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BAHistory and Literature (4 Years Including Foundation Year)

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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On our four-year BA History and Literature (including foundation year), we work with you to improve your language skills, to develop your subject-specific knowledge, and to improve your academic skills. You receive a thorough grounding in these areas during your foundation year (known as Year Zero) to prepare you for a further three years of undergraduate study at Essex.

You are an Essex student from day one, a member of our global community based at the most internationally diverse campus university in the UK.

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 0

Political and Social Theory From Plato to the Present Day
An Introduction to the History of the United Kingdom During the Twentieth Century
Major Writers in English Literature
Academic Skills
Western Philosophy: Fundamental Questions, Major Thinkers

Year 1

The Enlightenment
Literature: Origins and Transformations
The Making of the Modern World 1776-1989 (optional)
Society, Culture and Politics in Europe 1500-1750 (optional)
From Disunity to Unity? An Introduction to the History of Europe in the 20th Century (optional)
Introduction to US History (optional)

Year 2

Making Histories: Concepts, Themes and Sources
Revolutionary Encounters: China and the World, 1780-1930 (optional)
Terror, Murder and Bloodshed: The Civilization of Renaissance Italy, C. 1400 – C. 1527 (optional)
Early Modern Literature (optional)
United States Literature Since 1850 (optional)
Understanding Employability: Preparing for Your Future (optional)

Final year

Fictions of Empire
China: The Long Twentieth Century (optional)
The Common People: British Social History 1830-1950 (optional)
From Stalin to Putin (optional)
“There is a Continent Outside My Window” : United States and Caribbean Literatures in Dialogue (optional)
Independent Research Project (optional)

Career opportunities

You therefore graduate prepared for a wide range of careers. Our graduates are currently employed in teaching, librarianship, museum and archive services, the Civil Service, local government, law enforcement, charity administration, banking, law, industrial and retail management, media research, electronic publishing, marketing, IT, health service administration, counselling, social work, and many other fields.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of organisations including:

Sage Publications
Royal College of Physicians Library
UK Anti-Doping

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