5 Reasons You Should do History at Warwick
The UK is blessed with so many great places to go and study the greatest subject – history.
With so many options to choose from, how do you decide where to go?
I’m going to give you the top five reasons I chose Warwick and I think you should too!
Variety: The department boasts a huge range of different areas and interests. I have enjoyed broadening my range of knowledge by exploring histories I never have had the chance to study at school. A particular highlight has been taking a few modules which look at Africa, a whole continent I knew very little about in historical terms prior to uni.
Quality of Teaching: Over my three years I can’t count how many times I have marvelled at the high quality of teaching I have received. Just the other week I was in a seminar and my tutor casually recalled when he taught the module at Yale! Friends and I on the course can attest that we have had moments where we really have felt we’ve received world-class teaching based on world-class research. I remember being skeptical when I saw that term thrown about by universities when I was looking around but I’ve found it here at Warwick.
Research-led: It’s been fun to know that the history I’m studying is not simply sourced from a textbook. History at Warwick is inspired by what inspires the tutors in their research which means not only is the content at the cutting-edge, but that they can be genuinely passionate about what they are teaching – something that’s often harder to find in school.
Societies and Sports: Warwick has so many societies and sports clubs. If you can think of an interest or activity, there is probably a group of people on campus who come together to celebrate it! The History Society (HistSoc) here are great at providing tips and general help for your studies, as well as organising socials and opportunities to play sport. For me personally, having been able to be part of the Ultimate Frisbee club and Christian Union have been two amazing parts of my experience here.
Atmosphere: I visited a number of different Unis as part of my application process (which I’m sure many of you are doing/about to do at the moment) and none had an atmosphere like Warwick. Campus has a real vibrancy – the kind of energy that only students can create. You get the sense as you walk about that people are here to do well (we’re all here to get great degrees from a great university) but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. This combination makes for a great atmosphere to do university in – we work hard but we know life’s not all about grades – it’s about meeting new people, trying new things and making the most of our time here. Warwick history students are some of the sharpest people I’ve ever met but we’re all just people with our own passions, problems and perspectives and we treat each other as such.
These are just some of the reasons I could think of off the top of my head.
If you’re looking into all this stuff for the first time, have a look on the website, read some more blogs from students here, come and visit. These have been the best 3 years of my life so far and they could be for you too!