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A message from our Director of Admissions

"Welcome to the Liberal Arts community; we can't wait to see you in September."

Top tips for offer holders

Hear from final-year Liberal Arts student and student blogger, Olamide.

Getting to know us

Attend an Offer Holder Open Day, join a live chat, or get in touch via email.

What happens next?

Find out what happens after you've received your offer.

Our recommended texts

Take a look at our recommended texts to help prepare you for the course.

Getting ready for first year

Familiarise yourself with the core Liberal Arts modules and professional development certificates.

A message from our Director of Admissions

As the Director of Admissions and Director of Student Experience for Liberal Arts here at Warwick, I've been incredibly privileged to read your applications and I have been astounded with the breadth of experiences, passions, and achievements all of you will bring to us. Our offers are not the result of some formula; this is a highly personal process. I've read your personal statement, your references, and your transcripts. We thought about you as we developed new modules and adapted the existing ones. I thought about how you, with your unique skills and interests, might contribute to our perpetually-evolving understanding of Problem-Based Learning at Warwick. When we sent out your offer, we celebrated your success not just because we felt we had got to know you, but also because we are so excited to see everything that the application process couldn't reveal. But most of all, we're so thrilled because we know that you belong here.

Liberal Arts at Warwick is a small, close-knit group of faculty and students, and we know how important it is to ensure that we don't just accept students with high marks. Rather, our students represent the most ambitious, energetic, independent, and creative university entrants, eager to work collaboratively to continually reshape the programme for themselves and subsequent generations of Liberal Arts students. You will be the ambassadors of this degree--a degree that means so much to us, the Liberal Arts Department--and we have every confidence in your ability to make this experience something truly special for all of us.

I know that this can be a stressful time, especially as you weigh up various course offers and try to imagine the routes your life can take. We want to encourage you to take risks, to dream big, and to make your decision out of hope and determination, not stress or anxiety. If you have any questions, big or small, or you just want to have a chat, please don't hesitate to drop me a message via email, Twitter, or Skype (gavinsl).

Welcome to the Liberal Arts at Warwick community; we can't wait to see you in September."

Tips for offer holders from Liberal Arts student Olamide

"Definitely check out the first-year modules ahead of time, so you can familiarise yourself with what you're going to be learning. You can maybe get ahead of everyone if you want to check out the books that are recommended. I'd really recommend knowing what you're getting into."

Visit Olamide's blog

Getting to know us

Offer Holder Open Days

Our Offer Holder Open Days are designed to help you get to know our department and give you a taste of life at Warwick. Booking is by email invitation only. Find out more about Offer Holder Open Days.

Catch up on the session recordings from our recent Liberal Arts Offer Holder Open Days:

Live chats

We're holding online offer holder live chats where you can speak to our Director of Student Experience and current students in Liberal Arts. Keep an eye on your emails for invites to our offer holder live chats.

Get to know our 2020-21 team of student ambassadors who often join our live chats and Offer Holder Open Days here.


If you'd like to get in touch with us at any point in time, please send an email to LiberalArts at warwick dot ac dot uk and we'll be very happy to speak to you.

What happens next?

1. Understand your offer

Make sure you take the time to understand all of the terms and conditions of your offer and check that you are registered for the exams that you will require to meet these. Find out more about what your offer means here.

2. Respond to your offer

Once all the courses you have applied for have responded, you will be asked to make a decision about which course will be your firm offer, and UCAS will inform you of the deadline by which you need to respond with your choice. For more information about responding to your offer, please see here.

3. Apply for accommodation

Once you have responded to UCAS and placed Warwick as either your firm or insurance choice, you will be able to apply for accommodation. Warwick will notify you when accommodation applications for the 2021/22 academic year open.

4. Results day 🎉

If you are holding a conditional offer with us and you have placed us as your firm choice, you will be guaranteed a place if you meet the conditions of your offer. For more information about receiving your results, please see here.

5. Welcome Week 2021

During Welcome Week, you'll be registering for modules, familiarising yourself with university life, and meeting new friends!

Our recommended texts

The texts listed below are by no means compulsory reading and you are not required to purchase them before you begin the course. However, if you have the time to and you'd like to prepare for the course, we hope you enjoy our recommendations.

Book cover of Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics.

Doughnut Economics
Kate Raworth

Book cover of Tara Westover's Educated


Tara Westover

Please be aware that this book features extended and graphic descriptions of domestic violence.

Book cover of Essential Readings in Problem-based Learning

Essential Readings in Problem-based Learning
Edited by Andrew Elbert Walker, Heather Leary, Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver, Peggy A. Ertmer

In Defense of a Liberal Education

Fareed Zakaria

Recommended by: Dr Bryan Brazeau

"This short book provides an excellent overview of the history of Liberal Arts, the tradition of liberal education from the middle ages to present day, and how Liberal Arts is being reinvented to face the pressing challenges of the twenty-first century."

Visit the publisher's website.

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Cathy O'Neil

Recommended by: Dr Gavin Schwartz-Leeper

"This book does an amazing job of showing how uncritical use of quantitative data can actually be dangerous. These are incredibly useful tools, but we need to think critically about the stories and narratives that build up around, for example, the collection of big data and its use by artificial intelligence researchers, social media platforms, or governments. Weapons of Math Destruction highlights some of these issues in a really accessible way."

Visit the publisher's website.

The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy: Skills for a Changing World

Edited by Arran Stibbe

Recommended by: Arya, Liberal Arts student ambassador

"This is a handbook of Sustainable Literacy. I have chosen it because it takes many different approaches to sustainability and encourages the reader to consider sustainability from a variety of perspectives. It really fits well into the transdisciplinary approach. There are a wide variety of articles in this handbook and I think they are very easy to understand and follow as well as a good indicator of what to expect from the second-year coure module, Sustainability."

Visit the publisher's website.

How to Watch Television

Edited by Ethan Thompson and Jason Mittell

Recommended by: Emily, Liberal Arts student ambassador

"I think it gives a great overview of how to look at popular culture more critically - the ideas are really interesting but it's an easy read. There's one chapter on music which was of particular interest to me, but each chapter deals with different concepts and different TV series so I'm sure there'll be something in there for everyone!"

Visit the publisher's website.

The Lonely City

Olivia Liang

Recommended by: Kornelia, Liberal Arts student ambassador

"I found out about Olivia Laing through the Underworlds module when we were discussing alcoholism and addictions as personal underworlds, and it led me to exploring more of her works. The Lonely City really spoke to me as it grapples with the concept of loneliness through the eyes of four artists living in New York, including Andy Warhol. These explorations are intermixed with Laing’s own experience of loneliness in the city. I found it an enlightening read."

Visit the author's website.

After Hours

The Weeknd

Recommended by: Cymroan, Liberal Arts alumna

"Listen to the Weeknd’s After Hours album. This was not an assigned text, but I chose this for my research project for the Utopias module final assessment. I wanted to explore music as an expression of utopia (mainly escapism, and escapism as a form of utopia)."

Listen to the album on Spotify,


Two must reads for people curious about Liberal Arts

"In this 'Books for Thought' episode, Allison Trulli interviews Dr Bryan Brazeau, Associate Professor in Liberal Arts. They discuss two books in the Liberal Arts field that for sure you will want to read."

The value of a Liberal Arts education in an ever-changing world

Hear from international affairs journalist Fareed Zakaria about the value of a liberal arts education in an ever-changing world.

Reconceptualizing the Value of Liberal Arts Education

What is the current state of liberal arts education, and what is its place in society? David Banash discusses the need to reform the way we think about a liberal arts education in today’s world.


Schools of Athens: Liberal Arts and Global Challenges

Dr Bryan Brazeau offers his perspective on Liberal Arts, based on his background in classical culture during the Italian Renaissance.


Global Challenges podcast episodes

Staff and students in the School for Cross-faculty Studies delve into some of the critical global challenges facing today's world.

Getting ready for your first year

Core modules

It's a good idea to familiarise yourself with the core Liberal Arts modules you'll be studying in your first year:

Hear what our students have to say about some of the core modules

Please note, the videos above provide a personal account of our students' experiences. Elements of the modules discussed, such as assessment types, may have changed since our students studied the modules mentioned.

Professional development certificates

You might also want to take a look at the professional development certificates usually available to you in your first year:

such as assessment types, may have changed since our students studied the modules mentioned.

Work placements

We encourage you to engage with work placements from very early on in your degree. We have a dedicated Employability and Placement Manager who’ll provide you with one-to-one careers guidance. They work in collaboration with employers, so you’ll be supported in securing appropriate work placements. You’ll have access to specialist pre-placement advice, guidance and preparation, as well as on-going support during your placement.

Are we right for you?

Talk to our Director of Student Experience, Dr Gavin Schwartz-Leeper:

Via email: g dot e dot schwartz-leeper at warwick dot ac dot uk
Twitter: @gavinsl
Skype: gavinsl


Email: LiberalArts at warwick dot ac dot uk

Facebook: Warwick Liberal Arts

Twitter: @WarwickLibArts

Current blogger

"My name is Olamide Ajisafe and I am a final-year Liberal Arts student. I hope you enjoy my posts and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in contact with me!"

Visit Olamide's blog