Arts & Humanities

Why UCD Arts & Humanities?

If you want to understand, explain and interpret the world around you, and if you are interested in evaluating evidence, in weighing up arguments and in being creative, our Arts & Humanities degrees are designed for you. Our degrees develop a deep understanding of people, societies and cultures, past and present. We challenge students to consider new perspectives and new ways of approaching problems and ideas. Our graduates are equipped with critical, transferable skills for a wide range of career options and are recognised for their achievements in the arts, business, media, education and technology.

The College of Arts and Humanities offers the widest range of Arts and Humanities programmes available in Ireland. It is a vibrant and dynamic environment and community, where creative, critical and analytical thinking are developed. Our world-class teachers and researchers attract students from more than 120 countries around the world.


BA Arts (Two Subjects) (Three Years)

BA Humanities (Four Years)

BA Modern Languages (Four Years)

DN530 – BA Humanities

The four-year BA Humanities’ innovative, interdisciplinary, multisubject programmes provide coherence and depth to student learning within a carefully structured framework. We offer both intensive training in particular disciplines and unique skill sets that are developed through bringing together subjects that speak to and relate closely to each other. Choose from our 11 BA Humanities programmes:

  • In Year 3, you will develop your academic knowledge and diversify your skills through a range of routes, depending on your course:
  • Apply for an internship across a range of sectors from arts to business to technology
  • Embark on a semester or year-long study abroad programme.
  • Undertake discipline-specific modules.

In Year 4, you may also complete an extended research project/dissertation in your chosen subject area.

DN541 – BA Modern Languages

This four-year degree is designed for students who wish to study at least two languages, choosing from French, German, Italian and Spanish. During your studies you will develop a sophisticated degree of intercultural competence, enabling you to communicate fluently in a broad range of social and professional contexts. Critically aware and open to alternative ways of thinking, successful graduates are equipped to live and work effectively in multi-cultural and multi-lingual environments.

Your First Year Experience

The Arts and Humanities undergraduate programmes are designed to help students settle into life in UCD as quickly as possible. Comprehensive advisory sessions are held at the beginning of your first year, where lecturers and advisers will help you choose the best modules for you.

During Orientation Week, our Peer Mentoring programme sees all first year Arts and Humanities students linked with relevant second or third year Arts and Humanities students. Peer Mentors will help you to get to know the ropes around UCD and answer all your questions. They offer great advice and will support as you start your college life.

Experienced lecturers and tutors work across every subject in the BA programme to bring you world-class learning in a dynamic environment. Along with our dedicated Programme Office and other support staff, they will also provide assistance throughout the year for any student who seeks advice on their pathway through UCD Arts and Humanities..

DN520 – BA Arts (2 Subjects)

This programme is taught by our world-class academics and allows you to specialize in your chosen subjects so that you can embark on a wide range of future careers, postgraduate opportunities and professional work.

Select Your Subjects

Indicate on your CAO form the two subjects you wish to study. Find out which you can combine in the grid below. Choose one subject from the first column and a second subject from the top row, from either the ‘JOINT MAJOR’ or ‘MINOR’ tables.

Click To View The Course Combination Grid

Please note that in a Joint Major degree (for example, History and English), students take an equal number of modules in both subjects. In a Major/Minor degree (for example, Music & Philosophy), students take more modules in their Major subject (e.g. Music).

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