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BA (Hons)English Literature with Religious Studies (Sandwich)

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Overview

Literature and religion have long been intertwined, from the devotional poetry of the Renaissance to contemporary representations of faith in a multicultural modern world. Understanding the nature of religious belief unlocks the meaning of many literary texts, which in turn have profoundly influenced the course of debate on religious issues.

On a degree in English Literature with Religious Studies, we’ll introduce you to writers who will open doors to contemporary beliefs and cultures remote from your own, and also help you explore more familiar literature in ways that challenge your preconceptions. This means you’ll study literature written in English by writers from all parts of the globe, whose voices are relevant and important in our modern world.

A core Literature module in your first year will equip you to read and interpret both traditional and contemporary literary texts critically as a scholar of English literature. Alongside this you can choose to revisit Shakespeare and consider his cultural relevance today through fictional, cinematic and TV adaptations; or to deepen your understanding of Gothic writing by tracing its origins back to the Romantic era.

In your second year you’ll focus on period-based literature from the Renaissance onwards and gain an understanding of literary history, from Elizabethan verse and drama, via Augustan poetry and the emergence of the novel in the 18th century, to the radical transformations of the Victorian age, and the emergence of modernity in the twentieth century. You’ll also have the opportunity to consider ways of reading that go beyond textual analysis or historical context, such as understanding literature through the political or ideological lens of Marxism, feminism and post-colonial theory – alternative systems for interpreting the world which have sought, in different ways, to challenge the dominant religious worldviews that held sway for so much of human history.

You’ll have the chance to specialise in your final year, tailoring your literary study to reflect your own interests. Themed options include children’s literature, young adult fiction, Renaissance tragedy, European crime fiction, literary adaptations and the culture of print in the 18th century.

Whether you’re religious or not, understanding the beliefs that guide people’s lives is crucial to navigating a globalised world, and the ways in which writers have depicted it. Studying religion helps you to explore literature from social, political and ethical perspectives. You’ll learn about the development of religious ideas and practices over time through the exploration of four major world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. This will be given a modern context through a module on religion and the contemporary world. Religious Studies seminars in your first year will explore how to investigate and discuss different beliefs and ideas and to develop your critical thinking, all within a respectful and empathetic environment.

In your second year you’ll study the philosophies of religion, while in your final year you’ll consider the intersection of religion with popular culture. You’ll be taught by academic staff who bring fresh thinking to our accessible, engaging courses. They are active researchers of international standing who bring their own passion for their discipline into the classroom.

Career opportunities

Employability is central to everything we do. Our courses equip you with transferable, intellectual and personal skills and experiences that are valued by employers in a wide range of industries. Over 96% of University of Hertfordshire students are in work or further study six months after graduating, according to the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Past students have embarked on successful careers in teaching, publishing and the media, journalism, advertising and marketing. For those interested in teaching, all Humanities graduates are guaranteed an interview with the School of Education. Many of our graduates go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields.

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