Why Study Liberal Arts?
As someone who changed their future plans a million times during the course of my school career, I’ve been through many open days and scoured many university websites trying to find the perfect course for me. Some people know what they want to do from a young age, or figure it out early on in secondary school so they can get the most work experience and be the best candidate for the course… that wasn’t me. I had absolutely no clear idea of what I wanted to do, all I knew was that I wanted to enjoy it. At school, I was always better at the humanities side of things rather than the sciences. I pursued the idea of studying medicine for a couple of years, then switched to languages, as I was already very good at Spanish. I kept my options open with my A-Levels, taking Art, Spanish and Biology.
I found Liberal Arts at Warwick by chance; I was visiting the uni on an open day to listen about another course, and happened to see that they offered a Liberal Arts degree as well. Having had some unsuccessful Liberal Arts open days at other universities, I decided it wouldn’t hurt to go to a talk and taster session at Warwick. This ended up being a pivotal moment for me, not only did I decide I didn’t like the course I originally booked to listen about, I decided that Liberal Arts at Warwick was the course I wanted to do.
The interdisciplinary foundations of the course mean that you get to choose from a broad range of interests. The breadth of the course, however, doesn’t undermine its depth, and it gives you the opportunity to explore what you’re really interested in. There is an option of a Specialist Pathway for those who are set on what they want to do, but would also like the additional Liberal Arts modules to add something extra to their degree. There is also the option of an Open Pathway for those, like me, who enjoy a bit of everything and haven’t quite decided what they’re interested in. The Open Pathway is really flexible and gives you room to breathe because it doesn’t constrain you to just one subject (nothing in Liberal Arts does, for that matter!). My Pathway Title is Sustainability and Culture, but there was no pressure to come up with this as soon as I started the degree, I had time to think and decide what to call my combination of modules. Through Liberal Arts I’ve been able to study subjects which I hadn’t studied before, as well as those I had. During my time at Warwick, I’ve found the things which really interest me, and I’ve been able to do this mainly because of the freedom we are given in Liberal Arts assessments. I went from being a very mediocre essay writer, to having 97% of my assessments being coursework because I’m able to pursue my own interests through my modules. Liberal Arts is taught through Problem Based Learning (PBL), so everything we learn is relatable to the “real world”, it’s not all boring theory that makes you wonder why you’re learning it, you can use anything in class and apply it to any aspect of life. I’ve written essays about Levi’s Jeans and Masculinity, the commodification of zombies in Western cinema, why clothes aren’t superficial… I could go on, but those are just some of my favourites.
So, if you’re not sure what you want to study – come join Liberal Arts! Everyone who knows me knows I’ve been nothing but positive about my course (I don’t know anyone on another degree who talks about how much they love their department and course as much as I do…) Whether you have a vague idea of what you’re interested in, or no idea at all, Liberal Arts offers a wide range of modules and opportunities for you to find your niche (and trust me, you will).