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BAHistory and Literature

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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Overview

Develop your knowledge of both history and literature, and investigate the ways in which the two disciplines integrate. You take an Introduction to Literature module and The Enlightenment alongside your history modules in your first year, and continue to combine history and literature modules in your second and third years. There is a range of relevant options to choose from in both departments, and you can decide the focus of your third-year dissertation.

Within your history modules you discover both the early modern and modern periods, and explore challenging questions concerning the impact of political, social and cultural change on individuals, social groups, and regions.

As part of our creative, practice-based Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, we encourage you to form your own critical and artistic responses to texts. We offer you the chance to write your own story in response to studying Arthurian Literature; to edit never-before edited sonnets from the 16th century; and to hold history in your hands by working with our valuable collection of original books from the time of Shakespeare.

Other topics from both history and literature you can choose from include:

- Family and communal life in Victorian England
- Colonialism and the British Empire
- Renaissance Italy
- Modernist cityscapes in literature
- Writing of the US South

Our Department of History has developed a strong research and teaching profile, with most of our research rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014). We provide you with opportunities to explore local history, and have strong links with the Essex Record Office, one of the best county record offices in the UK. You can also explore more international topics; our corridors are truly cosmopolitan, with an international research team and a high proportion of international students.

Our Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies offers a varied, flexible and distinctive curriculum, focused on developing your abilities in literature, as well as film, creative writing and drama. We are ranked Top 20 in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2015), and our students are some of the happiest in the country; we are consistently ranked highly for student satisfaction in the UK. We are also ranked among the top 200 departments on the planet according to the QS World [University] Rankings [2016] for English language and literature.

Programme structure

Year 1

The Enlightenment
Literature: Origins and Transformations
Becoming a Historian
The Making of the Modern World 1776-1989 (optional)
Contemporary Texts and Contexts (optional)

Year 2

Making Histories: Concepts, Themes and Sources
History Works: Beyond Your BA
Versions of Modernity (optional)
United States Literature Since 1850 (optional)
Literature and the Condition of England (optional)
Mapping History and Heritage in Colchester (optional)

Final year

Fictions of Empire
Independent Research Project (optional)
Witch-Trials in Early Modern Europe and New England (optional)
Myth and the Creative Process (optional)
Hollywood Directors (optional)
Shakespeare: The Tragedies (optional)

Career opportunities

Many of our graduates go into subject-related fields such as teaching, museum curation and archiving, while others have gone on to do very different things, including journalism, law, politics and civil service.

A history degree prepares you for a wide range of careers. Some of our recent graduates from BA History and Literature have found employment as:

A librarian
A teacher
An international resource at Hayes Health and Social Care
An editorial assistant for Myles Kelly Publishing

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States