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What will I learn?

Founded in 1990, the Humanities Programme at HKBU is unique, being the first undergraduate programme in Hong Kong dedicated to providing a broad liberal arts education. Apart from training students to think critically, write logically and speak confidently, the Humanities Programme also nurtures students' ability to solve problems, to sympathize with humanity and to appreciate life, qualities which are indeed essential for a successful career as well as a full meaningful life.

Considering the Hong Kong contexts in the 21st century, the Humanities Programme consists of three distinct characteristics:

Interdisciplinarity. All the Humanities core courses draw on diverse disciplines. These include art criticism, language, literature, history, cultural studies, philosophy, and media studies.

Bilingual Teaching and Learning. Students will read, write and speak in Chinese as well as English, developing their skills in both languages. By doing so, students will be able to respond to Hong Kong's specific linguistic environment, as well as engaging in more global context.

Cross-culturalism. Our courses examine issues of cultures, values, diversity, difference and cosmopolitanism.

Aims of the Humanities Programme

  • Providing a rigorous and relevant curriculum that develops students' language proficiency
  • Equipping students with reasoning and analytical skills
  • Enhancing students' ability to present lucid arguments and make independent judgments
  • Encouraging students to reflect on social and cultural issues from an Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective
  • Stimulating students' initiative in independent learning
  • Producing graduates of distinction committed to lifelong learning
  • Creating an open environment which facilitates and encourages vigorous academic discussion between teachers and students

Ideals of the Humanities Programme:

  • empathy for human beings and their struggles
  • a willingness to collaborate with others
  • adaptability so that one can change with a changing world
  • an ability to integrate diverse thoughts and points of view
  • commitment to one's values
  • creative thinking and an independent mind

Service-learning and Career Mentoring Activities

The Humanities Programme has good communication with its advisory committee, alumni and alumni association. The Programme seeks opportunities to enrich students’ learning by facilitating service learning and career mentoring activities. We also actively look for chances of cooperation with other units in HKBU to provide an Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural learning environment for our students.

Career Prospects

Our graduates have developed their ability to think creatively, make judgments critically and communicate ideas effectively. They are also sensitive to social and cultural issues while possessing the sensibility to appreciate the arts. Our graduates perform outstandingly in a variety of fields such as publishing, media, culture and the arts, public relations, business marketing and education.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$140,000.00 (14,16,287) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Hong Kong Baptist University

Kowloon Tong,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a combined score of 1,650 in SAT Test (minimum score of 550 in each of Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing). After 2005, and a sub-score on essay writing of no less than 8; or an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 23; and Grade 3 in at least two Advanced Placement (AP) subjects; or a score of 500 or better in each of two or more subjects in SAT Subject Tests. Students following Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) in community colleges must hold: US High School Graduation Diploma; and successful completion of IGETC with Grade C or above in each of the subjects. English Language Requirements : TOEFL- Internet-based test (iBT) - Score: 79; or Paper-based test (PBT) - Score: 550; IELTS Academic: Overall Band: 6.0. Grade C or above in GCE O-Level/ GCSE/ IGCSE English; or Grade E or above in GCE AS Level or AL Level English; Grade E or above in HKALE Use of English (AS Use of English); IB - Grade 4 in: IB English A (Higher or Standard Level); or IB English B (Higher Level); or IB English Literature and Performance (Standard Level) or Grade 5 in: IB English B (Standard Level).

For international students

Applicants who apply for admission with overseas qualifications are expected to have received 12-year pre-university education with appropriate school-leaving qualifications. Students from other countries should have qualifications equivalent to Hong Kong.

The following public examination results are recognised as meeting the English Language requirements stipulated by the University:

  • TOEFL: Internet-based test (iBT) - Score: 79; or Paper-based test (PBT) - Score: 550
  • IELTS Academic: Overall Band 6.0
  • IGCSE First Language English: Grade C/ Grade 4
  • IGCSE English as a Second Language: Grade B/ Grade 5
  • IB: Grade 4 in: IB English A (Higher or Standard Level); or IB English B (Higher Level); or IB English Literature and Performance (Standard Level) OR Grade 5 in: IB English B (Standard Level)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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