Faculty of Arts

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

Programme Code

JS2020


Year of Entry

Year 1

Mode of Study

Full Time

Duration of Study

4 Years

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction for classroom teaching (in all forms) at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.

Fund Type

Government Funded

Class Start Date

September 2022

Annual Tuition Fees

HK$42,100 (local); HK$140,000 (non-local) (Subject to the University's annual review)

Credits Required for Graduation

128

Choices of Major Programme

For details of Major Programme assignment, please visit Faculty website at http://buarts.hkbu.edu.hk/arts334/en/content.php?page_id=22&menu_id=3

 

Programme Description

The Faculty of Arts will implement a hybrid admissions model starting from 2020 entry. Students may apply for admission to the Broad-based Programme or to a specific Major Programme. In the Broad-based programme, students will spend their first year of study exploring different arts disciplines. Towards the end of their first year, they will choose the Major they would like to study. The Broad-based Admissions programme consists of six Major programmes: (1) Chinese Language and Literature, (2) Creative and Professional Writing, (3) English Language and Literature, (4) Humanities, (5) Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, and (6) Translation.

(1) Chinese Language and Literature
The Major is committed to providing students with a thorough training in Chinese language, literature, and culture. The acquisition of knowledge and skills of basic research and training in critical thinking enable students to achieve their academic goals, personal growth, and their commitment to lifelong learning and preparation for future careers. This serves the University's common goal of "Whole Person Education", and empowers students to contribute to both the local and international communities.

(2) Creative and Professional Writing
The Creative and Professional Writing Programme of HKBU is the first UGC-funded undergraduate programme among Hong Kong tertiary institutions dedicated to creative and professional writing in both Chinese and English. 

The Major emphasises the following general aims:
- To provide students with a vigorous curriculum to develop creative and professional writing skills in Chinese and English;
- To develop students' abilities when writing professionally in different genres and contexts to enhance students' career opportunities;
- To cultivate students to produce original works of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction;
- To enhance students' cultural literacy which would act as a solid basis for their creative and professional writing;
- To build up their knowledge for self-directed and life-long learning in the world of professional writing and publishing.

(3) English Language and Literature
This Major offers excellent opportunities for students to develop their disciplinary knowledge in English language and literature with a cross-cultural perspective; written and verbal communication skills; critical thinking skills and appreciation of creative writing; leadership skills and teamwork techniques; awareness or international values, including overseas study and/or work experience.

(4) Humanities
The first and unique undergraduate programme in Hong Kong to offering a broad liberal arts education, the Humanities programme dedicated itself to training students to think critically and creatively, to write logically and speak confidently, to sympathise 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.

(5) Religion, Philosophy and Ethics
This interdisciplinary programme provides an excellent opportunity to study major world religions, philosophical traditions, and ethical schools of thought in a systematic and critical way. Students will develop an ability to correlate religious ideas and values, as well as philosophical and ethical thought with both a personal quest for meaning in life and the reflection of contemporary socio-cultural issues, such as life and death, gender equality and social justice. Students will better understand more about the human person and human culture through a comparative and interdisciplinary study of different religious and philosophical traditions, showing the vast range of human responses to various life problems, such as life and death, meaning of life, and social justice from ancient times to the contemporary world.

(6) Translation
The Translation Programme aims to "educate bilingual and bicultural communicators for professional translation and language careers". Teachers of the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies share with students their expertise in academic research, their experience of frontline fieldwork in interlingual and intercultural communication, and their pedagogic vision. Students are thus prepared to meet the cultural, socio-political and economic needs of the local community, as well as those of a rapidly developing China. The Programme provides a strong mix of both academic intellectual training and professionally- oriented practice. It offers a range of specialist options such as Computer-Aided Translation, Spanish-Chinese Translation, Literary Translation, Media Translation, Legal Translation, Scientific-Technological Translation, and different forms of Interpreting.

Unique Features

Only Faculty of Arts offers Double Major Programmes in Hong Kong Baptist University. Student may choose to take a Double Major Programme which consists of two Majors in one Bachelor's degree. Student can choose any two Majors from (1) Chinese Language and Literature, (2) English Language and Literature and (3) Religion, Philosophy and Ethics or Double Major in Translation and English Language and Literature.

Student Learning Experiences

Student can join the internship programmes and exchange programmes organised by the University. 

Apart from University's programmes, some of our Departments offer Major-orientated Internship to their students, such as Creative and Professional Writing Programme offers writing internship to their Major's students, and Religion, Philosophy and Ethics Programme offers summer internship in NGOs.

In addition to the internship and exchange programmes, some of our Departments will organise study tours to broaden students' horizons. For example, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics Programme organised study tours to Europe and Dunhuang-Xinjiang, and Humanities Programme has organised summer study tours to Germany and Taiwan, etc.

Career Opportunities

Administration, education, publishing, media, public relations, marketing, social service, culture and the arts, etc.

For students who intended to take Chinese Language and Literature, Creative and Professional Writing*, Humanities*, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics* or Translation Majors, they are expected to have a Chinese language qualification as deemed acceptable by the University. Special arrangements will be made for international students without Chinese language qualification (only applicable for programmes marked with “*”).

For applicants holding international qualifications but wish to apply for admission to such Majors, they may fulfill the Chinese Language requirement with the following Chinese qualifications:

Chinese qualifications
Proficiency Tests Minimum Requirements
GCE A/ AS Level Chinese Grade E
GCSE/ IGCSE/ GCE O-Level Chinese/ Chinese Language Grade C/ Grade 4
HKDSE Applied Learning Chinese Attained
Others Other Chinese language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University