What is Liberal Arts at Warwick?
A Liberal Arts education is based on the idea of learning knowledge worthy of a free, active, and engaged global citizen. Liberal Arts has continually been reinvented to prepare future leaders for the world's most pressing challenges and concerns.
At Warwick, we've reimagined what a Liberal Arts education means for the twenty-first century by focusing on problems, not disciplines. During your time here, you'll be asking the questions that matter. Through Problem-Based Learning, you'll engage with a wide range of theories and methodologies to address your own intellectual and practical questions. You'll work to address complex problems from a variety of perspectives, including the social, political, scientific and historic. At Warwick, you'll focus on what matters to you.
Designed by you
Your programme is tailored to you. You'll bring your interests to your core modules, shaping our discussions and guiding your assessments. As you become more practised with your research and critical thinking skills, you'll bring those abilities to a specific area of interest: your pathway. Your pathway can take you into a traditional subject area, or it can focus on a problem of your choosing. You won't be limited to a single academic discipline. For more information on pathways, visit our Degree Overview page.
Supported by us
You're given space to build your degree, but you aren't left alone. We know that a tight-knit, personal and intellectual community is key to your success. You'll have a dedicated department to help you, with expert staff dedicated to helping you build a toolkit you'll draw on for the rest of your life.
What would it be like to see the world from new perspectives? Our committed teaching staff will help you make this happen. You'll join a community where your thinking is built into our teaching and learning. We'll work with you as co-creators to ensure your education is relevant and meaningful to you.
Our tutors are not only experts in a range of subject areas, but they are also experts in research-led teaching and learning; they publish and lecture regularly on the teaching methods used here at Warwick. We're a university with a world-class reputation for research, attracting teachers who are among the very best in their respective fields. Our teachers are innovating, setting the agenda for others to follow.
Connecting you to others
Our staff and students come from a diverse range of international backgrounds. You'll acquire a global perspective, collaborating with students and academics from top overseas universities to explore new areas of research and learning. We have connections with institutions in over 40 different countries, including reserved places for Liberal Arts students to study at top partner institutions during an optional year abroad.
We are a leading research university, ranked 62nd in the world and are the fourth most targeted university nationally by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers in 2018-19.** Source: QS World University Rankings 2020, and The Graduate Market in 2019, High Fliers Research Ltd respectively
*Source: Times Higher Education (THE) Europe Teaching Rankings 2019.
Warwick has been ranked 8th in Europe Teaching Rankings.
Did you know?
We have been awarded an Erasmus+ grant for research on liberal arts education in the UK and across Europe.
We have also secured a grant from the European Consortium of Liberal Arts and Sciences (ECOLAS) to undertake a piece of research on supporting student learning and the development of strong graduate attributes on Liberal Arts courses.