose your optional modules exclusively from one of our partner departments. This pathway is for you if your passions lie in a particular subject.

The pathway you choose will be shown on your personalised Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Regardless of the pathway you choose, your course will fall under the following:

Specialist Interest pathways

You may choose to follow a Specialist Interest pathway, selecting your optional modules from across the University. Your Specialist Interest pathway will be open to your interpretation, and determined by your interests and goals. For example, your Specialist Interest may be 'Culture and Identity'. You will study this theme from your own perspective, choosing modules in arts, social sciences, or other disciplines.

Examples of Specialist Interest pathway titles:

  • Apocalyptic Studies
  • Business Ethics
  • Conflict, Culture, and Society
  • Culture and Identity
  • Food Security
  • Health and Human Society
  • Imagination in Childhood Development
  • Social Justice
  • Sustainability

The pathway titles listed above were designed by individual students in collaboration with our academics. You’re free to pursue your interests, whatever they might be: if one of the above pathway titles doesn’t reflect your passions and goals, we’ll help you design one that meets your needs.

Explore example modules you may study on a Specialist Interest pathway:

"A lot of Liberal Arts courses tend to leave students on their own to decide what pathway they want to go down, but with Warwick there’s a focus on making sure you know exactly what pathway is right for you."

Sara, Liberal Arts graduate

Disciplinary Interest pathways

If your passions lie in a specific subject, you may want to choose your optional modules from one of our partner departments. You can do this by following a Disciplinary Interest pathway.

Our Disciplinary Interest pathways include:

  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Film and Television Studies
  • History
  • Languages
  • Life Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Theatre and Performance Studies

If there are subjects you would like to study that aren't listed below, you may still be able to specialise in them; please email LiberalArts at warwick dot ac dot uk to find out more.

Explore the modules you might study on a Disciplinary Interest pathway:

Please see our FAQs page for questions and answers about pathways.