All History and joint History BA courses are also available as four-year degrees offering the
opportunity for students to spend the third of their four years of study at a university
abroad (more information).
What makes our courses different? In the first place, we offer the
choice of four BA degrees in history as well as the opportunity to combine the
subject with other disciplines in ten joint courses.
Currently most students opt to follow the BA in History which
perhaps offers the greatest flexibility.
Many students are, however, attracted by the chance to focus on a
region - BA American History; or on specific period - BA Modern History, covering the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries; or finally on a particular approach to the discipline - BA Social and Cultural History.
In all our courses, we believe in the value of a comparative
perspective. We do, of course, often study individual countries but many modules explore a
single theme such as rebellion, revolution or crime in the context of several countries or
regions of the world. This approach allows us to deepen our understanding of why things
happened the way they did. How did family and gender relations change in different parts
of the Western world between 1700 and 1900? Why did individual Southern African states
develop in different ways during the twentieth century? What similarities were there in
popular protest in seventeenth-century Britain, France and Spain - and how may we explain
differences? A significant proportion of our modules are thematic and comparative and we
encourage students to draw on these approaches throughout their studies. We also emphasize
an integrated approach to historical study - bringing together social, political, cultural
and economic history when analysing specific countries, regions or problems.
We concentrate on the modern and early modern periods. A high
proportion of optional modules cover the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a good number
are offered on the period between 1500 and 1800, but none before then. Whichever
course you choose to follow, your studies therefore already have a defined focus.
Recognizing the importance of computer-related skills for humanities
students, we provide training that will help you with the presentation of coursework and
enable you to use electronic mail and the Internet for locating and assessing library and
A broad geographical range is also a distinctive feature of the
Department. We teach many topics in British and European history. However students also
have the opportunity to explore the history of Latin America, the USA, Russia, China and
Africa. Already in your first year, in addition to the main history module Society,
Culture and Politics in Europe 1500-1800, you may take
modules introducing you to
American, Latin American, Russian or modern European history .
We offer opportunities to study in Europe. The BA in History
and/with Modern Languages enables you to enhance your language skills and to
experience life in another European country while continuing to study history.
This is a four-year course, with your third year spent in a history department
in a university in Belgium, France, Germany or Spain, depending on the intensive language
modules which you have
followed at Essex in your first and second years.
Alternatively you may spend one year, or one term
during your third year, studying history modules at a wide range of European or
These opportunities are open to all final-year students following single or
joint honours courses (see:
Having completed a scheme students will be expected to have acquired the
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