You will learn to be attentive to your own experiences and to interrogate them critically and rigorously. You will learn to combine logic and reasoning with persistence, clarity and creativity.
At Essex, you will learn how to think, not what to think. Art is everywhere and philosophy never sleeps: you will join a dynamic yet close-knit community that seeks to understand the world through asking the right questions, and by always being alert to the power of hidden truths and unexpected moments of beauty and meaning.
You will be taught by expert staff, dedicated to developing your full academic and personal potential. Our school is a friendly and lively environment, and you will be part of a large and active community of students.
You will learn to ask uncomfortable questions and interrogate accepted answers. Can ancient Greek and Christian thought help us respond to the threat of meaninglessness? Can Nietzsche, Sartre or Marx help us overcome modern alienation? Should we think of the self in terms of a narrative or is the self a fiction? Is it ethically permissible to cognitively enhance human beings? Can we have knowledge of the external world? What are the epistemic virtues that will help us resist a post-truth world? Our undergraduate philosophy modules provide you with the tools to understand and change the world as you find it.
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We run single and joint honours degrees in art history and curating, driven by our world-class research and our curatorial experience. You will be taught with an expansive and innovative approach to the history of art, taking in everything from the Renaissance through Surrealism to contemporary art, from depictions of witches to tattoo history, from medical portraiture to activist art.
An Essex art history degree will give you a great foundation to take on any industry, whether that's following traditional routes into galleries and museums, into unexpected routes like business, law and government, or into creative industries such as television, media and the ever-evolving digital world.
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Do you see yourself becoming a global change-maker? Do you enjoy exploring European culture or the complexities of Latin America? Do you have an opinion on our current global social climate? As an Interdisciplinary Studies Centre student, you can combine academic disciplines within flexible, bespoke, self-directed degree schemes. With a spine of core provision, you have the freedom to build the degree that’s right for you. We offer undergraduate degrees in global studies, American (US) studies, European studies, Latin American studies, liberal arts, and an exciting brand new degree for 2020, BA Social Change.
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“I loved the flexibility – you can tailor your course to your own interests and you are encouraged to develop independent interests in relation to the core material. The teaching and administrative staff are very welcoming and so helpful when you arrive, and do everything they can to support your development throughout your time with them (and beyond). Making friends is easy as you get so many opportunities to mingle with fellow students during the wide range of departmental events, and the cosmopolitan and friendly atmosphere makes discussion easy and interesting.”