Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

If you love reading and interrogating literature, and are also interested in the historical context of its creation, BA English and History is a course that will help you combine these passions.

**Why study BA English and History at Goldsmiths?**

- You’ll look at how texts represented and defined the attitudes of their time, and how they challenged or shocked the readers of the past. You’ll learn to respect the power of the written word, and understand its potential for both positive and negative impacts.

- The best way to understand any words on a page is to understand the culture and society in which they were written. By studying both the texts themselves, and the history behind them, you’ll go beyond the boundaries of the text; understanding what you read as part of a wider discourse.

- You’ll be able to choose a range of modules from both English and History. In the final year, you’ll bring the two disciplines together with a dissertation that interrogates the literature we’ve studied and uses it to answer a historical question that has piqued your interest.

- Our optional History at Work module gives you the chance to learn about working as a historian.

- You’ll gain important skills including the ability to analyse and evaluate texts, spot biases, write summaries and draw evidence-based conclusions. The course is particularly useful for any career that involves analysing or processing large amounts of information.

Course Modules

At Level 4 you'll be introduced to essential concepts in literary study, encouraged to read a wide range of works covering the major literary genres, and become aware of changing views of the past, and theories of history. You'll choose between learning about cultural history, intellectual history, modern political history or religion, peace and conflict.

Level 5 consists of an interdisciplinary studies module or modules, plus a combination of English and history modules. For instance, (for English) you might want to: examine the literature and ideas of the 16th and 17th centuries; investigate how the concept of the American nation state was produced in 19th-century literature; make a literary and cultural analysis of Shakespeare’s or Chaucer’s work; and (for History): examine the medieval crusades or gender relations in the past; look into the cultural history of Buddhist Asia; or investigate the recent history of a range of European countries.

Your interdisciplinary studies at Level 6 are directed towards a written project, and you continue to deepen your knowledge by balancing your selection of English and History modules with those you took at Level 5.

Options currently available include: taking a creative writing option; exploring the close relationship between literature and film in the 20th century; investigating gender and culture in medieval Europe; considering contemporary moral problems; or studying aspects of African or South Asian history.

The Departments also offer each year a small number of single-term ‘option’ modules which can be combined in pairs to form the equivalent of full-year modules. You can also apply to take a ‘related study’ – an approved module from another department which is relevant to your overall module profile.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Start Date:

21/09/2020

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) Other Fees
Short Course
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) Other Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)6.5With a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0