Bachelor of Arts (MI002)
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The Bachelor of Arts is a four-year, full-time, honours degree (Level 8). At MIC the programme is flexible and wide-ranging. Students study four different major subjects in First Year and focus on two of these in Second Year, which they will then continue to study to degree level as joint honours. You can study a combination of subjects from familiar Arts subjects such as English, French, German or History, to newer subjects such as Drama & Theatre Studies, Media & Communication Studies or Psychology. In Third Year, you will have opportunities to work, to travel, and to study abroad as part of the Off-Campus Programme.
Why Study the Bachelor of Arts at MIC?
You will study on this programme because:
- You want to choose from a wide range of subjects at an institution where you can benefit from real-world work experience and can live and study in another country
- You want to engage with fresh ideas
- You wish to communicate your own ideas effectively and persuasively
- You want to engage critically and analytically with the world around you
- You want to develop skills that will enhance your career and, in the broadest sense, your contribution to society
You can choose from a set of 13 subjects taught at Mary Immaculate College and if you wish, you can choose one of your subjects from a choice of six from the University of Limerick. These are: Economics, Politics & International Relations, Public Administration & Leadership, Sociology, Spanish or Linguistics with TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
In Year 3, students have the opportunity to spend the year off-campus working in a relevant placement in Ireland or further afield and/or studying abroad in Europe, USA or Australia.
With an MIC Bachelor of Arts degree, you will be a sought-after graduate with a range of knowledge and transferable skills. The list below demonstrates just some of the sectors that our graduates find employment in. Whether you want to pursue further study or just be a highly employable person, the Bachelor of Arts is an excellent choice:
- Academic Administration
- Arts Bodies
- Public Service
- Civil Service
- Film Industry
- Social Services
- Financial Services
- International and EU Organisations
- Television & Radio
- Linguistic & Translation Work
- Marketing & Public Relations
- Urban Planning
- Overseas Aid Work
- Professional Administration/Management
- Banking and Commerce
- Regional and Local Community Development
- Drama & Theatre Studies
- English Language & Literature
- French Studies
- German Studies
- Mathematics & Computer Studies
- Media & Communication Studies
- Theology & Religious Studies
- Economics *‡
- Linguistics *
- Politics & International Relations *‡
- Public Administration & Leadership *‡
- Sociology *
- Spanish *
* UL subjects
‡ Subject offered in first year only
In Year 3, you will participate in an off-campus programme. This typically consists of a study abroad placement in Europe, Australia or the USA and/or work placements in a wide variety of settings, in Ireland or abroad. International placements are highly valued and encouraged for the added cultural and linguistic benefits they confer. The off-campus programme provides students with a unique opportunity to discover the world and experience working environments which may also provide future employment for graduates.
While all BA students are encouraged to spend at least one semester in another country, students of French, German and Spanish are required to complete at least one semester in an environment where the relevant language(s) is/are spoken.
This provides an opportunity to experience and understand other cultures, and, in the case of placements in continental Europe, to improve foreign language skills. Students are encouraged to make full use of the consequent opportunities for further travel, fostering adaptability and a global outlook to enable them to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world of work.
Note: Students of Psychology undertake their off-campus placement in the autumn semester only and take modules in the spring semester.
Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships
MIC will offer for competition, on the basis of results in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination, 15 First Year Undergraduate Entrant Scholarships, to entrants on the Bachelor of Arts programme, valued at €2,000 each. Further information available here.