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History and Italian (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study History and Italian at Warwick?

  • Half of your teaching will be provided by the Italian Department (part of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures) and half will be with the Department of History.
  • The disciplinary range and geographical scope of our teaching is extensive. Our expertise covers Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and North America, Britain, continental Europe, and Asia.
  • We are consistently ranked by national league tables as one of the best History departments in the UK. We have a strong international reputation and were ranked 15th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16.
  • Warwick’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises excellent academic specialisms (French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies) and the Language Centre (whose offerings also include Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Portuguese), leading to a powerful combination of languages, research interests and degree courses.
  • The constituent academic subjects have consistently ranked among the very best in the UK in national and international league tables and are well known for their excellent scores in terms of student satisfaction.
  • You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:
    – the University Language Centre, where there are opportunities to take extra language courses in addition to your main course of study (additional fees apply);
    – the Transnational Resources Centre (TRC), giving you exclusive access to over 3,000 DVDs in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese plus multimedia facilities, satellite television with integrated off-air recording facilities, video-editing software (with technical support), and DVD projection equipment.

Dr Sarah Hodges


Sophie Potter

4th year undergraduate

Why study at Warwick

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

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 second year will be spent studying at an Italian university alongside Italian students and immersing yourself in Italian culture. 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.

For module information please visit the History and Italian website.

How will I be taught?

You will have around 12 hours of contact time per week. We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures, often to the whole year group; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written, spoken and lab-based language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on your language skills.

How will I be assessed?

We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and
examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

You will normally spend either the second or third year of your course abroad. We offer placements at carefully chosen partner institutions through the University’s study abroad scheme or through independent partnerships. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language
assistant, or to set up an independent work placement.

Entry Requirements

A level AAB, including A in History and B in any modern or classical language

International Baccalaureate 36 point including 6 in Higher Level History and 5 in any modern or classical language

Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must demonstrate required language skills.

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies at A or AS level. Critical Thinking only accepted at AS level.

Further Information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

Interviews Applicants may be invited to interview at the discretion of the Department (usually where non-standard qualifications are involved).

Departmental Offer Holder Days Offers to applicants will include an invitation to a selection of Departmental Open Days, which are held in the spring term.

Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules could I study?

We offer a wide variety of modules exploring Italian language, culture, society and history, as well as History.

More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website and Department of History website.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Recent Warwick language graduate destinations include:

Assistant Producer, France 24 TV; German market, American Express; Fraud Investigator, Apple; Translator, The Lonely Planet; Assistant to the Governor of the Banca Italia, International Marketing Assistant, Next plc; International Graduate, HSBC Private Bank.

Recent Warwick History graduate destinations include:

Researcher (politics), Aequitas; Risk Consultant, KPMG; Global Investment Banking Analyst, UBS; Broadcast Assistant, BBC; Communications Intern, Teach Africa.







* NB. Applicants for Single Honours History do not need to indicate a preference for one of the two streams on offer. The choice of stream is made when students arrive at Warwick.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAB, including A in History and B in a modern or classical language

IB: 36 points, including 6 at Higher Level History and 5 at Higher Level in any any modern or classical language.


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad

Department website

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Department of History

Student blogs

Daniel Williams - Italian and French

Juliette Bone - French with Italian

Claudia Lussana - Hispanic Studies and Italian

Bronwyn Edmonds - History

Jamie Jenkins - History

Phoebe Singer - History

Matt Woodrow - History

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.