The History programme offers both breadth and depth and is one of the few in the UK university sector flexible enough to allow students to blend in roughly equal measure medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary history, or else to bias their module choices (particularly in Years 2 and 3) in favour of one of these key periodizations.
In Year 1 we provide students with a good grounding in the main historical themes and issues relating to the major periods of history they will encounter in Years 2 and 3, thus allowing them to make an informed choice as to which modules they will go on to take in their two degree-shaping years.
Beyond this, the Year 1 experience aims to help students hone the key skills they will need in order to excel in the their undergraduate career.
In Years 2 and 3, a single honours candidate may choose to spend the bulk of their time immersed in a specific period of history, or alternatively they may blend modules from all four periods covered at Canterbury Christ Church. In addition, students can take modules in archaeology in order to construct a degree in History with Archaeology. A combined honours student may also focus their studies in a particular period, or else opt for a variety of periods and historical genres (to the extent that their second-subject timetable allows).
The department has great strength in medieval and early modern history and archaeology (especially of the British Isles and Ireland), and Year 2 and 3 modules can include Anglo-Saxon Archaeology; The Vikings; The Crusades; Britain and Ireland 1100-1300; The Wars of the Roses; Tudor and Stuart Women; English Social History 1450-1750; and the British Civil Wars. Modern History is another teaching and research strength. In Years 2 and 3 modules can range from studies of social protest and popular politics in 18th-19th century Britain, and European history in the Age of Revolution (1789-1914), to modern Britain in the Age of Empire and Total War, the Europe of the Dictators, and the Cold War.
The History with Archaeology programme is a relatively new and exciting development that allows students to combine document-based history with study of a broad range of material evidence including artefacts and standing buildings. Canterbury and East Kent are rich in material for the study of the prehistoric, Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval periods and the teaching team on the programme have a wealth of practical experience in the Archaeology both of Kent and of the British Isles beyond.