Liberal arts

Liberal Arts is for you if you love studying a variety of subjects, and want to maintain this breadth of knowledge at university. The flexible structure of this course allows you to choose a range of optional modules across literature, film, philosophy, history of art, history, linguistics, politics, sociology and modern languages. 

Liberal arts

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Degrees

At Essex, the Liberal Arts program integrates insights from various disciplines to uncover fresh knowledge and deepen our comprehension of the world. Throughout your degree, you'll be encouraged to embrace a broad mindset, refining your critical awareness and equipping yourself with the tools needed to make a positive impact on the world.

You take modules which cover the historical foundations of the humanities, challenge dominant worldviews, and explore innovative and subversive essays and manifestos.

Based within our School of Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies, the choice is yours: you choose your modules based on your own background and interests. You engage with unusual, controversial, and provocative ideas, so that you can use the humanities and social sciences to become critically aware and possess the tools to change the world for the better.

Why study here?
  • As our most flexible subject area, you can build your own degree as your interests develop.
  • Our wide range of optional modules means our students become versatile, highly-sought and intellectually imaginative graduates.
  • You have the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Career prospects

Studying Liberal Arts at Essex means our students become versatile, highly-sought and intellectually imaginative graduates due to our wide range of optional modules. The great thing about liberal arts is that as you progress through your studies, you'll discover what truly interests you. And the beauty of a humanities-based degree? Your opportunities to apply your skills in various industries knows no limits.

You'll have access to loads of exciting opportunities and ongoing advice and guidance in helping you carve out a future that aligns with your developing interests.

Explore the career opportunities Liberal Arts can provide.

"I had a great time at Essex from the very start, both academically and socially, and I really benefited from my experience of studying a multidisciplinary course."
Steluta Grama BA Liberal Arts

Your Masters degrees

Interdisciplinary study was a founding principle of Essex. It is built into the very fabric of our campus.

Our famous University squares are designed to encourage knowledge transfer and collaboration. We're sharing new ideas and challenging the status quo from an interdisciplinary perspective - rounding on our expertise in history, literature, politics, law and human rights, sociology, art history and philosophy.

Studying Liberal Arts as a postgraduate means you can approach issues of global importance, such as environmental sustainability, indigenous rights, digital worlds and more, with support and insight from a wide variety of subject areas.

Visit our department page to learn more about our faculty, research opportunities, and the diverse array of courses we offer that can enrich your experience at Essex.

Why we're great
  • Our flexible course structure enables you to pursue the modules best-suited to your interests.
  • You have the opportunity to participate in field trips throughout your studies.
  • We value an all-round approach and have an extraordinary range of teaching and research expertise.


We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We'll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we'll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.