Why choose a Liberal Arts University?

The interdisciplinary Liberal Arts approach offers not just breadth but also depth of study and encourages students to make sound judgements and think independently.
A Liberal Arts education is one which encourages you to explore a wide range of subjects and programmes. It reaches across disciplines, building connections between different academic areas such as literature, science, mathematics, writing, business and psychology. Upon entry to Richmond University all students study the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum before specialising in their chosen field.

“The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts but the training of
the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks”.
Albert Einstein


What are the advantages?
Flexibility
You do not have to choose your specialisation at the point of entry. In the freshman (first) year, students typically study across a variety of subjects, prior to confirming their main area of study (major) later in the programme.
Choice
Alongside your major you can also choose to study a minor (a smaller specialisation). This allows you to diversify your degree, specialising in more than one area of study. Indeed some students elect to ‘double major’, taking two subjects as major specialisms.
Careers
Employers today often look for the right skills rather than the right major. Your Liberal Arts degree from Richmond University provides you with key transferable skills – written and verbal communication, problem solving, cultural sensitivity, and flexibility to work in a complex and dynamic environment.


How long will I have to study for?
Normally, a Richmond degree is completed over four years or eight semesters. However, the duration of your undergraduate programmes will depend on your entry qualifications. Students entering with A Levels at grade C and above or equivalent qualifications, will normally be exempt from some courses in the first year and may be able to complete the degree programme in seven semesters. Students entering with a US High School Diploma or equivalent will normally complete in four years.