The first year of your History degree at Lancaster will have three components:
- A core module taken by all History students
- A choice of shorter optional courses
- The opportunity to study a subject in another department
The Core Module
Our core module, ‘Ancient to Modern: History and Historians’ is taught by a group of our lecturers whose research interests range from Ancient to Contemporary History.
This module gives you the opportunity to meet our academics and study a broad variety of topics. You'll get a taste of the Histories that you can choose to study in greater depth in your second and third years.
You will be taught through a two-hour weekly lecture and a weekly seminar. The lectures provide a background for the events and themes that are explored in greater depth through discussion in the seminars.
It is our job to introduce the complexities of each week’s focus and make sure that things make sense to you!
Our optional courses will allow you to develop greater expertise in particular topics. We encourage you to explore times, places and events with which you are unfamiliar.
There are a number of course options, ranging from late-antiquity in Southern Europe to modern British imperialism. For example, in your first term, you could choose to study the Fall of Rome, which traces the events that led to the shrinkage and eventual collapse of the Roman Empire.
In your second term, you could choose to study modern Europe, exploring the emergence of new nations from 1800 until 1950. How were European identities, and the idea of ‘the European’, forged in culture, politics and war?
Lastly, you choose a subject in another department. Again, we encourage our students to be bold and try new disciplines that they have not previously encountered.
You could choose a course in Philosophy, Film Studies or Psychology, or use the flexibility of the degree structure to learn a new language or improve your language skills. Some of our students start Chinese, Italian, French, Spanish or German from scratch, or pursue advanced study of French, German or Spanish.