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Liberal Arts and Sciences

This is the name of a degree style commonly taught in the USA (and American Schools in Europe) where students study a wide range of subjects initially and then declare a major subject part way through.

In the UK there are several universities offering a ‘Liberal Arts’ or ‘Arts & Sciences’ degree. Each university has chosen a different structure but all the courses enable students to combine a number of different subjects and study a wider breadth whilst still having a ‘major’ field of study.

Many Dutch Universities have University Colleges attached to their institution where a ‘Liberal Arts & Science’ curriculum is taught with a similar philosophy to the USA. Each college offers a different range of subjects and often has an area they specialize in.
Almost all Canadian Universities offer a Bachelor or Arts and/or a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, which gives you similar freedom in class choice and some Colleges teach a Liberal Arts Curriculum.
Typically ‘Liberal Arts’ colleges and courses have smaller class sizes and more contact time with academics. In the UK and Europe this has made them competitive and prestigious programmes to gain a place on.

Good to Know

Universities Offering Degrees within

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Campus
Institution Name
Country
Campus Style
Institution Size
Selectivity
Education Model
University of Birmingham
UK, UAE
Our campus is just outside of the city centre of Birmingham, 7 minutes from our train station.
Very Large Institution >30,000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
We are a Russell Group university which hosts outstanding teaching and learning on campus.
Carleton College
USA
Carleton College is located in the historic town of Northfield, Minnesota, known for its safety
Small Institution <5000
Highly Selective (10-25% admitted)
Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model)
Carleton University
Canada
City Island Campus
Large Institution 15,000-30,000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model), Researched Focused Institution, Teaching Focused Institution
Duke Kunshan University (DKU)
China with a semester in the United States
DKU is a new campus in Kunshan, a large city located near Shanghai and Suzhou.
Small Institution <5000
Highly Selective (10-25% admitted)
Unique, new mutli-disciplinary model that results in both a Duke (US) degree and DKU (China) degree.
Durham University
UK
Given the collegiate nature of the university, we are both in the city centre and outside of it.
Large Institution 15,000-30,000 A high volume of applications means a number of programmes can be more selective than others
Extremely Selective (<10% admitted)
Single Subject Focus (Joint degrees available), Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model), Integrated or Thematic degrees, Researched Focused Institution, Vocationally Focused Institution (multiple integrated internships)
ESCP Business School
UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland
City Campus
Medium Institution 5000-15,000
Selective (25-50% admitted) but grades are as important to us as your extra-curriculars and international experience!
Business Management School
University of Essex
UK
Suburban Campus
Large Institution 15,000-30,000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
Single Subject Focus (Joint degrees available), Researched Focused Institution, Teaching Focused Institution
University of Lancaster
UK, Germany, Ghana
UK Rural Campus 15 minutes bus ride from the City centre of Lancaster. Ghana and Germany - City Campus
Medium Institution 5000-15,000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
We are one of the few universities to offer a major/minor system for the majority of our courses. This means that students will apply for a major subject through UCAS, then upon arrival choose an additional minor subject. Students will then study both of these subjects for their first year.
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Common Degree/ Major Names

BABSc
Liberal Arts and Sciences
BA
Combined Honours
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