What is the Bachelor of Arts (Hons)?
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) makes available to you a wide range of Humanities and Social Science subjects in a course that is comparable to Arts degrees nationally and worldwide.
Students of the course are encouraged to see the world through the study of subjects such as English Literature, Sociology, Irish and other Modern European Languages, Religious Studies, Psychology and others over a three year period, not only to develop expertise in two subjects areas but to develop a questioning and creative approach to the modern world.
The course takes an interdisciplinary approach and uniquely allows students from across all subject areas to work together in problem-solving seminars. This develops new perspectives on the subject areas as well as flexible approaches to problems and challenges. The flexibility of mind formed in Liberal Arts graduates is highly valued by employers and the BA (Honours) opens many future opportunities to graduates.
What does the course aim to do?
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) course is about the biggest of questions: Who am I? What is Truth? What is Beauty? Does God exist? How do I do good in the world around me? What should I value?
This degree raises these and other questions through a range of subjects, core subjects in third-level education since ancient times and familiar from Liberal Arts courses the world over. Central to the degree is the opportunity for students to take new, innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the student of these subjects. A distinguishing feature of this degree is the inclusion of interdisciplinary workshops throughout the programme that encourage and facilitate discussion, problem-solving and knowledge sharing.
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) invites students to develop expertise in two subject areas (one at Major level, one Minor). The development of a questioning mindset however is just as important and the degree facilitates the formation of such skills as critical and independent thinking, communication, problem-solving, and research—all skills highly valued by employers.
BA (Hons) International
Some students choose to spend an extra year at a partner university or third level college overseas before returning to complete their final year at WIT. Students who take this option graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) International.
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) is an interdisciplinary three-year programme with a specialism in one of the following majors.
- In Year 1, you can choose one major and two minors.
- In Years 2 & 3, you continue to study your chosen major and one of your chosen Minors.
- Subjects are organised into four groups (1 to 4) and you can choose a maximum of one subject from any group.
On successful completion of year one, students will maintain their Major Subject and choose one of their two Minor Subjects to study in years two and three of the programme. Students will therefore graduate with a depth of knowledge and skills in at least two fields, while having a breadth of understanding in other areas.
The programme encourages the students’ creativity, enterprise, and ethical and social awareness, as well as giving them the opportunity to demonstrate and develop leadership potential.
Whatever the Major or Minor Subjects chosen, all Bachelor of Arts (Hons) students develop core and transferable skills that are highly valued by a range of employers, such as the ability to find imaginative and creative solutions to problems, research and analyse information, independently pursue lifelong learning, communicate and team-work effectively, view ‘the bigger picture’, and develop and value leadership.
These qualities add up to graduates with adaptability and flexibility, ready to face the many and varied challenges that may arise, be it in their future careers, studies or daily lives.
Leaving Certificate 2017:
Minimum entry requirements
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Applicants intending to choose PLC French: a grade of H5 or equivalent, in Leaving Certificate French is recommended.
Applicants intending to choose PLC German: a grade H5 or equivalent, in Leaving Certificate German is recommended.
Applicants intending to choose PLC Irish: a grade of H5 or equivalent, in Leaving Certificate Irish is recommended.
For those starting a language as a beginner (ab initio), there are no special requirements.
Advanced and Equivalent Entry:
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) career opportunities
A Liberal Arts education prepares graduates for many work situations and graduates in the past have become teachers, have worked in journalism, consultancy, many different forms of professional practice, translation, politics: it is the nature of a Liberal Arts education that it prepares people for a myriad of careers. The adaptability, flexibility and mental agility of Arts graduates, as well as their strong skills in communication and problem-solving, make them very desirable employees in many professions and industries.
The BA (Hons) with Religious Studies has been accepted by the Healthcare Chaplaincy Board as an approved degree course for those wishing to apply for certification as a Catholic Healthcare Chaplain.
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) International
You can choose to spend an extra year (Year 3) in an international partner university. Students who take this option will graduate after four years with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) International. Partners include universities in the US, Canada and across Europe.
Follow on Study
Graduates can proceed to a Masters degree by Research in their chosen Major discipline at WIT or elsewhere, as well as various other taught Higher Diploma, Post-graduate Diploma and Masters programmes.
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