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Critically engage with literature, events, and contexts from throughout history
Explore your passion for both English Literature and History as you discover new literary worlds and engage in critical debate as you analyse texts from a variety of contexts, time periods, and authors.
You will have the opportunity to critically engage with literary texts and historical contexts from the Medieval and Early Modern periods, through the Renaissance and Victorian periods, and into the present day.
Your studies will take you around the world, as you explore wars, revolutions, and the social, religious and gender issues that shape our very identities.
You will learn from experienced tutors and experts who use the latest research to underlie their teaching. This ensures that you have access to the latest debates within the study of literature, as you learn the vital communication and critical thinking skills necessary for the workplace.
On this course you will
- Study some of the most well-known names in literature such as Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde and the Brontës.
- Critically engage with historical contexts from the Renaissance period through the Present Day.
- Gain an insight into a variety of genres and styles, including contemporary women’s writing and beyond realist literature.
- Learn from our expert team of published writers and leading academics.
- Engage with contemporary issues such as climate change, race and sexuality.
- Build your degree around your interests.
Critically engage with literary texts and their historical backgrounds
In your first year, you will explore Victorian literature from the Brontës through to Oscar Wilde, as well as examine the exciting space of Modernist experimentation in the twentieth century.
You will also develop your knowledge of British, European and international history.
In year two, you will delve into past cultures, experiencing the rich literature of the Renaissance and study some of the wars, revolutions, social, religious and gender issues that shape our very identities.
You will choose to deepen your knowledge of fantasy, fairy tales or the gothic as you continue to explore the globe through world literature.
In your third year, you will select from numerous specialisms and design your own research project on a topic of your choice.
Select a year
Critical Writing: An Introduction
This module is built around the key research, reading and writing skills that are fundamental to the study of English Literature at degree level. You will start with the basic close reading techniques that you will use throughout your degree. The module then moves on to a consideration of research and library skills. You will also learn how to engage critically with secondary sources. Finally, you will learn how to plan, write, reference and proofread written work.
Teaching and Assessment
Feel the support of expert staff and researchers
Our team of experienced tutors and experts use the latest research to underlie their teaching. This ensures that you have access to the latest debates within the study of both English literature and history.
Much of our teaching takes place in small groups. Our commitment to smaller class sizes allows you to feel more confident to discuss your ideas in a supportive environment.
It also allows your tutors get to know you and how best to aid your development.
Our BA (Hons) English Literature and History course uses a range of assessments methods, including:
- Textual analysis
- Collaborative project work
- Manuscript work.
Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, allowing you to clearly see your academic progress throughout your degree.
Gain vital experience within the workplace
We encourage our students to get culturally involved and gain experience. You could pursue experience as a student blogger, with student societies, with local heritage projects or with our own vibrant research culture.
In your second year, you will have the option to take a work placement module. This allows you to work as, for example, a journalist or within a publishing environment, then to reflect critically upon the experience.
Alternatively, you could pursue opportunities linked to your history modules and will have the option to work with sector-leading museums, galleries or heritage sites.
Our prestigious partners include Arundel Castle, Emsworth Museum, the West Sussex Record Office, and the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum – the setting for the BBC One show The Repair Show.
Hear from visiting writers with regular guest events
The University boasts a blossoming writing culture and community, with regular book launches and conferences.
Some renowned authors to have visited the University in recent years include:
- Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy
- Matthew Sweeney
- Helen Dunmore
- Jo Shapcott
- Sarah Hall
- Bernardine Evaristo
- Vicki Feaver
- Sarah Hall
- Kate Mosse
- Alison MacLeod
- John McCullough.
Open up your future career options
Our English Literature and History graduates are highly-valued by employers for their strong problem solving and communication skills and often continue into a wide range of careers.
Career paths include:
- Communications and PR
- Local and national government
- MA Creative Writing
- MA English Literature
- MA Cultural History
- MRes The History of Africa and the African Diaspora
- Postgraduate Research (MPhil/PhD)