This exciting and challenging interdisciplinary degree offers flexibility, with intellectual depth and intellectual diversity.
You choose a 'major' in a modern Language, examples include French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. This strand of the course gives you intellectual depth.
You also take a bundle of modules from three out of seven broadly defined Topic areas: Literature and the Visual Arts; Society and Politics; Theatre and Performance, Theatre and Music; the Digital World; Living Histories and Heritage; Learning a Language; and Ethics, Science and Religion. This strand of the course enables you to follow your interests across a wide range of subject areas, and teaches you skills of cross-disciplinary inquiry.
The BA Liberal Arts also provides extended opportunities for engagement with external partners such as businesses, museums and charities. It is a fantastic opportunity to combine intellectual rigour with wide-ranging skills of the kind that employers prize.
The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections- valuable assets for your independent research. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.
Our fully equipped Language Centre, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). You can use our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which features specialised computing facilities for translation studies, and Interpreter Training Suites offering you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.
In your first year you'll spend a third of your time being introduced to the key concepts, approaches and methods of your 'major', which you can choose from a broad range of modern languages. In addition, you choose optional modules from three of seven broadly defined topic areas, and you take a core module on the Liberal Arts approach that gives you a training in the skills of cross-disciplinary enquiry and teaches you how to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
Read more about Liberal Arts topics
You'll build on this foundation in the following year, when half of the modules you study are in your major subject. You'll then choose modules from two of the seven topic strands, usually related to your earlier choices, and you'll undertake a research placement which includes the option of working with external organisations.
The critical, analytical and research skills you acquire during the degree will be highly developed by the final year. You'll showcase them when you undertake an independent research project, using your interdisciplinary skills to explore a question of your choice. You'll also take a module in your chosen topic, and give half of your time to your major.
You will spend your third year abroad, in a country where the language for your major is spoken. You will gain first-hand experience of life in another culture.
After the fourth year, you can choose to spend another year at Leeds to complete the Integrated MA in Liberal Arts, combining an independent project with advanced study in your major and one topic area.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Follow the link to the Programme Catalogue to see examples of modules you could study.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAA excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
A Liberal Arts degree is varied and challenging. It equips you with impressively broad subject knowledge as well as transferable skills that are valued by all kinds of employers. Through your programme, you have the option to work with partners external to the University, so you can make connections between your studies and the world beyond the classroom.
You'll be an excellent communicator who can present and defend your views clearly, and you'll be comfortable working independently or as a team. You'll also have strong research skills and highly developed skills of analysis and interpretation.
All of these qualities are attractive to employers, and our graduates have gone on to succeed in areas such as politics, management, the civil service, journalism, the media, education and the charity sector. Many have also pursued postgraduate study.
We do everything we can to support your career ambitions. Our students particularly benefit from our 'directors' teas' - small seminars which give you the chance to meet and learn from entrepreneurs in the world of business, charities or elsewhere in the third sector.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
You'll spend your third year abroad, in a country where the language of your major is spoken.
Depending on the language you choose, you may spend the full year study at one of our partner universities worldwide. In some languages, you may have the option to do this or to undertake a work placement, or work as an English language assistant at a school.
Find out more about Residence Abroad in your language