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 others about their work.
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, North and South America, Asia, and Southern Africa, identifying patterns of continuity and change which have shaped the world since the fifteenth century and delving deeply into topics such as the rise of British democracy in Europe, the significance of gender and class in modern Britain, the Russian Revolution, the impacts of transatlantic slavery, the apartheid regime in South Africa, and twentieth century China, among many others.
Studying history at Essex also gives 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 a joint honours course is an excellent idea if you’re interested in contemporary topics such as globalisation, mass media culture, global politics, criminal justice, and climate change to name a few.
The skills from a history degree offer many different career prospects and opens many doors. Whichever undergraduate degree you choose, you will develop a careers portfolio under the direction of our expert staff and our Careers Service, to guide and support you in finding and exploring these opportunities.
Thinking about which history degree is right for you? We can help you decide.
Studying history helps us to understand the contemporary world, allowing us to comprehend how we got where we are and where we might be going. Historical perspectives can give us insights into responses to past pandemics and how we should deal with the present ones, they can inform contemporary political debates by understanding how these have developed over time, and they can shape how we approach challenges in today’s societies and economies by examining the cultures of the past. The practice of studying history also gives you key skills of research, analysis and argument; tools for careers success which employers are looking for.
In order to understand our world of rapid change and bewildering technological developments, we believe it's important to be grounded in humanity. When you study for an undergraduate history degree at Essex, you will learn about the complex histories of people in different settings across time by connecting with a wide range of historical sources and approaches. In doing so, you will better be able to interpret contemporary challenges from a historical perspective, while building up vital skills such as carrying out in-depth research, explaining challenging concepts, and developing clear arguments. These are all skills which are essential for shaping the future needs of society, and for the world of work.
In doing your degree with us, you will be preparing yourself for an exciting career. Whether it's working in museums and heritage management, charities, government and non-government organisations, the media, education or business, there is a very wide array of opportunities in a diverse range of industries for a history graduate.
“It was important to me that I picked something I would enjoy. History is perhaps one of the best degrees to learn useful transferrable skills that you will hold with you for the rest of your life. People think it’s memorising meaningless dates and battle wins but it’s so much more than that!”