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English and History (BA) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

English and History (BA)

English and History (BA)



  • UCAS Code
  • VQ32
  • Qualification
  • BA
  • Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)


Literature and History are vitally intertwined. Both subjects ask questions about how human experience is written and recorded – in the past and in the present – and both probe the relationship between what is real and what is represented.


On this course you’ll think about, question and blur the line between them: how history always involves modes of representation that are themselves literary, and how literature has imagined and influenced the political and social contours of history.

Taught across the Departments of History, and English and Comparative Literary Studies, this innovative degree will allow you to explore these issues from a variety of angles and through a wide range of optional modules that span time and geography: from the medieval to the contemporary, and from Britain to America and the Caribbean. As well as developing your subject knowledge, we will encourage you to develop your own ideas and arguments, to critically analyse what others say and write – and to reflect upon how the disciplines of history and literature might best speak to one another, today and in the future.

Enabling you to follow your passion in the Arts, we are awarding Scholarships of £1,000 to home/UK students who achieve AAA or above, or equivalent qualifications if you start your course in 2020 and you have applied through UCAS, adjustment or clearing.

In your first year you'll take the core module History and Textuality, which will get you thinking about how the subjects of history and literature interact. In The Making of the Modern World, you'll tackle the major concepts of modern history, such as democracy, imperialism, and revolution. And by taking either Epic into Novel or Medieval to Renaissance English Literature you'll delve into classic texts and ask questions about the forms and genres we've used to tell stories across the centuries.

In your second year you’ll get to choose from amongst the modules on offer by the English and History departments as well as taking a further core module, Writing History: Truth, Memory, and Fiction, which considers the myriad ways in which history has been written, re-written, imagined, and staged.

Finally, in your third year you will write a specific English and History dissertation, with a main supervisor in one department and a nominated contact in the other department. Then you’ll have a free choice of modules offered by – or beyond – the Departments and will have the opportunity to tailor your studies to your strengths and interests.

At Warwick you will experience a varied combination of seminars, tutorials, lectures and workshops. Some of your modules might include field trips. In your first year you lay the foundations for your future studies, and you will study modules that give you a strong grounding in the different approaches and skills central to the study of English and History.

Contact hours
Guided learning of typically eight contact hours per week. Seminars are usually an 1 hour each.

Class size
Targeted teaching with class sizes of 10 - 15 students (on average).

Assessment will usually take the form of both coursework and examination, but some of your modules might have creative options as well. Course can include essays, reports, oral presentations, and mini-projects. In your final year you will complete a dissertation based on your own research.

As a student on our English degrees, you will have the opportunity to spend your third year at one of our partner institutions in Europe, China or the USA. You will then return to Warwick to complete your fourth and final year of your degree.

You will be able to apply to transfer to the four-year course when you are in your second year at Warwick, subject to availability of places from the University's International Office.

A level: ABB to include grade A in English Literature/English Language and Literature (combined) and grade A in History. We make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances.

IB: 34 to include 6 at Higher Level in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature and 6 at Higher Level in History.

BTEC: We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside A level English Literature/English Language and Literature (combined) and A level History.

Additional requirements: 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).

  • 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.

    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 One: Core Modules
History and Textuality

In this core first-year module for students taking BA English & History, you will explore the limits of history and narrative by considering subjects that have traditionally been said to be ahistorical, such as the emotions, sensation, the “primitive,” and the non-human world. By gaining exposure to a wide range of historical and literary topics and focusing attention on the theoretical frameworks that scholars use to study these topics, you will help develop your interests and concentrate your studies within the degree.

Making of the Modern World

We live in the here and now. But what got us here? This module studies the string of major social, political, and cultural developments that established our modern world. Radical (and not so radical) ideas from the Enlightenment, the industrial revolution’s structural transformations of how we work, build and buy things, and the struggles and stumbles of imperialism, capitalism and globalisation have gone far to set terms of life in the twenty-first century. The module will also help you develop your critical voice as a historian while asking comparative questions about historical difference across the world.

Year One: Optional Core Modules
Epic into Novel

Tracking the transition from the epics of the ancient world to the novels of modernity, this module introduces you to some of the most influential and formative works of world literature. You will study central texts of the classical world, such as Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid; ancient Indian epic The Mahābhārata; Milton’s Paradise Lost; as well as novels like Henry Fielding’s bawdy comedy Tom Jones and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o’s novel of decolonising Kenya, A Grain of Wheat. Reading across history and cultures, between languages and genres, you will develop the skills to analyse narrative, character, and style.

Medieval to Renaissance English Literature

Taking you from the mythical court of King Arthur to the real world of ambition, intrigue, and danger in the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, this module introduces you to early literature written in a range of genres (romance, epic, fabliau) and poetic forms. You will study texts like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Thomas More’s Utopia, Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets to explore some of the period’s highest ideals—‘trawthe’ or integrity—as well as some of humanity’s darkest impulses: greed, deception, revenge, and desire.

Year One: Optional Modules
Epic into Novel

Tracking the transition from the epics of the ancient world to the novels of modernity, this module introduces you to some of the most influential and formative works of world literature. You will study central texts of the classical world, such as Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid; ancient Indian epic The Mahābhārata; Milton’s Paradise Lost; as well as novels like Henry Fielding’s bawdy comedy Tom Jones and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o’s novel of decolonising Kenya, A Grain of Wheat. Reading across history and cultures, between languages and genres, you will develop the skills to analyse narrative, character, and style.

Medieval to Renaissance English Literature

Taking you from the mythical court of King Arthur to the real world of ambition, intrigue, and danger in the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, this module introduces you to early literature written in a range of genres (romance, epic, fabliau) and poetic forms. You will study texts like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Thomas More’s Utopia, Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets to explore some of the period’s highest ideals—‘trawthe’ or integrity—as well as some of humanity’s darkest impulses: greed, deception, revenge, and desire.

Modes of Reading

What is a reader? How is our understanding and perception of a text formed? What does it mean to think critically when we read? This module allows you to explore these questions by putting a spotlight on the question of critical thinking in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. By studying a series of literary texts in relation to some of the most influential literary and cultural theorists of the last hundred years, you will take your own position on everything from Marxism, queer and feminist theory to ecocriticism and postcolonial critique.

Modern World Literatures

This module introduces you to the defining concerns, styles, and contexts of modern world literature from 1789 to the present. You will encounter concepts like Romanticism, modernity, gothic, and postcolonialism through novels, short stories, poetry, and drama from revolutionary France to Meiji era Japan, industrial Britain to the decolonizing Caribbean. Your reading might include Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein, Lu Xun’s story of China in transition 'Diary of a Madman', or Clarice Lispector’s haunting meditation on life in Rio de Janeiro The Hour of the Star. You may also replace this module with a language module.

A History of the United States

Charting the formation of the United States from the European settlers of the 17th century to the late 20th, you will use case studies to examine themes such as race, class, gender, society, culture and politics. The course will develop your research, interpretive and communication skills, and help you acquire the ability to construct a coherent argument, deploying evidence from primary sources and demonstrating your understanding of the value of a multi-disciplinary approach to the subject matter.

Europe in the Making 1450-1800
Latin America: Themes and Problems

Latin American specialists provide a wide-ranging overview of social, political and cultural themes in this module, from the end of the 15th century to the social movements that have shaped democratic transition. Topics including colonialism, revolutionary tradition, independence and nation-building will develop your understanding of the historical processes leading to the formation of the republics comprising present-day Latin America, and encourage your ability to assess, evaluate and communicate historical analysis and arguments fluently and coherently.

The Medieval World

This module is designed to provide a thematic introduction to European history of the later medieval and Renaissance periods. Investigating topics such as feudalism, economics, religion, culture, the family, politics and war, you will develop the necessary study, writing, communication and IT skills to critically analyse both primary and electronic sources and to formulate and test your hypotheses. By the end of this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Medieval World between c.800 and c.1500.

The Enlightenment

This multidisciplinary module will introduce you to the Enlightenment, a highly significant movement of ideas in Europe and beyond that has been seen as laying the foundations of modernity. Faculty from humanities and social sciences will explore with you its influence on science, religion, politics, economics and literature through a range of historical resources and artefacts, and its continuing and controversial impact on modern political thought.

Year Two: Core Module
Writing History: Truth, Memory, and Fiction

You will combine theoretical study and practical workshops to explore the spaces in writing where fiction and history overlap. Your analytical skills will be brought to bear on an eclectic range of primary sources to explore questions regarding the nature of truth-telling and to understand how fiction may play into the accounts of what we understand as ‘history’.

Year Two: Optional Modules

European Novel; Romantic and Victorian Poetry; Seventeenth-Century: The First Modern Age of English Literature; Literary and Cultural Theory; Composition and Creative Writing; The Practice of Poetry; Screenwriting; New Literatures in English; Devolutionary British Fiction; The Global Novel; Literature, Environment, Ecology; European Theatre; Twentieth Century US Literature; English Literature and Feminisms 1799-1899; Eighteenth Century Literature; Crime Fiction, Nation and Empire: Britain 1850-1947; Literature and Psychoanalysis; States of Damage; Restoration Drama; Early Modern Drama; Ecopoetics; The Classical Tradition in English Translation: The Renaissance; Alternative Lifeworlds Fiction; Literature and Empire: Britain and the Caribbean to c. 1900; Literature, Theory and Time; Disasters and the British Contemporary; Remaking Shakespeare; Small Press Publishing: History, Theory, Practice; American Horror Story: U.S. Gothic Cultures, 1790-Present; Race, Ethnicity, and Migration in the Americas; On the Road to Collapse; Women and Writing, 1150-1450; Austen in Theory; Epic into Novel; Medieval to Renaissance English Literature; Modes of Reading; Modern World Literatures; American Poetry: Modernity, Rupture, Violence; Ancient & Modern; George Eliot and Sociology; Literature and Revolution 1640-1660: Turning the World Upside Down; Yiddish Literature in Translation: A World Beyond Borders; Europe in the Making 1450-1800; Nation and Memory in Russia, Poland and Ukraine 1800 to the Present; The British Problem: Empire, Conflict and National Identities 1558-1714; Being Human: Human Nature from the Renaissance to Freud; The Formation of American Culture, 1876-1929; History of Russia since 1881; Britain in the Twentieth Century: A Social History; The History of Modern China; Violence in Early Modern Europe; Individual, Polis and Society: Philosophical Reflections on History; The Formation of American Culture, 1929-2000; America in Black and White? Contemporary US Race Relations in Historical Context; Go-Betweens: Crossing Borders in the Early Modern World; A Global History of Football; A Social History of Cricket; African American History and Culture; Caravans and Traders: Global Connections, 1200-1500; Galleons and Galleys: Global Connections 1500-1800; Sex and the US Military: from Cold War to “War on Terror”; Visual and Material Cultures of the Spanish Empire; War, Sex & Gender in the United States: from Civil War to WWII; History in Practice: Public History and Heritage; Race, Ethnicity and Migration in Modern Britain; Science, Technology and Society, 1400 to Present; Spanish Imperialism in North Africa, 1912-56; Connections, Communications, and Technological Change across the British Empire, 1780-1914; Globalisation and Reform: Catholicism c.1500-1648; Mapping England's Atlantic Empire; 'The Two Island Empires': Britain and Japan, 1850-1940; A History of Modern Mexico

Descriptions of these modules are available here.

Year Three: Core Module
English and History Dissertation
Year Three: Optional Modules (90 credits from the History and English departments)

Romantic and Victorian Poetry; Seventeenth-Century: The First Modern Age of English Literature; Literary and Cultural Theory; Screenwriting; New Literatures in English; Devolutionary British Fiction; The Global Novel; Literature, Environment, Ecology; Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of His Time; European Theatre; Twentieth Century US Literature; Othello; English Literature and Feminisms 1799-1899; Eighteenth Century Literature; Crime Fiction, Nation and Empire: Britain 1850-1947; Literature and Psychoanalysis; States of Damage; Restoration Drama; Early Modern Drama; Ecopoetics; The Classical Tradition in English Translation: The Renaissance; Alternative Lifeworlds Fiction; Literature and Empire: Britain and the Caribbean to c. 1900; Literature, Theory and Time; Disasters and the British Contemporary; Remaking Shakespeare; Small Press Publishing: History, Theory, Practice; American Horror Story: U.S. Gothic Cultures, 1790-Present; Race, Ethnicity, and Migration in the Americas; Advanced Screenwriting; Game Theory: Interactive and Video Game Narratives; On the Road to Collapse; Women and Writing, 1150-1450; Writing the Isles; Austen in Theory; The Question of the Animal; American Poetry: Modernity, Rupture, Violence; Ancient & Modern; George Eliot and Sociology; Literature and Revolution 1640-1660: Turning the World Upside Down; Yiddish Literature in Translation: A World Beyond Borders; Slavery and Slave Life in the American South, 1619-1865; Slavery, Memory and Memorialisation; The Drug Trade in the Americas; From the Blues to Hip Hop; Historiography I: Methods and Theories in their Historical Context, 1750-c.1990; Radicalism in the English Revolution 1640-1660; Merchants, Missionaries and Opium War: The Dynamics of Change in Late Imperial China; Stalinism in Europe 1928-1953; Treasure Fleets of the Eastern Oceans: China, India and the West 1601-1833; The French Revolution, 1774-1799; The Elizabethan Reformation; Feminism, Politics, and Social Change in Modern Britain; Sexualities, Ethnicity, Class: Reinterpreting the Holocaust; Kenya's Mau Mau Rebellion, 1952-60; Medicine, Empire and the Body, c.1750-1914; The World of the Tavern in Early Modern Europe; Britain in the 1970s: Between New Society and No Society; Conquest, Conflict and Co-existence: Crusading and the Crusader Kingdoms; Amity, Antagonism and Appeasement: Anglo-German Relations, 1871-1945; Venice in the Renaissance; Britain, the Mandates and the Modern Middle East; Empire of the Book: The Global Politics of Print, 1750–1950; Foreign Bodies, Contagious Communities: Migration in the Modern World; Arts and Society in Early Modern Europe; A History of Human Rights in Latin America; Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Europe; India and the Problem of Postcolonial Democracy: A History Of Events; Society and Politics in Southern Africa

Descriptions of these modules are available here.

Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Archant, Barclays, Bloomsbury, British Council, Civil Service, Maidstone Borough Council, Newsquest Media Group, Pan Macmillan, Royal Opera House, Sunday Times, Teach First, Tesco and Weber Shandwick.

They have pursued roles such as: advertising accounts managers and creative directors; arts officers, producers and directors; authors, writers and translators; business sales executives; journalists, newspaper and periodical editors; legal associate professionals; management consultants and business analysts; marketing associate professionals; publisher and researchers.

Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Understanding Assessment Centres
  • Careers following your English and Comparative Literary Studies Degree
  • Discovering Careers in the Creative Industries
  • Careers in Publishing and Journalism
  • Freelancing
  • Careers in the Public Sector
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year

Find out more about our Careers & Skills Services here.

UCAS code
VQ32

Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department
Department of History

Duration
3 years full-time

Start date
28 September 2020

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

This information is applicable for 2020 entry.

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.

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