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Course Outline

Course overview

The Department of Arts and Humanities at MAHE, Dubai offers a carefully curated BA (Humanities) programme that inculcates varied critical and creative skills across three years (six semesters).


The first two years (four semesters) of the programme offer a wide range of Foundation Courses for a strong grounding in fundamental concepts. Foundation Courses are offered from the following disciplines:


·         Literature

·         Psychology

·         Philosophy

·         Sociology

·         History

·         Film Studies

·         Gender Studies.


Electives in the final year of the programme give students the option of a Major in English, Philosophy, Sociology or History. The programme culminates with a research project and the writing of a thesis on a topic of your choice, with faculty guidance.

The subject faculty includes experts in all the major humanities subjects and students will join a critical environment with frequent guest lecturers – academics, researchers, journalists and writers – from different parts of the world.

This degree provides a solid foundation for further postgraduate study or research careers.  Graduates of BA Humanities have taken up careers in the public sector, NGOs, teaching, journalism, publishing and management. 


Course Completion Criteria:


Students must earn a minimum of 120 credits for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities. This must include the final thesis (10 credits) and academic portfolio (5 credits)


Foundation Courses: Students have to complete four (4) foundation courses in each semester (semesters 1, 2, 3 and 4) in the first two years. By the end of the second year, a student is expected to complete a total of 16 foundation courses. (80 credits)


Electives: Electives are offered in the third year (semesters 5 and 6) of the programme. If the student earns 20 out of 25 credits in one of the four disciplines (English, Philosophy, History or Sociology) in the final year, he/she will be awarded a major in that discipline.