Studying the history of our world is an essential component in understanding the present and shaping our future. It's a Historians prerogative to uncover the past, to ask questions, and to inform.
At undergraduate level, you can choose from a variety of exciting degrees. You can study the impact of political, social and cultural change on individuals and social groups spanning Europe, Russia, and America, identify patterns of continuity and change which shaped the early modern period, or delve into topics such as the rise of British democracy and the role of gender and class in society.
Studying history at Essex will also give you the unique opportunity to combine your degree with other subjects too, such as Human Rights, International Relations, Film, Literature, Politics, Economics, Criminology and Sociology. Choosing to combine your course is an excellent idea if you’re interested in contemporary topics such as globalisation, mass media culture, international politics, criminal justice, and climate change to name a few.
The career prospects for a historian has no boundaries, and in the Department of History, whichever undergraduate degree you choose, our expert staff will guide and support you in finding and exploring these opportunities.
Thinking about which history degree is right for you? We can help you decide.
Without historians, how do we acknowledge and react to the societal impact of past pandemics? How do we justify and inspire change to legislation and policy in government? Who will provide historical perspectives in films and documentaries? And how can we help businesses and economies learn from past conflicts brought on by issues such as capitalism, conflict, war, and revolution?
In a world of technology and science, it's important that we remain connected to humanity. When you study an undergraduate history degree, you will learn how to apply a humanist perspective to complex issues. You will be able to interpret contemporary challenges from a historical context, and you will be able to analyse patterns of our past. These are all skills which are essential for shaping the future needs of society.
After you have completed your degree, you will have developed an adverse set of skills in readiness to carve out an exciting career. Whether it's working in museums and heritage management, charities and organisations such as the United Nations, or becoming a regular on television and radio, there is an enormous range of opportunities in a diverse range of industries for a history graduate.