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Studying an Arts degree at UCD gives you access to a world-renowned community of more than 200 world-class academics, researchers and 29 different subject areas. This is the broadest range of arts and humanities subjects available in Ireland. For students who know and love subjects such as English, History or European Languages, world-class academics lead classes that will inspire and surprise.  For people wishing to explore new areas, subjects like History & Politics, Classics or Creative Writing show you new ways of thinking.

Across all our programmes, UCD Arts and Humanities students gain in-depth subject knowledge combined with vital skills in creativity, analysis, and communication.  We offer all students the opportunity to develop their career ambitions through a suite of employability modules and career training initiatives. We actively empower our students to find, and, own their future. Our graduates work at senior roles across diverse sectors, including, Media , Journalism, Arts  Culture, Government, Advocacy, Marketing and Business. 

UCD offers 3 ways to study for a Bachelor of Arts (BA):

  • BA Humanities is a 4-year innovative degree that offers 13 defined courses. Your learning will be empowered with unique internship, research and study abroad opportunities.
  • BA Joint Honours (BAU5) is UCD's long established 3-year degree. Students choose from a diverse portfolio of 25 different subjects with the option to add a study abroad year.
  • BA Modern Languages (BAU4) is a 4-year intensive language degree for students who wish to develop expertise in multilingual environments and cultures with a built-in study abroad year.

Find out more about our subjects, programmes and careers in the 2022 UCD College of Arts Undergraduate Brochure.

Internationally recognised as a top-quality degree from a world-class university taught by academics at the top of their field

The path chosen by so many of today's leaders in business, administration, the arts and the media at home and abroad

Obtain important life and employment skills such as critical thinking and analysis and learn how to be adaptable and flexible in a changing business world

Opens doors to a huge array of careers including media and publishing, education, heritage management, community development, business, international trade and diplomacy and government

Valued by employers at home and abroad for the quality of its graduates

Great subject choice and opportunities to tailor-make your degree

Develop lifelong interests in your subject areas and be inspired by internationally recognised academics.
The following courses are available in this area:

BA Humanities

  • Classics Art History & Archaeology CAS1
  • Classics English & History CAS2
  • Creative & Cultural Industries CCS2
  • English, Drama & Film ENS7
  • English with Creative Writing ENS6
  • English Literature ENS5
  • European Studies HSS6
  • Global Studies HSS5
  • History & Politics HPS1
  • History HSS3
  • Irish Studies - ISS1
  • Languages Linguistics & Cultures AYS1
  • Music, Drama & Film MCS4

BA Arts (Joint Honours) - BAU5

  • Archaeology 
  • Art History
  • Celtic Civilisation
  • Classics (Greek & Roman Civilisation, Latin and Greek)
  • Drama Studies
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Information & Communication Studies
  • Irish/Gaeilge
  • Irish Folklore
  • Irish Studies
  • Italian
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics

BA Modern Languages - BAU4

  • BAU4 Modern Languages
UCD is building an environment that will support researchers across a broad spectrum of disciplines and that encourages collaborative research. Several research institutes and centres have been established to provide state-of-the-art resources and a critical mass of academics, including
  • Applied Language Centre
  • Mícheál Ó' Cléirigh Institute for the Study of Irish History and Culture
  • The Clinton Institute for American Studies
  • Humanities Institute of Ireland
  • UCD John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies
  • The Irish Institute for Chinese Studies
  • Accomplished alumni of UCD Arts and Humanities include:

    • Maeve Binchy, Author
    • John Bruton, Former Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland)
    • Hazel Chu, Lord Mayor of Dublin and Green Party Councillor
    • John A Costello, Former Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland)
    • Sile de Valera, Harvard Research Fellow
    • Dr Garret Fitzgerald, Former Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland)
    • Dr Patrick Honohan, Former Governor, Central Bank of Ireland
    • Neil Jordan, Film-maker
    • James Joyce, Author
    • Claire Loftus, Director of Public Prosecutions
    • John McMenamin, Supreme Court Judge
    • Denis O'Brien, Entrepreneur
    • Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, Former President of Ireland
    • Nuala O'Faolain, Author
    • Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman
    • Fintan O'Toole, Columnist/Writer
    • Dalton Philips, CEO Dublin Airport Authority
    • Ryan Tubridy, Broadcaster