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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Arts (Humanities)

Bachelor of Arts (BAJH)

  • CAO CodeDC009
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2017 358
  • Duration 3 or 4 Years

Choose from a range of Arts subjects for a degree with multifaceted perspectives. You’ll examine areas central to contemporary society, including tradition, culture, theology, law, politics, communication, human-environment relations, and human behavior.

You’ll graduate with an honours degree in one of six areas, Humanities (DC009), Media Studies (DC291), Law (DC292), International Languages (DC293), and Politics (DC295); each of these is comprised of a pairing from a range of 13 subjects, described in more detail in About this Course.

You’ll have the option to take a year abroad, extending your degree to four years and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) International.

This programme will prepare you for a variety of careers and also provides a foundation for postgraduate study.

Why do this course?

  • Be part of a close-knit academic and social community
  • Diverse choice of subjects
  • Internationally recognised lecturers in their area of expertise
  • Become an independent and creative thinker
  • Opportunity to study abroad at one of our international partner institutions
  • Graduate with in-depth knowledge of your chosen subjects and a range of transferable skills

Student Voice

I picked the Bachelor of Arts programme because it meant I could study two languages at the same level. DCU was a great choice; being under the school of Fiontar meant the teaching quality was excellent and loads of facilities were available to me. I also had the opportunity to spend a year studying in France with the course which was great

Barra Ó Scannláin Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours)

About the course

Humanities (DC009)

Choose two from the following list of subjects:

Up to two permitted from EnglishGaeilgeHuman Development

Only one permitted from History | Music

Only one permitted from Geography | Theology and Religious Studies

English: You’ll engage with a wide range of literature and become familiar with the vital characteristics and contexts of drama, poetry, film and fiction.

Gaeilge/Irish: You’ll learn about Irish culture and tradition as well as developing your practical language skills.

Human Development: You’ll develop an understanding of human needs and capacities at crucial stages of the development process through your studies of Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy.

History: You’ll explore how human beings behave grounded on a close examination of how they have behaved in the past in all spheres of the world but with a particular emphasis on Ireland.

Music: You'll develop your musicality and deepen your understanding of music including classical, traditional, popular and other music styles drawing on a range of practical, analytical and critical approaches.

Geography: You’ll examine human activity, human-environment relations and physical environments at a variety of scales, from the local through to the global.

Theology and Religious Studies: You'll critically engage with the big questions about life in order to understand the historical and contemporary significance of religious faith agus contemporary ethical dilemmas.

View the current course structure →

Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.

Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.

A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.

Careers

Graduates look for work in a range of areas, including:

  • Advertising
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Journalist
  • Law
  • Policy evaluation
  • Public Relations
  • Research

Requirements

Leaving Certificate

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Gaeilge Minimum of O1 or H4 in Irish 

Music Entry to Music is subject to a pre-registration assessment in the rudiments of music (theory and aural test) to indicate suitability for the course. Dates for these tests can be viewed here.   To view a sample paper of the Music Assessment Test click here

English No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

Human Development No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

Geography No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

History No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

Theology and Religious Studies No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Gaeilge GCE A Level C or GCE AS Level B or GCSE A in Irish

Music Entry to Music is subject to a pre-registration assessment in the rudiments of music (theory and aural test) to indicate suitability for the course. Dates for these tests can be viewed here.  To view a sample paper of the Music Assessment Test click here

English No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

Human Development No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

Geography No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

History No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

Theology and Religious Studies No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

FETAC Level 5

For details of FETAC requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

Music  Entry to Music is subject to a pre-registration assessment in the  rudiments of music (theory and aural test) to indicate suitability forthe course. Date for the test can be viewed here.   To view a sample paper of the Music Assessment Test click here

   

Transfer Applications

No Entry Path

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Music Subject: Applicants wishing to take Music as a subject in the Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) must sit the Theory/Oral test on Saturday 25th March. Details will be sent to all applicants of DC009 by email so please check your emails regularly.

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU:

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Music Subject: Applicants wishing to take Music as a subject in the Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) must sit the Theory/Oral test on Saturday 25th March. Details will be sent to all applicants of DC009 by email so please check your emails regularly.

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures click here

EU Transfer Applicants

No Transfer Path

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at cao.ie
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download an application form by clicking here