If you are hungry for finding out about the past and if you have a fascination with language or the way that the stories we tell shape our culture, a History and Literature course may be perfect for you. If you still need some persuading, why not look at this list of reasons to study History and Literature:
1. Transferable skills
Studying History provides a student with skills which are not confined to the study of the past. On the other hand, whatever people may think about Literature, it isn’t just about reading books. This course will allow you to learn valuable analytical skills, and the ability to analyse and then prioritise information that is vital to decision making. This not only provides a skill set for a student, but it also keeps career options open.
2. It is relevant
There is a stigma attached to History that it is based entirely in the distant past, but this does not account for the huge amount of modern history which is studied in such depth. We can also use classical literature to understand and improve our history. Be it poetry, novels, plays or other literary works. In order to make sense of current affairs it is important to study the past, as everything which is happening around us has been influenced by, and is a direct result of, that which preceded it. In this way, the study of History and Literature is explicitly relevant to us.
3. It is an investment in your future
If studied, a degree in the subjects of History or Literature can be an impressive and attractive feature on a CV. The widespread demand for good communication skills means History and Literature degrees offer lots of potential career paths such as academic librarian, archaeologist, archivist, arts administrator, film director and much more!
The Pre-University Taster course in History and Literature is running from 6 – 9 August 2018, and is led by academics from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities. Students will explore lives, key themes and events connected to London from a historical and literary perspective. Alongside daily classes, students will have the chance to extend their learning beyond the classroom with a course excursion to a relevant archive or museum. The application deadline is 15 May 2018.