Address some of the contemporary world's most pressing problems and explore their roots in the past.
Discover a thousand years of history while experiencing all the specialist areas on offer at the University of Reading. The Department of History's expertise covers a wide and diverse range of regions, from Europe and Africa to America, South Asia and the Middle East. Module choices cover diverse periods and topics, from the Crusades to the 1960s, slavery in America to Tudor monarchy, and Cold War Berlin to medieval magic.
In your first year, your core modules will explore people, politics and revolution – finding out how people struggled for power in past societies – and the culture and concepts those societies developed. We will teach you the skills you need to study and research history through an individual project of your choice. This joint degree enables you to address contemporary issues and trace them back to their historical roots.
By studying politics, you will acquire a strong grounding in the fundamental elements of the subject such as political ideas and democratic processes. You can study a wide range of specialist core and optional modules, which cover topics such as British government and politics, European political integration, and political thinking.
You will be taught in small interactive seminar groups, encouraging discussion and debate with teaching staff and fellow students. We place a great deal of importance on employability skills in both sides of your degree, and our modules "History education", "Discovering archives", and "Going public" all offer students short work placements and act as an introduction to possible career paths.
You have the option to apply to study abroad on this joint degree. Some of the universities we have links with include Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey; University of Maastricht, Netherlands; Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA; University of Georgia at Athens, USA: and Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. The University also offers all students the chance learn a modern language alongside their core subjects.