What is liberal studies ?
A liberal arts education trains students for future challenges by enabling them to think critically, creatively and empathetically about the world and themselves that is not narrowly rooted in a single disciplinary narrative. The COVID-19 pandemic made it amply clear the interconnected nature of our worlds, our disciplines and the subsequent production of knowledge. For instance, A scientific advancement in the making of vaccines must be accompanied by adequate knowledge and awareness of the political economy of states, the mechanics of public administration, and the organising principles of society, amongst others. This implies that we need to train young minds to appreciate and understand that developments in the natural world have social implications that require us to move beyond the theoretical boundaries of disciplines and, instead, require us to synthesise approaches and practices from other disciplines as well.
The most pressing issues of our time— artificial intelligence, climate change, cybersecurity, the shrinking of public health and education, social inequality, the challenge to democratic institutions—cannot be addressed by any single discipline alone and need a holistic approach, in terms of our thought and practice. This is precisely where a liberal studies education equips students with disciplinary training as well as a rigorous interdisciplinary foundation that spans across the natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. This exchange of systems of knowledge would empower the next generation of new concepts and methods. This emphasis on depth and breadth prepares graduates to think creatively and critically about real-world problems from multiple perspectives, and learn how to adapt and communicate their ideas effectively to diverse audiences.
BA (HONS) IN LIBERAL ARTS
We offer a four-year B.A. (Hons) degree with a third-year exit option. In our programme, students are expected to take charge of their own academic path, working with the support of faculty mentors to choose a major that makes sense for their professional, personal, and civic goals. Successful applicants will be able to choose from any of the majors we offer, and students will not be required to declare their major until the middle of the second year. Currently, the majors on offer are Economics, Psychology and Sociology.
During their first three semesters, students will complete the required foundational courses while exploring their intellectual interests through electives. The second and third years will be devoted to major and minor coursework, while fourth and final year will focus on individual research, internships, and vocational training. Keeping faithful to our idea of interdisciplinarity and rigour, all SoLS students, regardless of their chosen major, will have the option of pursuing electives from BMU’s Schools of Engineering and Technology, Management, and Law.
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BA (HONS) IN LIBERAL ARTS PROGRAM STRUCTURE
- Intensive first-year writing curriculum with one-to-one faculty coaching
- Opportunities to explore diverse career paths through interdisciplinary foundation courses and a wide range of electives in arts and humanities, social sciences, STEM, Law, and Business
- Single Major or Double Major in Economics, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, History, Literature or Philosophy
- Optional Minors in all the Majors offered
- Ability to take courses in each of BMU’s professional schools