Faculty of Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Humanities

Programme Code


Year of Entry

Year 3

Mode of Study

Full Time

Duration of Study

4 Years

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.

Fund Type

Government Funded

Class Start Date

September 2020

Annual Tuition Fees

HK$42,100 (local); HK$140,000 (non-local)

Credits Required for Graduation


Founded as the first and unique undergraduate programme in Hong Kong to offering a broad liberal arts education, HUM re-dedicated itself to training students to think critically and creatively, to write logically and speak confidently, to sympathize with humanity, and to appreciate life.  

Our teaching staff profile includes renowned scholars and emerging young ones.  Our programme continues to be distinguished by the three pillars of interdisciplinarity, bilingual teaching and learning, and cross-culturalism.   Based on these unique strengths, our programme is marked by three Cs:

  • “Creative”: student of Humanities will develop and defend the freedom of mind
  • “Cultural”: they will learn both classical and contemporary cultures
  • “Critical”: they will appreciate diverse perspectives


Concentrations Offered

  • Group A: Theory and Culture
  • Group B: Media Studies
  • Group C: Arts and Creativity


Unique Features

  • Introduce students to the interdisciplinary Humanities studies, involving multiple approaches to the diverse subjects studied within the Humanities: cultural studies, gender studies, ethnic studies, literature, language, history , philosophy, film and fine arts;
  • Prepare students for graduate study in the Humanities and related fields,
  • Examine the traditional and contemporary culture of China, Asia, the West , and the world through the study of selected Humanities texts:
  • Prepare   students   entering   the   work    force   with   the   reasoning,   expressive.  and interpersonal skills that will allow them to contribute to their professions; and  
  • Emphasis the intellectual skills of independent thought and judgment, creative and critical thinking, self-awareness, and commitment.


Student Learning Experiences

The Humanities Programme provides students with opportunities to study abroad in order to expand their educational and cultural horizons. Previously, our Summer Study Tour visited Germany, Taiwan and China.

Every year, many students spend one semester or a year in overseas universities, and they invariably come back with unforgettable experiences as well as a newly-gained sense of confidence. They may go to a wide variety of places for exchange, such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Norway, Estonia, Finland, Denmark, France, Sweden and the USA.


Career Opportunities

Graduates take up careers in the fields of education, business, management, public relations, media, publishing, creative industries and the civil service.



Students may have the option of taking an integrated programme by extending their undergraduate study by one year, leading to the award of a bachelor's degree in that Major plus a Diploma in Education.

^ Subject to annual review and the University's approval.

We adopt a holistic approach in selecting applicants on individual merits. Applicants are required to meet the University entrance requirements, English Language requirements and Programme entrance requirements (if any).


Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma Students/ Holders

AD/ HD holders or final year students may apply for Year 1 or Year 3 entry.


Transfer Students

Transfer students are current students of recognised local/ overseas institutions who are enrolled in a full-time or sandwich government-funded or self-financed degree programme.

Applicants who have completed at least one year of study of a 3-year degree programme or two years of study of a 4-year degree programme may apply for Year 3 entry.

Inter-institutional transfer of students is considered on a case-by-case basis.


Degree Holders

Holders of Bachelor’s/ Master’s/ Doctoral Degree or students studying in the final year of a degree programme may apply for Year 3 entry.

Applicants applying to the programme are expected to have a Chinese language qualification as deemed acceptable by the University.

For applicants holding international qualifications, they may fulfill the Chinese Language requirement with the following Chinese qualifications:

Chinese qualifications

Proficiency Test

Minimum Scores

GCE A/ AS Level Chinese

Grade E

GCSE/ IGCSE/ GCE O-Level Chinese

Grade C/ Grade 4

HKDSE Applied Learning Chinese



Other Chinese Language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University

Applications from students without Chinese language qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.