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History and Italian



Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

History and Italian is a degree which will allow you to choose a coherent combination of modules focusing on areas ranging from Italian literature, culture, and politics, to the history of the European and non-European worlds.

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History and Italian is a joint degree equally weighted between both disciplines and studied in both departments. You’ll graduate from this course as a highly qualified linguist with advanced intercultural skills, a deep understanding of key issues and developments in Italy’s past and present, and a multifaceted understanding of historical processes.

This degree combines in-depth study of Italian language and culture with a wide range of historical topics. You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.

History and Italian (50% Italian, 50% History) is a joint degree equally weighted between both disciplines and studied in both departments. You study Italian language at an appropriate level and foundational modules providing a grounding in History and in methods of critical enquiry relevant to the study of Italy in year one. Throughout your degree you will study Italian language at an appropriate level.

Your year abroad will be spent studying at an Italian university alongside Italian students and immersing yourself in Italian. After the Year Abroad, you study Italian language and choose from a wide variety of options in both departments. Optional modules range from studying early and modern history to exploring the cultural approaches to contemporary Italy. In your fourth year, along with other core and optional modules, you will also research and write a dissertation bridging the two disciplines.

We employ a variety of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars (in which the emphasis is on student participation) and written and spoken language classes. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading or watching primary texts, engaging with secondary sources, writing essays and working on your language skills.

Class sizes

Seminars approx 15; oral classes 8-10.

Contact hours

Around 10-12 hours of teaching per week.

Italian language modules are normally assessed by 100% examination. Italian cultural modules are either fully assessed by coursework or offer a choice of 50% exam/50% coursework.

The first year does not count towards degree classification. The intermediate year and final year are equally weighted.

Second or third year abroad is normally spent studying at an Italian university, working alongside Italian staff and students, improving your knowledge and understanding of the country and culture which you have chosen to study. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant (year 3 only), or to set up an independent work placement.

You will spend your year abroad doing one of three things:

1. Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school

2. Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country

3. On a work placement

The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the individual subject pages for more details.

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Entry requirements

A level: AAB to include A in History and B in a modern or classical language

IB: 36 to include 6 at Higher Level in History and 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

    • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

    • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. You must meet essential subject requirements. We welcome applications from students with other equivalent internationally recognised qualifications.
    • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
    • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
    • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

      Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference. We are considering innovative ways to broaden how we assess candidates, so you are advised to check our website prior to applying in case we have introduced any changes.

      Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Modern Italian Language 1 (at beginners, intermediate or advanced level)
  • An Italian Cultural Module (which will either be The History of Modern Italy or Introduction to Italian Culture)
  • Making of the Modern World
Intermediate Year
  • Modern Italian Language 2 or 3
Final Year
  • Modern Italian Language 4
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
  • Introducing Dante’s Hell
  • Medieval and Renaissance Short Fiction in Italy and England
  • Modern Italian Culture in Dialogue with Europe
  • Italian Cinema: Envisioning the Nation
  • Renaissance Rivalries: Power, Magic, and Language
  • Short Stories and Storytelling (17th-21st centuries)
  • Italian Women’s Writing: Voices of Protest
  • Italian Cinema: Individual Perspectives
  • A History of Africa from 1800
  • From the Revolution to the Drug War: Mexico’s Twentieth Century
  • Israel & Palestine after 1948
  • Reinterpreting the Holocaust
  • Sexualities, Ethnicity, Class
  • Medicine, Empire and the Body, c.1750-1914

For further details about our Italian Studies modules please visit the Modern Languages website. Here you will also find degree course outlines.

Our Modern Languages graduates work for organisations including:

British Council, BBC, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, PWC, Ministry of Defence, TeachFirst, United Nations, Amnesty International.

Job titles:

Digital Media Consultant, Graduate Analyst, Big Data Columnist, Marketing Executive, Research Associate, Translation Coordinator, Teacher.

Entry Requirements

A level AAB to include A in History and B in a modern or classical language

IB36 to include 6 at Higher Level in History and 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full-time, including a year abroad

Start Date

September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry. Overseas study at a partner institution in Italy.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs

The course of textbooks may vary. Students should expect to spend around £120 per year on language textbooks and core texts.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.