UndergraduateEnglish and History

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This programme is subject to validation*

  • An integrated programme that combines two aligned disciplines
  • Learn about history’s place in literature, and literature’s role in history
  • Be taught by leading experts at the forefront of their field
  • Opportunity to take a study trip abroad
  • Our vibrant and diverse curriculum covers traditional subjects such as Shakespeare and Charles Dickens, as well as contemporary ones such as gender, multiculturalism, environmentalism and digital technologies.
  • We’re partners with a major literary festival and have numerous internship opportunities for students.

Summary

Benefit from how English Literature and History complement one another as disciplines providing you with an enhanced understanding of both. This degree has been designed with the two subjects in mind, creating an integrated and coherent programme that weaves the two areas of study together.

You’ll expand your knowledge of both disciplines, and develop your understanding of the relationship between literature, politics, history and culture. You’ll take specialised modules, such as ‘Literature and History’ and ‘Writing the Nation’, focusing specifically on the important relationship between English Literature and History. You’ll also choose modules from across both subjects, allowing you to tailor your degree to your interests.

You’ll learn about critical and theoretical approaches to texts and explore different genres and literary periods, as well as different types of history including social and economic, political, cultural, local, and women’s history. You will delve into specific periods of history, including the medieval and English Renaissance, the Enlightenment and Victorian periods, modern British and European history, and 20th century American history. You will study a range of topics, including constructions of gender and sexuality, the history of childhood and children’s literature, political tyranny and genocide, diaspora and multiculturalism.  

You’ll be taught by world-class researchers and writers, and be able to meet renowned authors at extra lectures and masterclasses, which have previously included our Chancellor, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Kazuo Ishiguro, Anthony Horowitz and Emma Donoghue.

Develop a range of skills you’ll need in the workplace, including clarity of expression in written work and oral presentation, research skills, and in the use of archives and digital media. You will be supported to realise your potential through individual tutorials, small group work seminars and lectures.

First Year

You will develop your core reading and writing skills, and be introduced to a variety of theoretical approaches through the module, ‘Discovering Literature’, in which you will read major works of English literature as well as newer literary plays, poetry and narratives. In ‘The Historian’s Craft’, you will learn how to find primary and secondary source materials and to use them effectively to construct an argument about the past. You will also learn about key concepts and categories in historical study, such as class, gender, race, periodization, and space, and the types of evidence used to study them. London will be a major focus for study in this first year, from both a literary and historical perspective, with trips to London museums and sites of interest built into the modules. 

Second Year

In the second year, you will develop your core knowledge through the module ‘Historical Controversies’. This offers students an opportunity to engage critically with how historians actually ‘do’ history, and identifies and analyses some of the most important developments in historical research. You will take the module ‘Literature and History’ which explores in detail the kinds of tension that might arise between these two disciplines, with a particular focus on historical fiction. You will also be able to choose from a range of period-based and topic-based modules, and have the opportunity to take a module as a study trip (usually to Paris or Berlin).

Third Year

In the final year, you will be able to choose optional modules covering a range of literary and historical periods across the English Literature and History programmes. You will also take ‘Writing the Nation’, which explores the ways in which literature has served the construction of national identity. The year culminates with your Dissertation, which will be based primarily in English or History, and will showcase the writing, analytical and research skills you have gained from the course and will allow you to develop your own area of research interest.

You will graduate equipped to succeed in a wide range of careers, including journalism, publishing, marketing, teaching, broadcasting, law, the charity sector, cultural heritage and arts managment.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

*What is validation and periodic review?

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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