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Humanities are academic disciplines that study aspects of human society and culture. The humanities are more frequently contrasted with natural, and sometimes social, sciences as well as professional training.
A degree in English language and literature is designed to get you reading books, analysing theories, critiquing prose and verse, and taking a more critical look at the signs and words surrounding us every day. The aim is to get students thinking creatively and analytically about the English language.
Study media and communication and you will face the challenge of keeping pace with the latest trends, technologies and debates. Media and communication degrees aim to prepare students for work in media-related industries, and train them to critically analyse the ways in which the media reflects, represents and influences the world.
A modern language degree is not just about learning a new language – though of course attaining a high level of fluency is one of the goals. Many programs will require students to study courses which develop their understanding of past and present cultures relating to the country (or countries) in which the language of study is spoken. This learning often requires the study of literary texts, film and media, as well as learning about the historical and political contexts of a certain region.
Art degrees can largely be divided into two categories, history of art and fine art, with many further specialisations available in each field. Some universities (particularly those which are dedicated to arts and humanities courses) also offer programs combining history of art and fine arts, which may suit you if you have an equal interest in both approaches to the subject. A vast array of highly specialised arts courses, such as contemporary jewelry design or printmaking, can be found at specialist arts colleges.
Computer science is considered by many of its practitioners to be a foundational science - one which makes other knowledge and achievements possible. The study of computer science involves systematically studying methodical processes (such as algorithms) in order to aid the acquisition, representation, processing, storage, communication of, and access to information. This is done by analysing the feasibility, structure, expression and mechanisation of these processes and how they relate to this information.
A Bachelor of Science, also known as a BSc or B.S., is an ideal undergraduate degree option for individuals interested in natural science, engineering, computer science, social science, mathematics and various other fields. A Bachelor of Science degree is a requirement for many career paths. Laying the groundwork for continued higher education or a career in a science- or engineering-related field, a BSc degree is a valuable investment.
You can expect to study a range of introductory courses in your first year, covering key mathematics topics such as abstract algebra, calculus, complex numbers, differential equations, geometry, number theory, probability and statistics. You’ll then move on to more advanced study, and will need to choose from a range of elective courses.
Law degrees cover a diverse range of subjects with the aim of providing a generalised understanding of human society and its laws. Having gained a strong foundation in the main principles and concerns of law, you can then tailor your degree to suit your particular interests. This could mean choosing to specialise in a particular field of law or in a particular culture or society, or indeed branch outwards into a related field of interest such as business or politics.
A relatively young discipline, gaining popularity in the last quarter of the 20th century, sports science reflects the seriousness with which sports and fitness are approached today. This is a relatively multidisciplinary subject, drawing on fields such as physiology and biomechanics to measure what is happening in a sportsperson’s body; psychology to analyse the role of the mind in performance; nutrition to help athletes fuel their bodies correctly; and business and sports management to understand the financial and operational sides of the sports industry.