English and History BA

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom

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January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 24,081

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
The disciplines of English and History are inseparable. Major historical events affect authors, works, literary and cultural movements, even language itself, in important and complex ways, from the Norman Conquest to the Reformation, and from the Civil War to the Cold War and beyond. The English and History BA brings together these two naturally complementary subjects by grouping modules in such a way that they support and enrich one another.
  • You will explore English Literature and History from every period, and encounter a broad range of approaches and methodologies. A variety of option modules will allow you to deepen your understanding of those subjects that you find most fascinating. Our graduates leave Leicester with an unrivalled breadth of knowledge and skills.
  • This course will help you to understand how writers have been influenced by their wider contexts, how they have represented the world around them, and how to read and interpret texts in light of their history.
  • You will have access to library collections that include material that dates back to the 12th century. Our 'special collections' of manuscripts and historical books offer a direct connection with the past.
  • In your first and second year you will divide your time equally between English and History modules. You third year offers you the chance to specialise more in the area that interests you the most. You will have the opportunity to study a vast range of English and History modules from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: AAB-ABB at A-level including English (Language, Literature or combined). We prefer A-level History, though this is not essential. Two AS-levels may be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted
  • EPQ with A-levels:ABB-BBB at A-level including English (Language, Literature or combined) EPQ at grade B
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, including 6 in Higher Level English
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. To include 12 credits at Distinction in English Level 3 Modules
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with D*DD. Plus grade B in A-level English (Language, Literature or combined)
  • Other national and international qualifications considered.
  • Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed: If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

  • In Year 1, your modules will equip you with the fundamental skills for investigating English and History.

Core modules

  • Writing Matters
  • The Shock of the Modern
  • Barbarism and Civilisation: Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • Renaissance Drama: Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (double module)

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

  • Classic US Texts
  • Feminist Fiction
  • Global History: Connections and Cultures in a Changing World, 1750 to the present
  • Great Britain: The State We're In
  • US History since 1877
  • Europe 1861-1991: Emancipation and Subjugatio

Year 2

  • Year 2 allows you to explore an even greater range of literary and cultural movements alongside the historical currents and events that shaped them.

Core module

  • Perceiving the Past
  • Plus either Renaissance Literature B (double module) or Chaucer and Medieval Culture (double module)

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Religious History
  • Histories of Violence
  • Blood, Position and Power: The Nobility of Later Medieval England, 1066-1485
  • Madness, Monarchy and Politics in Georgian Britain
  • Jack-the-Ripper: Crime, Popular Culture and Policing in Victorian Times
  • Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union

Plus one of the following three options:

  • Love Wars: Gender, Writing and Society, 1660-1789 B (double module)
  • Concepts in Criticism B (double module)
  • Two from
  • Love Wars: Gender, Writing and Society, 1660-1789 A
  • Concepts in Criticism A
  • Sin and Redemption in Medieval Literature
  • If you are planning to write a History dissertation in Year 3, you will also study Becoming the Historical Researcher.

If you are planning to write an English Dissertation in Year 3, you will choose two further option modules:

  • Choose two option modules from:
  • The Latin World: Ancient, Medieval and Modern
  • Enter the Dragon: Modern Chinese History, 1839-1989
  • From Beer to Fraternity: Alcohol, Society, and Culture in North America
  • History in the Classroom
  • Heritage Field Project
  • All Bourgeois Now? Class in History
  • Gender History (double module)
  • Race and Ethnicity (double module)
  • Final Year (English dissertation)

Core module

  • Dissertation

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • The USA and the Vietnam War
  • Crime and Punishment in African American History
  • The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria
  • Disasporas and Migrations in the Modern World
  • From Empire to Nation: Modern South Asia, c. 1857-1947
  • Gender, Crime and Deviance in Eighteenth Century Britain
  • Then choose two option modules from:
  • The Imperial Economy: Britain and the Wider World, 1815-1914
  • What Difference Did the War Make? British Society and the Great War, 1900-1939
  • When Two Dragons Fight: China and Japan at War in the Twentieth Century
  • Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, c1350-1650
  • The Medieval Natural World
  • Abolitionists: Antislavery Activism in Britain and America, 1787-1865 

Plus two option modules from:

  • Literatures of Protest: Reading and Political Action
  • Modern Literature
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Autobiography and American Literature
  • Late Victorian Gothic: Texts and Contexts
  • Modern Monsters: The Other in Contemporary American Texts
  • Representing the Holocaust
  • The Thatcher Factor: The 1980s in Literature
  • Jane Austen: The Novels, their Contexts and their Adaptations
  • Tragedy
  • Writing for Laughs
  • Life and Fate: Russian Literature from Pushkin to Grossman
  • Rewriting Britain 
  • Final Year (History dissertation)

Core module

 

  • History dissertation

Option modules

  • Choose one option module from:
  • Coming of Age in America: Representing Adolescence in Fiction and Film
  • The Forms of Modern Poetry
  • Feminist Fiction
  • Writing Voices
  • Classical Worlds: Translation and Reception
  • Writing Prose Fiction
  • Clinical Encounters? Narratives of Doctors and Patients from the Victorians to the Present Day
  • Language, Power and Persuasion
  • The Living and the Dead in Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture
  • Shakespeare, Sex, and Gender

Plus one option module from:

  • Romanticism: Revolutionary Writing from Blake to Shelleya
  • Victorians: from Oliver Twist to The Picture of Dorian Gray A
  • Plus either Rewriting Britain (double module) or Postcolonial Literature
  • Finally choose one or two option modules from:
  • Literatures of Protest: Reading and Political Action
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Autobiography and American Literature
  • Late Victorian Gothic: Texts and Contexts
  • Modern Monsters: The Other in Contemporary American Texts
  • Representing the Holocaust
  • The Thatcher Factor: The 1980s in Literature
  • Jane Austen: The Novels, their Contexts and their Adaptations
  • Tragedy
  • Writing for Laughs
  • Life and Fate: Russian Literature from Pushkin to Grossman
  • Rewriting Britain
  • The Imperial Economy: Britain and the Wider World, 1815-1914
  • What Difference Did the War Make? British Society and the Great War, 1900-1939
  • When Two Dragons Fight: China and Japan at War in the Twentieth Century
  • Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, c1350-1650
  • The Medieval Natural World
  • Abolitionists: Antislavery Activism in Britain and America, 1787-1865

Year Abroad (optional)

  • If you wish, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.
  • UK and EU Students 
  • Starting in 2021 
  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. 
  • Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years 
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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