BA History and English
A Joint Honours programme in History and English offers students the opportunity to study an innovative interdisciplinary course that marries two of their favourite humanities subjects. Students will be able to shape their own degree path by selecting from a large range of topics covering both subject areas.
The Joint Honours programme is composed of two part: History and English. Students will study modules in both of these subject areas.
Students may choose from a range of focused areas including Anglo Saxon Heroic literature to Victorian narrative poetry; the bloody revenge dramas of the Renaissance to contemporary bestsellers, from the realist novels of the 19th century to contemporary poetry, postmodern novels and the latest developments on the World Wide Web. This programme combines a commitment to the large historical picture of English (from Beowulf to Tom Wolfe) with a responsiveness to new directions and concerns of the subject precipitated by developments in critical and cultural theory.
The History part of the programme provides students with an extensive range of courses and covers all interests and preferences from studies of the Crusades to Modern America, from Henry I and the Wars of the Roses, to the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and from the Holocaust to Post-War Britain. In this way the programme provides students with a thorough grounding in the skills, methodologies and practices of the discipline of History. In the first year of study you will be introduced to new areas of study through an examination of various historical case studies and exploration of the historic environment, field trips and research projects, and by investigating how the past is captured, made and communicated through visits to archives or museums or analyses of film, TV and other media.
There is a strong sense of community among students and staff, and the ratio of staff to students is such that students can have ready and easy access to all their lecturers. The small classes are always friendly and never intimidating, allowing staff to get to know their students on a first-name basis.
Typical modules include:
- The Renaissance
- Contemporary Writing
- Romantic Poetry and Prose
- Interpreting Texts
- Medieval identity
- Historicising Texts
- Archives and Museum study
- The Holocaust
- Medieval England, 1066-1450
- Medieval Europe: from Charlemagne to the Hundred Years War
- Modern America, 1776-2009
- The Cistercians
- History and theory of Genocide
- The Bomb: a nuclear history
- Introduction to Historical fieldwork
- Modern China: Rise of a Superpower
Reasons to choose this course include:
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Work placement
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme
- Training in research methods
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Local and international field trips, as well as study abroad opportunities
- Innovative teaching methods
- Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, galleries
Assessment methods for the course draw upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats, from essays (ranging from 1,500 words up to 3,500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1,000-word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis, exhibitions and displays, article reviews, to oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations. In addition to summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work, group presentations, journals, internet searches, document analysis, and bibliographic exercises.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to assist you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.
Specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:
- Heritage sector and heritage management
- Teaching and education
- Tourism and tourism management
- Volunteer work
- Tour guides
- Online publishing
- Museum and archive
- Local government archaeology
- Business and commerce
- Local government
- Media and Publishing
- Business and Commerce
- Library and Information Services
- Further Study
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page
There is an optional two-day residential for our students studying degree combinations which include Medieval Studies and/or History. It is the annual student-led Conference in Gregynog, where students can visit local historical sites of interest and attend themed guest lectures from visiting academics. This residential costs £110.
Visiting the University
For any students considering studying BA English and History at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.