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Career in Arts & Humanities

Artist John Sloan said, “Though a living cannot be made at art, art makes life worth living.” It is this fact which has driven millions of students to get arts and humanities degrees, focussing their attention on painting, literature or history.




Though arts and humanities degrees may not offer as clear cut a career path as sciences, the wide ranging and transferable skills gained have equipped many graduates with more than enough to succeed in the professional world. Read our guides to find out what getting an arts and humanities degree entails, and to where it could lead.

Fields of Study in the Arts & Humanities

With that broad definition, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that there is a huge variety of degrees available in the Arts and Humanities. A few examples of the major areas of study include:

  • Archaeology

  • Comparative religion

  • History

  • Literature, languages and writing

  • Media and communications studies

  • Performing arts

  • Philosophy

  • Visual and studio art

This list covers a lot of ground, and it’s just the beginning; the Arts and Humanities also include specializations like ethnomusicology, classical civilization, and Middle Eastern studies.

Although BA courses are offered by colleges under various streams such as Design, Hospitality, Mass Communication etc, but here we will be talking about only pure Humanities courses wherein a BA degree is offered. Aspirants can pursue a BA course under various specializations.

Full form of BA is Bachelor of Arts. BA is an undergraduate course that is usually of three years duration. Candidates can pursue a BA course right after their Class 12. As part of a BA course aspirants need to study five compulsory subjects along with few elective subjects. These subjects vary depending on the discipline selected by candidates.

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