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Interdisciplinary Studies Centre

Part of School of Philosophy and Art History

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An alternative education for alternative thinkers

Our courses are interdisciplinary and have a global focus. You study across our University's subject areas, including politics, sociology, history, philosophy, literature, art history, and languages, according to your interests.

The flexibility and range of our courses enable you to develop a unique and wide ranging perspective on your studies. All of our courses feature interdisciplinary core modules taught by multiple lecturers from different departments. Optional modules allow you to customize your degree by selecting from different subject areas from across the University.

American (US) Studies, European Studies and Latin American Studies allow you to learn about a particular region from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Liberal Arts, our most flexible course, lets you curate a degree tailor-made to your interests and strengths. With our newest course, Global Studies, you can explore the challenges facing our world from a global perspective.

You can also enhance your educational experience with a period of study abroad. Here you gain new insights into different cultures and have the chance to hone your language skills.

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Why study here?
  • Study abroad for a term or a year with options across Europe, the United States, Canada, China and Latin America
  • Courses allow you to study a wide range of subjects according to your interests from across the humanities and social sciences
  • Our staff are drawn from across our University departments and have an extraordinary range of teaching and research expertise

Our subjects

The Interdisciplinary Studies Centre, offers courses in American (US) studies, European studies, Global studies, Latin American studies and Liberal arts.

American (US) studies

Essex has been a major teaching and research institution for American (US) studies since the University was founded in 1964.

 

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European studies

Europe is a global political and economic centre that exerts enormous international influence. Our European studies courses will allow you to delve into this diverse landscape.

 

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Global studies

Our Global Studies degrees are global in focus and takes an interdisciplinary approach to international issues and regional study.

 

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Latin American studies

Latin America is a complex and fascinating region. We have played a leading role in Latin American teaching and research since our University was founded.

 

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Liberal arts

BA Liberal Arts is our most flexible course. You can study a combination of humanities, arts and social science subjects, building your own degree as your interests develop.

 

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Short course to prepare you for academic success

We know that the disruption to your learning this year has had a significant impact, and we are dedicated to supporting you to success in your future learning. To help you prepare for university, we’ve developed an online, six-week course called the Pre-Undergraduate Short Course. It’s completely optional but if you complete it and enrol with us this year, you’ll be eligible for a £500 bursary.

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