Schools, departments and centres
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (CISH)
CISH aims to
encourage and promote collaboration between the disciplines, and establish a
focus for a broad range of modules and courses whose interests range over
three continents: American (US) studies, Latin American studies, European studies, as
well as fostering an exciting curriculum across the Humanities.
Disciplines covered by CISH
Department of History
Our Department of History is second in
the UK for research, and has a 93 per cent student satisfaction rating.
Founded in 1972 the department has developed a strong individual character.
We are concerned with the local and the global, our academics teach and
write about everything from households and communities in Essex to
witchcraft in Germany, from shopping to sex, from slaves in the Americas to
aristocrats in France, from oil to food, from revolutions in England, China
and Russia to the struggle for racial equality in South Africa and the
Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
We offer degrees in literature, film, drama, and creative
writing, either as specialised
paths or in combination. Our Department has a strong international
perspective, apparent both in the background of its staff and in their
research interests, which includes, among many others, cultural history,
drama and performance, world cinema, and the literature and cultures of the
East 15 Acting School
We offer an extraordinarily dynamic portfolio of degrees at
15 that span many areas of training and study of
performance for actors, directors and technical theatre specialists. At our
campuses in Loughton and Southend, we continue to draw on our long and
successful traditions and combine this with a keen sense of the changing
world of theatre today. Training is by professionals for professionals.
Our International Academy
offers pre-undergraduate pathways including foundation and second-year entry
options, undergraduate four-year degrees with an accelerated second-year
entry, pre-Masters Graduate Diplomas and Masters degrees.
Our teachers help our students gain the necessary subject knowledge and
skills, and develop a critical and reflective approach to their studies.
Classes are run in small groups of approximately 12 and students receive
considerable individual attention.
School of Philosophy and Art History
The School of Philosophy and Art History was founded in August 2011, born
out of the merger of two long-standing departments at Essex: the Department
of Art History and Theory and the Department of Philosophy. It offers
single-discipline degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in both
Philosophy and in Art History, as well as opportunities for exploring
interdisciplinary themes at the intersection of art and philosophy.
Art History at Essex
We provide an excellent environment for the pursuit of both teaching and
research in art history, and have
repeatedly been awarded top grades in national assessments of teaching
quality and research standing.
Philosophy at Essex
We are internationally recognised for our unique combination of
Anglo-American and European continental
philosophy.We are committed to fostering
a variety of philosophical approaches, and to developing links between
philosophy and other disciplines. In the last
Research Assessment Exercise we came first for continental philosophy,
as well as being placed in the top ten philosophy research departments in
the UK, top 10 in the Guardian's ranking of philosophy departments in the UK
in both 2010 and 2011.