Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts will prepare you to be innovative and creative in a wide range of careers. It will teach you to think critically and analytically, to communicate your ideas, become an informed citizen of the world, and prepare you for a wide range of challenging career opportunities.

Through the areas of emphasis within this degree, you will have the opportunity to study English literature, British history, religion, the performing arts, and the ancient languages of Greek and Hebrew. Take advantage of the unique opportunity to study literature where it was inspired and written, to experience history where events actually happened, and to study the Bible in the languages it was written in.

At Newbold you will gain the understanding, awareness and abilities to face real global issues and to effectively communicate creative and innovative solutions in a multicultural, Christian context.

DURATION
Three or four years, full-time

STUDY MODES
Full-time, part-time

INTAKE
Autumn Semester (September),
Spring Semester (January)

TOTAL PROGRAMME CREDITS
93 US credits*

PROGRAMME LEADER
Dr Sandra Rigby-Barrett

CONFERRED BY
Washington University (USA)

*Students who undertake the four-year programme will complete 124 US credits.

WHY STUDY LIBERAL ARTS AT NEWBOLD?

In addition to the high quality teaching and education our liberal arts degree will give you the chance to:

  • Add value to your degree at Newbold by taking external exams in the Performing Arts area, such as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) Certificate, and music certificates from the Royal Schools of Music and the London Colleges of Music.
  • Learn practical skills that will prepare you for your career and/or postgraduate study.
  • Take advantage of our small class sizes which gives you the opportunity for more one-on-one time with lecturers and tutors, and plenty of individual attention when it comes to assessment and questions.
  • Learn outside the classroom as you take part in educational excursions which allow you to study and gain experience and knowledge outside of the classroom.
  • Gain a global perspective from our culturally diverse staff and from your fellow students, who represent around 50 different nationalities.
  • Benefit from the experience of our staff who are experts in the fields of English Literature, British History, music and ancient languages.
  • Utilise our academic facilities, from our well-stocked library with its efficient electronic resource service, to the Ellen G. White Research Centre, the first of its kind outside the United States.
  • Study a programme whose credits are transferable and recognised internationally, allowing you control over your future.
  • Take advantage of the range of scholarships available such as those from the Trans-European Division (TED) and the British Union Conference (BUC).

WHAT WILL YOU STUDY

The beauty of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts is the ability to be able to choose modules and areas of emphases that both interest you and what will aid you in your personal and professional development. To fulfil the requirements of this programme, you will complete 124 credits across either 3 or 4 academic years, composed of the following three requirements:

1) Major Emphases – 42 credits

  • 24 credits from two of the areas of emphases:
    • English Literature (12 credits)
    • British History (12 credits)
    • Performing Arts (12 credits)
    • Religious Studies (12 credits)
    • Ancient Languages (12 credits)
  • 6 credits from research modules
    • Senior Seminar (IDSC480) – 3 credits
    • Research Seminar (IDSC490) – 3 credits
  • 12 credits from elective modules
    • Elective modules are modules you chose from the other three areas of emphases  

2) General Elective – 14-46 credits

  • The number of General Elective credits that you will take will depend on the number of General Education credits that you will take
  • Elective modules are modules you chose from those areas of emphases which are not part of your Major

3) General Education – 36-68 credits

  • The number of General Education credits that you will take will depend on the number of General Electives credits that you will take as well as your entry requirements
  • Up to 32 credits of General Education credits might be covered by students whose basis of admission is A-levels,or equivalent, (Advanced standing Package)

Example breakdown of credits for an individual who is planning on completing the programme in 3 years

  • 42 credits – Major Emphasis
  • 29 credits – General Education credits transferred in from 3 A-levels (Advanced standing Package)
  • 7 credits – General Education credits earned at Newbold
  • 46 credits – General Electives

This totals 124 credits, which would allow someone to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts.

Intake: If you are planning on completing the programme in 4 years, you will begin at this stage. See ‘Entry Requirements’ for more information.

If you are enrolled in the four year degree programme, your first year will serve as a foundation year in which you will take a very broad set of lower division modules (defined by 100 and 200 level codes). During this year, you will develop your reading, writing, research and communications skills so that you will be fully equipped to undertake undergraduate studies. In so doing, you will gain a broad knowledge base in areas such as English literature and composition, history, fine arts, algebra, religion, science and health principles.

Intake: If you are planning on completing the programme in 3 years, you will begin at this stage. See ‘Entry Requirements’ for more information.

In year one, you will start to undertake work on your chosen areas of emphasis. You may also choose to study further general education and general electives, if applicable. It is best to select 200 level classes for this year of study, where possible.

In year two, you will continue to progress through the more advanced modules within your areas of emphasis, choosing those at the 300 level where possible. It is possible that there may be some general education and elective classes still to complete during this year.

During your final year, you will complete any remaining 300 and 400 level modules from your areas of emphasis. During your final semester you will also undertake the two research modules:

  • Senior Seminar (IDSC480) – 3 credits
  • Research Seminar (IDSC490) – 3 credits

The two research modules will give you the to ability to choose a topic, or combination of topics, drawn from either one or both of your emphasis areas, to demonstrate research skills resulting in extended essay writing. These final modules will form the pinnacle of the undergraduate degree and demonstrate independent extensive research skills supported by an assigned supervisor (or supervisors if two areas of emphasis are undertaken).

English Literature

This area of emphasis will give you an overview of English literature – from the works of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens through to TS Eliot Virginia Woolf, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. Educational trips to the reconstructed Globe Theatre, Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of Jane Austen in Chawton, of Virginia Woolf in Sussex  and to the famous eating houses and homes of Tolkien and Lewis in Oxford will help you to develop a comprehensive understanding of these authors and their works.

Outcomes

  • Engage critically with set texts and build coherent arguments supported by detailed reference to the texts
  • Comprehend conceptual structures and engage in literary analysis and critical assessment of secondary sources
  • Formulate critical responses to film and documentary viewing
  • Develop critical thinking
  • Evaluate the position of an author’s oeuvre within contexts of literary, religious and cultural histories

Modules

To complete this Major Emphasis, you will choose 12 credits from the following modules:

  • Studies in Literature: Text on Film and Location I (ENGL225A) – 3 credits
  • Studies in Literature: Text on Film and Location II (ENGL225B) – 3 credits
  • English Literature in Context I (ENGL478A) – 3 credits
  • English Literature in Context II (ENGL478B) – 3 credits
  • Literary Topics: CS Lewis, Literature and the Religious Life (ENGL425H) – 3 credits
  • Literary Topics: Shakespeare Drama Workshop (ENGL425I) – 3 credits

This emphasis also fulfills three credits of the General Education requirement.

British History

This area of emphasis will give you an overview of the Tudor and Stuart period, tracing the English Reformation from Henry VIII through to the English Civil War and the 1688 Restoration. You will also explore historical events from Imperial Britain and King George I through to Elizabeth II. Topics include the Industrial Revolution, social reforms, the ‘crisis of faith’, and World Wars I and II.

Outcomes

  • Evaluate conflicting historical interpretations and comprehend and contextualise historical features, sites and activities
  • Explore select, arrange, analyse and apply historical information relevant to set questions
  • Gain a multi-layered insight into human experience by encountering historical features and perspectives on location, supporting own ideas with careful evidence

Modules

To complete this Major Emphasis, you will choose 12 credits from the following modules:

  • Reformation to Revolution (HIST437F) – 3 credits
  • Empire to Entropy (HIST437G) – 3 credits
  • British History in Context I (HIST378A) – 3 credits
  • British History in Context II (HIST378B) – 3 credits
  • Anglo-Saxon Britain (HIST345) – 3 credits
  • Adventist Heritage (HIST404) – 3 credits

This emphasis also fulfills three to six credits of the General Education requirement.

Performing Arts

This area of emphasis gives you the opportunity to study musical and dramatic performance as well as the chance to experience renowned concerts and performances in London’s world famous musical and theatrical venues. The emphasis is designed to develop your music and drama skills and your ability to deliver musical and dramatic performances.

Outcomes

  • Exhibit a knowledge and awareness of the major developments in music and art genres from the Medieval world until the 21st century
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of performance practice in a variety of musical styles in recital performances
  • Develop different dramatic and musical rehearsal techniques to create convincing and meaningful performances
  • Show an understanding of creative text production and analysis
  • Show a comprehension of the western tonal system and musical theory

Modules

To complete this Major Emphasis, you will choose 12 credits from the following modules:

  • Music Theory I: Intro to Harmony (MUCT141) – 3 credits
  • Ear Training Lab (MUCT151) – 1 credit
  • Applied Music (MUPF364) – 2 credits
  • Applied Music (MUPF464) – 2 credits
  • Junior Recital (MUPF397) – 1 credit
  • Senior Recital (MUPF497) – 1-2 credits
  • Introduction to Fine Arts I (IDSC205) – 3 credits
  • Introduction to Fine Arts II (IDSC206) – 3 credits
  • Literary Topics: Shakespeare Drama Workshop (ENGL425I) – 3 credits
  • College Choir (MUPF135) – 1 credit, may be repeated

This emphasis also fulfills three credits of the General Education requirement.

Religion

This area of emphasis is appropriate for those intending to use the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal arts as a pre-professional degree, or who may wish to pursue a career in, for example, religious education. It is not intended for those who wish to enter the ministry or for those seeking a pathway to the Master of Arts in Theology. It will give you the opportunity to deal with philosophical ideas and their history and biblical teachings.

Outcomes

  • Show a fundamental knowledge of the world of the Bible and an historical understanding of the Biblical books, their literary nature and basic biblical interpretation
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of moral theories and principles of specific ethical issues within the biblical tradition
  • Exhibit an awareness of the major developments in western philosophy from Socrates to the present day and understand their contribution to religious thought
  • Exhibit an understanding of Old Testament narrative and law as well as primary biblical text and competing biblical interpretations
  • Analyse biblical texts in their social and historical contexts and utilize contemporary philosophical scholarship

Modules

To complete this Major Emphasis, you will choose 12 credits from the following modules:

  • Foundations in Biblical Studies (RELG360C) – 3 credits
  • History of Western Thought (RELG360H) – 3 credits
  • Religion and Ethics in Modern Society (RELT340) – 3 credits
  • Studies in Daniel and Revelation (RELB406) – 3 credits
  • Law and Writings (RELB216) – 3 credits
  • Prophet Writings of the Old Testament (RELB274) – 3 credits

This emphasis also fulfills six credits of the General Education requirement.

Ancient Languages

This area of emphasis is ideal for those who are interested in being able to read the Bible in the original languages; Hebrew for the Old Testament and Greek for the New Testament. By completing this area of emphasis you will reach an intermediate level of Greek and will obtain a sound working knowledge of Hebrew. Additionally these language classes fulfill the General Education language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts  in Liberal Arts.

Outcomes

  • Demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of the core grammar, syntax and vocabulary of two biblical languages
  • Summarise, represent and interpret a range of biblical texts and their subsequent articulations by interpreters in different historical periods and contexts
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the similarities and differences between concept patterns of one or more biblical languages
  • Read biblical texts demonstrating sound awareness of aspects such as genre, content, context, perspective, purpose, meaning and the effect of translation if the text is not written in the original language

Modules

To complete this Major Emphasis, you will choose 12 credits from the following modules:, bearing in mind that some modules may have prerequisites (for example BIBL211 is a prerequisite for BIBL212):

  • Greek I (BIBL211) – 3 credits
  • Greek II (BIBL212) – 3 credits
  • Greek III (BIBL313) – 3 credits
  • Hebrew I (BIBL341) – 3 credits
  • Hebrew II (BIBL342) – 3 credits

General Education modules

The following is a list of all of the General Education modules that you can choose from:

  • English Composition I (ENGL115) – 3 credits
  • English Composition II (ENGL215) – 3 credits
  • Communication Skills (COMM104) – 3 credits
  • College Algebra (MATH165) – 3 credits
  • Cultural Anthropology plus a Behavioural Science module (ANTH200) – 3-6 credits
  • Health Principles (HLED110) – 3 credits
  • Mission and Volunteerism (RELG360G) – 3 credits
  • Physical Education I (PEAC121) – 0 credits
  • Physical Education II (PEAC122) – 0 credits
  • Natural Science – 8 credits
  • Modern Foreign Language or Greek – 4-12 credits
  • Introduction to Fine Arts I, may be fulfilled in Major Emphasis (IDSC205) – 3 credits
  • Introduction to Fine Arts II, may be fulfilled in Major Emphasis (IDSC206) – 3 credits
  • English Literature credits (3-0) [may be fulfilled in Major Emphasis]
  • History credits, may be fulfilled in Major Emphasis – up to 6 credits
  • Religion credits, may be fulfilled in the Major Emphasis – up to 12 credits
  • Computer Competency Test – 0 credits

TEACHING STAFF

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You may need to meet different entry requirements depending on where you are from and what your academic background is. This may also determine whether you are eligible to complete the programme in three years, or four.

You can find out more about the three and four-year versions of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, and the specific entry requirements, below.

THREE YEAR PROGRAMME

To apply to complete this programme in three years, you will need:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C (including Maths and English), or equivalent
  • 2 A-levels, or equivalent
  • To be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the academic year

If English is not your native language you will also need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of English to study at this level, or to have taken one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (mandatory for visa students) – Minimum average of 6.0 overall, with no subtest below 6.0
  • Cambridge First Certificate (CEF) – Minimum grade C

FOUR YEAR PROGRAMME

To apply to complete this programme in three years, you will need:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C (including Maths and English), or equivalent
  • To be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the academic year

If English is not your native language you will also need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of English to study at this level, or to have taken one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (mandatory for visa students) – Minimum average of 6.0 overall, with no subtest below 6.0
  • Cambridge First Certificate (CEF) – Minimum grade C

FEES

Newbold’s fee structure is competitive, especially compared with universities in the United Kingdom and with Adventist higher education providers in the United States. 

Find out more about our tuition fees and use our cost calculator to estimate what your study plan might cost.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

This degree will equip you with advanced writing and presentation skills, and the ability to research, process and analyse information. You will also gain experience in coordinating and accomplishing projects.

This programme will give you many opportunities to explore Christian perspectives in relation to world-views and to cultivate your personal values. It will help you develop important skills such as critical self-awareness, broad sympathies, analytical skills and an ability to approach problems imaginatively from a number of angles.

The programme will give you the opportunity to:

  • Build competence in selected scholarly disciplines, and cognitive and affective intellectual abilities, drawing upon the critical and analytical techniques associated with and derived from the Humanities discipline.
  • Benefit from the different perspectives and varying methodologies gained by studying multiple disciplines.
  • Develop transferable skills that will influence your employment outcomes.
  • Prepare yourself for postgraduate study.
  • Grow in awareness of, and sensitivity to, the human condition and the changing relationships of individuals to their historical and cultural contexts.
  • Recognise and develop your personal views and explore Christian perspectives in relation to other worldviews.

The programme reflects on the role of Christianity in human culture; encourages an awareness of the spiritual nature of humanity and a commitment to a personal faith of whatever kind; and provides Adventists and other Christians an opportunity to explore different disciplines and develop critical thinking in an academic setting that challenges (and forces them to challenge) aspects of their world-view while being broadly in sympathy with it.

There is no formal placement requirement in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, however students are strongly encouraged to gain as much relevant experience as possible in their area of emphasis. Examples of such work experience may be available for the music and media emphases to be involved in church services by participating in music led and media activities.

The particular combination of multidisciplinary and transferable skills that you will have gained as a Liberal Arts graduate are important in a wide range of employment sectors, including education, journalism, communications and the arts. The flexible, adaptable and collaborative skills that you will have gained as a graduate will be attractive to employers.

You can expect this pattern of study to prepare you for a wide range of careers and future study options in areas such as arts management, education, media, public relations, advertising and the not-for-profit sector, and administration.

Newbold graduates of similar programmes have found employment in a wide range of occupations from editing to law, politics to business, public relations to teaching, and from aid work to development.

You may also choose to take one of a number of postgraduate pathways, in vocational programmes, single discipline study or further multidisciplinary work. The diversity and strength of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts is that there is a range of postgraduate Liberal Arts programmes offered by other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), in some cases even where they do not have parallel undergraduate provision.

ACCREDITATION AND AFFILIATIONS

Newbold is accredited by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities, is accredited within the UK higher education sector by the British Accreditation Council for Further and Higher Education, and receives educational oversight from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts is offered through Andrews University (US).

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