This varied Joint Honours degree will give you an insight into the structures that shape human societies, while allowing you to explore how those communities have changed over time.
You'll consider the complexities of class, gender, race and other factors in different societies, while gaining an understanding of key themes in British, European and world history.
Core modules will introduce you to key theories and concepts in sociology, while in History you'll focus on research methods and historiography. You'll also choose from optional modules in both subjects, spanning from the early medieval period to today, cutting across cultures and considering some of the biggest social challenges faced in the modern world.
From the Crusades to decolonisation, drug policy to ethnicity and sexuality, this wide-ranging and exciting course will give you a real insight into the relationships between individuals and society. You'll also gain valuable skills that are valuable to employers.
Leeds has plenty of excellent resources for historians and sociologists. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections, and the Library offers plenty of training to help you make the most of the facilities we have.
A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you'll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
Core modules in your first year will develop your historical skills, as you're introduced to historiography. You'll also analyse contemporary British society and culture and explore the key issues and concepts of sociology.
Over the next two years, you'll choose from an impressive variety of optional modules reflecting the full range of research interests in both subjects. You could cover disability studies, witch hunts in early modern Europe, crime and regulation, the Industrial Revolution, class division or recent African political history.
In your final year, you'll be able to apply the research and analytical skills you've developed to an independently researched dissertation, where you can specialise in a subject of your choice.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in History and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking
GCSE: Mathematics at grade 4/C
A Joint Honours degree in History and Sociology equips you with a wide range of skills that are valuable to employers.
You'll have a thorough understanding of some of the key issues faced in modern society, but you'll also be a strong independent researcher. You'll be able to analyse and interpret information from multiple sources, draw your own conclusions and communicate them clearly. You'll also work comfortably in a team and have organisational skills from studying two different subjects.
Graduates have gone into a wide range of careers as a result, including social work, the charity sector, the civil service, journalism, law, education and the creative industries. Others have pursued postgraduate study or professional training.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.