Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts – Generally speaking, many students follow their passions and their likes; some are encouraged and influenced by future employment prospects, balanced and interwoven with their personal strengths and passions.   Numerous students follow their academic passions and undertake ‘Arts’ degrees, Diarmuid Haughian from offers some insight as to the different type of Arts degrees and potential employment sectors for Arts graduates.


Bachelor of Arts – Courses

Bachelor of ArtsClassics (Undergrad, TCD) – Trinity College Dublin describes the study of the ‘Classics’ as concerned with the language, literature history and thought of ancient Greece and Rome.  The points for 2011 for this course in 2011 was 405 and the course like many Trinity courses was fully subscribed, in fact the Classics has been taught at Trinity since its foundation over 400 years ago and it has Chairs in both Greek and Latin .  Students who enter a Classic course are extremely passionate about poetry, drama, philosophy, history, mythology, writing and languages.  Many Classics graduates choose to study post graduate courses and lead careers in journalism, teaching, translation and public relations.


Bachelor of Arts – Ancient History and Archaeology (Undergrad, TCD) – if you have an interest in the history and culture of the Greeks and Romans and their influence on the modern world this is an ideal course for you.  Trinity is the only University in Ireland that offers this course and the points reflect this uniqueness, in 2010 the points were 535 and not every student who reached this tally was offered a place.  Graduates from this course can enter employment within archaeology, heritage and museum work, art restoration, publication, teaching, and others.


Bachelor of ArtsAncient & Medieval History & Culture (Undergrad, TCD) – the focus of this course is European history and investigates the cultural and political genesis of Europe from the ancient to the medieval world.  Graduates can enter the fields of archaeology, art restoration, diplomatic corps, heritage and museum work, teaching and more.


Bachelor of ArtsClassical civilisation (Undergrad, TCD) – similar to the Classics course above, however Classical civilisation is concerned with the literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome.  Students gain a broad understanding of the classical world, primarily through its literature, knowledge of Greek or Latin is not required.  Graduates from this Art course have entered careers in librarianship, museum work, publishing, teaching and theatre.


Bachelor of Arts – Old & Middle Irish (Post Grad, NUIG) – if you hold a passion for the Irish language and literature this course is ideal, it also contains modules on Irish history and archaeology which increases the graduates employment breadth of employment prospect.   Graduates can find employment as teachers, careers in the interpretation and management of heritage and culture.


If you have decided to study an Arts degree, it is important to research and select the most appropriate course that fits your academic passion.  Researching the differences between each course can have a huge impact on your fulfilment in a course; make sure you fully research every option.


Diarmuid Haughian MA Career Guidance, MSc., BSc., QCG is the founder and MD of  He can be contacted on


Published in The Metro July 2012


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts