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Bachelor in Humanities | IE University

Bachelor in Humanities

duration4 years
languageEnglish
locationSegovia and Madrid
intakeSeptember
Mode of StudyFull-time
FormatIn-person
duration4 years
languageEnglish
locationSegovia and Madrid
intakeSeptember
Mode of StudyFull-time
FormatIn-person

A UNIQUE BACHELOR IN HUMANITIES

The study plan for the Bachelor in Humanities at IE University has been designed with academic expertise and professional experience at its core. 

Not only will you benefit from our faculty’s expert knowledge, but also from the strong links IE University has cultivated with the professional world. We strive for balance and expansion. 

The curriculum is designed in such a way that you’re always developing critical thinking and practical skills that allow you to confidently venture into new, unexplored directions.

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BACHELOR IN HUMANITIES STUDY PLAN

YEAR 1
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1ST SEMESTER
Courses
Global History I
Professors
Type
Core
ECTS
6

Courses
Philosophical Questions & Methods
Professors
Type
Core
ECTS
6

Courses
Introduction to Digital Humanities
Professors
Type
Core
ECTS
6

Courses
Research and Writing Skills
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
6

Courses
Management Tools and Principals
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
6

2ND SEMESTER
Courses
Global History II
Professors
Type
Core
ECTS
6

Courses
Rhetoric and Storytelling
Professors
Type
Core
ECTS
6

Courses
Foundations of Social Theory
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
6

Courses
Humanities (IE Impact)
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
6

Courses
Introduction to Programming
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
3

Courses
Logic and Algorithmic Thinking
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
3

YEAR 2
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1ST SEMESTER
Courses
History of Artistic Innovation I
Professors
Type
Core
ECTS
6

Courses
Ethics and Political Philosophy
Professors
Type
Core
ECTS
6

Courses
Culture and Society: Fundamentals of Anthropology
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
6

Courses
Linguistics
Professors
Type
Core
ECTS
6

Courses
Technology (IE Impact)
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
3

Courses
Creativity Lab
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
3

2ND SEMESTER
Courses
History of Artistic Innovation II
Professors
Type
Core
ECTS
6

Courses
Archaeology
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
6

Courses
Digital Imaging
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
6

Courses
Literary Texts and Critical Methods
Professors
Type
Core
ECTS
6

Courses
Entrepreneurship (IE Impact)
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
6

YEAR 3
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1ST SEMESTER
Courses
History of Ideas I
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
6

Courses
Environmental Humanities
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
3

Courses
Science, Technology and Society
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
3

Courses
Natural Language Processing
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
6

Courses
Marketing Fundamentals for the Arts and Culture
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
6

Courses
IE Challenge (IE Impact)
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
6

2ND SEMESTER
Courses
History of Ideas II
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
6

Courses
Ethics of Emerging Technologies
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
3

Courses
Digital Cultures
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
6

Courses
Cultural and Creative Industries
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
6

Courses
Cultural Law and Policy
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
3

Courses
Statistics and Data Analysis
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
6

YEAR 4
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1ST SEMESTER
Courses
Exchange/Electives/Internship
Professors
Type
Elective
ECTS
30

2ND SEMESTER
Courses
Electives
Professors
Type
Elective
ECTS
9

Courses
Advanced Research Skills
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
3

Courses
Contemporary Trends in Arts & Culture
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
3

Courses
Project Management
Professors
Type
Mandatory
ECTS
3

Courses
Final Project
Professors
Type
FP
ECTS
12

Components
Credits

BASIC COURSES
60
MANDATORY COURSES
129
ELECTIVE COURSES
39
FINAL PROJECT
12

CREDITS NEEDED TO GRADUATE
240
*This study plan is under revision and may be subject to change.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR BACHELOR IN HUMANITIES

IE Bachelor in Humanities Students at Segovia Campus

FIRST YEAR - FOUNDATIONS I (SEGOVIA)

During the first year, you will start acquiring solid foundations in the humanities. This includes exploring the principles of humanistic inquiry, learning to formulate and answer critical questions that speak to various facets of human existence; and synthesizing the complex movements of global history. You will also be introduced to some of the essential technical skills such as programming and digital humanities—practical skills that allow you to translate knowledge into action in our fluid world.

IE Bachelor in Humanities Students at Segovia Campus

SECOND YEAR – FOUNDATIONS II (SEGOVIA)

In year two, you’ll continue to master foundational knowledge and acquire essential skills. The city’s rich past makes it a natural space to undertake a deep dive into the history of art and material culture. In line with IE University’s innovative ethos, we juxtapose this with classes tackling digital skills such as algorithmic thinking and data processing. The tightly knit community in Segovia also makes it the perfect space for the IE Creativity Center—the first major opportunity to explore new avenues of humanistic expression.

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THIRD YEAR - PROFICIENCY (MADRID)

Year three is a major step in your intellectual journey as you’ll build upon the foundations established during the first two years in advanced courses. You´ll explore the intersection of philosophy and history, further your practical experience in programming with a course based on natural language processing (NLP), and dive into marketing fundamentals. The city of Madrid and its renowned arts and culture institutions will serve as your classroom. An advanced research methods course sets you on track for the final year, where you will have even more options to personalize your learning experience.

Bachelor in Humanities - Year 4

FOURTH YEAR - SPECIALIZATION (ABROAD & MADRID)

During the final year, you will have a great degree of flexibility in designing your curriculum. The ability to choose the electives that interest you most allows you to develop bespoke specializations which might not be available elsewhere. As an international institution, IE University also encourages students to make the most of the exchange opportunities on offer in order to experience different cultures and learn from the best in their fields at other universities. You’ll conclude your experience with a self-designed capstone project that will represent not only the culmination of your IE University experience, but also serve as a major stepping stone into the professional world.

The Bachelor in Humanities learning journey

Your path to career success unveiled through our engaging infographic: Explore it to discover more about the program structure!

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Bachelor in Humanities Tracks

Advanced Digital Methods and Tools

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The Advanced Digital Methods and Tools track positions you for highly demanding roles in the job market through a competitive knowledge of processing data—including big data—and creating and designing humanities-based content for digital media.

is for individuals who are…

eager to discover how we can shape the future through technology through the critical approach offered by the humanities.

looking for…

digital training and the development of an analytical mindset to drive change.

to become...

  • a natural language processing (NLP) professional working for a tech company
  • a technology ethics consultant
  • a UX researcher
  • a digital marketing and communications specialist

Arts and Cultural Management

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Studying the humanities opens your eyes to the world around you. The Arts and Cultural Management track provides you with a deep dive into cultural analysis, fundraising and project management. You’ll build the knowledge and skills to establish a successful career in the arts and culture sphere while gaining a holistic economic view of the sector.

is for individuals who are…

deeply committed to the arts and humanities, who are willing to develop themselves professionally in this economic sector by gaining expertise in its content, along with the managerial skills needed to secure a role within the industry or create their own entrepreneurial venture.

looking for…

the rigorous academic content that provides expertise in the arts and humanities, along with the cutting-edge managerial and digital tools to drive success in this sector.

to become...

  • a cultural institution manager
  • a professional in heritage tourism
  • a publishing and media professional
  • a fundraiser for arts organizations
  • a cultural entrepreneur

PARTNERSHIP WITH UNESCO

The partnership between IE University and UNESCO strives to establish a unique and enriching learning environment for students, where they can benefit from UNESCO's vast knowledge and expertise. This collaboration is built upon several areas of common interest, such as the ethics of artificial intelligence or social transformations driven by technology and innovation, and recognizes the pivotal role of the humanities in addressing pressing global challenges.

Thus, IE University and UNESCO will work together on a range of academic initiatives to foster interactive learning experiences. This collaborative effort encourages students to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts through informative sessions, talks, workshops, applied projects or mentorship. The partnership between IE University and UNESCO also extends to the design and organization of extracurricular and career-development activities, including internships, events, competitions, simulations and academic trips.

To enhance these initiatives, both institutions will strive to mobilize applied research, impact projects and other activities, alongside additional student resources related to the Bachelor in Humanities.

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immersive and transformative educational experience

In essence, the partnership between IE and UNESCO* aspires to create an immersive and transformative educational experience, where students not only acquire specialized knowledge but also develop a broader perspective to understand the intricate interplay between human values, scientific advancements, and societal impacts.

*UNESCO does not endorse any product, service, brand or company

Learning a new language can open up a world of new opportunities

IE University considers multiple language acquisition to be a key element of its educational model, leading to success in both work and study.

The Language Center at IEU is proud to offer students the possibility to study a wide range of languages, including French, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, and English. With such a large variety of options, our students are able to personalize their academic path to meet their future career plans and objectives.

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The Language Center at IEU

The Language Center helps students develop their multilingual communicative skills to help them flourish in the international labor market.

THE DUAL DEGREES OF IE UNIVERSITY

Develop a multidisciplinary profile and specialize in two distinct, yet connected fields, by combining another bachelor degree with your studies in Business Administration.

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THE DUAL DEGREE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND HUMANITIES

The Dual Degree in Business Administration and Humanities offers a unique and comprehensive educational experience that merges the analytical and critical thinking skills from the Bachelor in Humanities program with the practical business acumen from the Bachelor in Business Administration program.

APPLICABLE REGULATIONS OF THE PROGRAM

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the characteristics of humanities?

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The Bachelor in Humanities is built upon a profound understanding of human heritage. Delve into transcultural exchanges that have shaped global history, explore influential ideas that have deeply influenced our social organization and examine movements that have transformed the art world. Still, the bachelor’s degree also fearlessly looks ahead.

How useful is an humanities degree?

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It equips students with critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills that are highly sought after in a wide range of professions. Studying humanities encourages creativity, empathy, and an appreciation for different perspectives, which are crucial in fields like marketing, advertising, and the arts.

What subjects do humanities study?

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At IE University you will explore the principles of humanistic, technical skills of digital humanities, explore the diversity of ideas that humans have developed to make sense of our complex and paradoxical natures. IE University also encourages students to go on exchange, an opportunity to experience different cultures and to learn from the best in their fields at other universities.

How long is a Bachelor in Humanities?

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The duration of a Bachelor in Humanities can vary depending on the educational institution and country. Typically, it is a four-year undergraduate program. However, there may be variations in the program length, such as three years or extended programs that include internships or co-op experiences. It is advisable to check with the specific university or college offering the program for accurate information on program duration.

How hard is an humanities degree?

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Like any academic pursuit, it requires dedication, hard work, and a commitment to learning. While humanities degrees may not involve as many technical or quantitative skills as some other fields, they often demand rigorous reading, critical analysis, and extensive writing. This can be challenging for some students, especially those who may struggle with research, writing, or grappling with complex theoretical concepts.