We offer undergraduate courses that cover the history of Britain, Europe and the world from 1450 to the present day.
You’ll study the patterns of continuity and change which shaped the early modern period and look at how ideas, cultures, and economies of different peoples intersected, and changed, through the conflicts brought on by capitalism, imperialism, war, and revolution.
At Essex, we don’t just teach you history, we will help you find your own critical voice. Our seminars provide a supportive environment in which to debate, challenge opposing views and to value criticism. An independent research project gives you the opportunity to explore in-depth a topic that ignites your enthusiasm to connect imaginatively with the past, and to hone the research and critical thinking skills prized by today’s employers.
In addition to our two single honours courses in either history or modern history, we offer a variety of joint honours options which allow you to combine your studies with other subject areas.
"The Department of History surpassed my expectations. At first, I underestimated the value of its research-led focus, but soon discovered that this allows you to work on topics with supervisors who are at the forefront of their field. The support provided is excellent; whether I have needed extra help with a particular essay or have wanted to meet my fellow history students to talk about the challenges we are all facing, opportunities are always at hand."