BA English and History
UCAS Code QV31
This programme links the social and political history of a period to its literary texts. In the first year, you take courses on the theories and methodologies of the two disciplines, together with a pair of linked topics (for example, ‘Shakespeare’ in English, with ‘Society and the State in Britain 1450-1720’ in History).
The individual courses are taught and assessed in a variety of ways, with a diminished use of examinations and greater use of other modes of assessment in the second and third years, in which you are encouraged to continue taking complementary courses. In the final year, you have the opportunity to research and write a substantial dissertation, either in English or History, or embracing the two.
We have organised the programme in such a way as to combine a very considerable range of choice with a strong measure of intellectual coherence, so that the whole is more than the sum of the parts: this is a genuinely interdisciplinary degree. We feel that this is the reason why it has proved so successful: students taking it have enjoyed it greatly and many have achieved extremely impressive results.