English & History
A bit of a niche blog today, but I want to share an insight into my degree. I am a first year English and History student, and before I came to uni, I didn’t know anyone studying my course and would have loved to have known what to expect. This may also be useful if you are studying either subject single honours. I’m going to look at a few of the main questions I had this time last year.
What modules do you study?
All History students have to do Making of the Modern World. Every week we look at a different topic within Modern History , and its relevance to the modern era. We have to choose between two core English modules – Medieval and Renaissance Literature, or Epic Into Novel. I chose Epic, so we have looked at epic literature (ie Homer, Virgil, Milton), and how it evolved into novels over several centuries. There is one core English and History module, History and Textuality, in which we look at History more theoretically and in relation to one core text every five weeks. The final module choice is pretty free, and across a bigger choice from both subjects. I chose the Enlightenment, where we look into philosophy, economics, and politics across the period.
How is the course at Warwick?
I love it! I think the lecturers and tutors have been great, and make it really easy for you to contact them if you need any extra help. The course itself is so broad and exciting; I don’t feel limited to studying things I’m not really interested in, because the course moves quickly so you can focus on the aspects you enjoy. There’s a choice in what modules you study, which means you can tailor the course to your own interests. There’s a great deal available in terms of resources – the uni has access to so many books and journals online. This makes our reading and research much less stressful!
Are there loads of essays and deadlines?
I haven’t found the number of deadlines I have to be massively different to Year 13. This depends on what modules you choose, because some are more coursework-heavy and others lean on exams. We had a few formatives in Term 1, which don’t count towards your grade for the year but help to get you on the right track. Into Term 2 we have a few more summative pieces of work in, which do count towards our grade. Your grade for Year 1 does not go towards your degree, as long as you pass, so Year 1 is more about getting your bearings. The workload has been pretty manageable, but if it feels too much at times you can always speak to tutors and ask for extensions on deadlines; they’re there to help if you’re struggling!
Do you enjoy the course?
Yes! I’m going to do a blog soon about joint honours where I’ll explain this more, but I love studying both English and History. There is so much freedom in what I am studying, which only increases in Years 2 and 3. The course is largely modern, which is what I enjoy most. I’ve found each subject complements the other, and I am so glad I can study them at the same time.