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speciality: History

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What Is a History Degree?

History is one of the most desired academic degrees amongst students when it comes to pursuing a Bachelor of Arts. 

History degrees are designed to teach you to move beyond yourself and envision other worlds, to explore the interplay between material circumstances and human character.  History combines the careful analysis of evidence with compelling storytelling. Moreover, History degrees aim to increase cultural sensitivity and literacy. 

This degree is divided into various areas of expertise such as Classical History or Art History, which will help students gain relevant knowledge for themselves.

Benefits of a History Degree

History is one of the most versatile undergraduate majors, due to the fact that it touches upon all forms of human endeavour from arts and languages to science and economics.

Candidates studying a History course will also be taught how to effectively collect, analyse, interpret, and arrange a wide variety of sources into persuasive arguments. Thus, having these skills will increase the chance of any graduate finding a job, no matter if it is in this field or not. 

A report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education illustrates that graduates from History majors have the highest salary amongst graduates from all other humanities majors. 

History Degree Structure

History courses are usually a three-year commitment and offer many academic programmes ranging from foundational courses to specialised ones. Some universities even have site excavations, through which students gain more practical knowledge. 

Like most of the degrees, any History course concludes with a dissertation in any chosen area of interest.

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    Quality of teaching

    Was good great fun great people bad weather a lot of construction work
    Quality of teaching is great my supervisor was great library could have more lifts and less stairs
    Was brilliant.

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    Programme: International Relations and History
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2019
    Campus: London
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    Student life

    I love it here! The student life exceeds my expectations – a great social atmosphere and a supportive network. The courses are extremely engaging and the academic mentors are here for your every need. I would highly recommend LSE to any prospective undergraduate.

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    Programme: History
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2022
    Campus: London
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    Accessibility

    Access to resources via the library is substantial and easy to navigate. There are lots of online as well as physical materials one can use for their studies which go beyond the reading list provided by your course tutor and it is extremely helpful when writing essays as it can give you and edge not found within course reading lists. Furthermore, the library staff are always on hand to help if you are confused with the cataloguing system etc and so are course tutors. Whilst you may find yourself worried or apprehensive to approach tutors or lecturers from your course, LSE provides an atmosphere in which one can do this on an equal and respectable level playing field. No tutor I have encountered has even been arrogant or scary etc which is often the worries of people coming into higher education. I think overall LSE provides a friendly and approachable environment in which one can learn.

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    Programme: History
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: London
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    Lack of student community

    I love being at LSE for its internationalism and the amazing options, both in my degree and as extra curriculars. However, it can be difficult to build a sense of community, because the university seems disinvested in the student experience – it prioritises careers over wellbeing, despite lots of amazing people working really hard to change this culture.

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    Programme: History
    Degree: Bachelor's
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    Great Academic Resources, Not much Campus Life

    My experience at LSE is limited to my course and department. I say this because at LSE, individual departments appear to be the controlling factor behind a student’s experience. Most of their staff in the History department is very knowledgeable in their field and almost if not all are helpful and readily available. Having a wide range of professors and teaching assistants also allows them to focus on their areas of speciality and provide courses that are very focused. They also have a wide selection of courses which allows students to choose according to their interests. These courses range from early modern to 21st century history which I enjoyed since my interest lies in modern history. However, it does seem exceptionally difficult to gain a first in qualitative degrees atleast compared to other universities and the atmosphere is almost too academically charged with little focus given to anything outside of careers and studying amongst the student body. I initially did struggle to adjust to this and would have preferred a more relaxed setting that allowed me to give some more time to outside interests as well. With regards to campus life, LSE does not really have one outside the few buildings designated to it since it is based in Central London. While this is an advantage for me since I love city life, those looking for a quieter more campus-based university experience might not really enjoy it. Overall, I would definitely recommend LSE for anyone wanting to study liberal arts in particular. Being in London in such a central location also gives students a lot of exposure. Given its connections, LSE is a good platform to explore career options for anyone planning on staying in London.

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    Programme: History
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: London
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    You get a lot, but you have to invest in it first

    Borrowing some very LSE terminology, the returns that you see from your time at this uni are highly based on how much you invest in the first place. If you engage with the incredible societies, go to office hours to talk to world-class academics, and throw yourself into what London has on offer, you’ll have one of the best experiences of your life. But, this uni is also quite difficult as very little is easily accessible (especially the social life which can feel isolating unless you take the initiative).

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    Programme: History and International Relations
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: London
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    More could be done to engage students

    The course content itself is very interesting and takes a more international viewpoint on history then other courses my friends have taken. However, there is not much engagement between students in the actual classes.__

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    Degree: Bachelor's
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    LSE is what you make of it!

    My experience at LSE has been positive, but sadly this isn’t the case for everyone. If you get involved and make the most of what’s on offer, it’s an amazing experience, especially through the History department. Courses at the LSE are rigorous and there is a noticeable jump from earlier studies – you are expected to learn a large volume of content in immense detail, and qualitative subjects offer a limited number of contact hours. For history courses, there is a lot of reading required, and it can be overwhelming at times. However, the content is almost always fascinating, and I have learned so much about the world through my studies. Learning at the LSE is interesting and broadened my horizons, particularly through the regular event lectures welcoming notable speakers. There is also the opportunity to learn languages. There is undoubtedly variation in what departments offer, but the History department is certainly one of the best and is recognised as one of the best in the world. The academic staff cover a broad range of periods and regions/themes, with research interests focused on international history post-1900. Lecturers are friendly and approachable (if you make the most of office hours) and are genuinely keen to support one’s studies. Feedback on essays is prompt and detailed, although the quality of classes and seminars can vary with some teachers. The administrative staff are also exceptionally friendly and supportive. One of the first things I noticed was the disparity between the quality of the History and IR departments. The social life is available, but you have to go out and make the most of it. There is a careers focus which can be difficult to avoid, but it is possible. Societies and sports clubs offer a useful way to meet others with likeminded interests, and help to balance the workload and improve the university experience. Most of my friends were made through halls (Passfield is amazing) but I have made other friends through social activities. The Union offers a variety of events, but their work is often not advertised widely and requires seeking out opportunities. Studying in London is an incredible experience, but the wealth of activities such as museums and parks come at the expense of expensive rents. I’ve loved my time at LSE, and would recommend my course to anyone with a genuine interest. LSE is challenging in both an academic and developmental sense, but in my opinion is the best in the world for certain subjects. Living in London, meeting likeminded people, learning about topics I am passionate about and exploring new hobbies through societies offered everything I wanted out of my university experience. There is room for improvement, but that’s true of any university. If you come to LSE with an ingrained suspicion, you inevitably hunt for faults. But if you come to LSE with an open mind and get involved in all the LSE and Union have to offer, you will likely have an amazing experience and gain a world-class education.

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    Programme: International Relations and History
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2019
    Campus: London
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  • History and ...
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    Central London is a very cool place to live

    LSE is a really cool place; there are lots of interesting people, the classes are good and the courses cover a wide range of material. It’s also amazing to live in Central London, there is always so much going on. The campus, however, doesn’t really have a social hub and so most big friendship groups are made in halls. I was in an intercollegiate halls so didn’t really have this. It can also be a bit intimidating because everyone is smart so you just have to remember that you also do belong there!

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    Programme: History and International Relations
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
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    Prestige but not much content

    I chose to study history at the LSE because I was attracted to Social Sciences as a whole and it scores very high in global rankings. I like the fact that we are allowed outside options, and non-degree language courses – this diversifies our degree and broadens our learning in my opinion. The teaching staff is always very understanding and willing to help. Obviously, living in London has also been a dream because there is always so much stuff going on – whether academic, social or anything else really that you might find interesting. I love LSE buildings which have a few lovely rooftops. On the other hand, I found that there were not enough study spaces! And not enough contact hours but that probably comes down to the UK education system as a whole. I expected to have learned more about history, but the emphasis is put on the development of transferrable skills.

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    Programme: History
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2021
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