A Liberal Arts pathway in Languages will open your eyes to new and exciting dimensions of other cultures.
As well as studying languages, you will come to understand in depth the history, politics and literature that have helped shape those languages and the places in which they are spoken throughout the world.
Modern Languages and Cultures is a vibrant interdisciplinary Department, and your Liberal Arts training will prepare you to engage confidently in modules which address important questions about society, culture and identity from different disciplinary perspectives.
What will I study on the Languages pathway?
On this pathway, you might choose to study creative expressions in cinema, art and literature. You might study different historical periods, people and cultures, or focus on politics, sociology and public policy. You might explore philosophy, ideology and the evolution of thought in different cultural contexts.
You will undertake a compulsory language module in the first year. In the second and final year you may opt to take language modules, cultural modules or a mixture of both. Most cultural modules are delivered in English, with primary materials often in the target language.
Language pathways are offered in: French, German, Italian or Spanish.
While we do not formally require specific A-Levels for the Liberal Arts degree, a Disciplinary Languages Pathway does necessitate a minimum language ability (to be determined by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures), evidenced either through a formal language qualification or interview.
In addition to language modules (compulsory only in the first year), cultural modules that may be of interest to Liberal Arts students include:
- French Cultural Landmarks: Love, Language and Power;
- Power and Passion: The Makings of Modern German Culture;
- Modern Italian Culture in Dialogue with Europe;
- Knowing Women: Gender, Education and Power in Hispanic Writing.