Stage 1


  1. Introduction to Literary Forms
  2. Introduction to Modern Irish Writing


  1. History I (Ireland to 1500) 
  2. History II (Europe to 1500)

Elective Modules (choose two modules from below)


  • English
    • Creative
    • Writing
  • Language Studies
    • Irish
    • Spanish
  • Philosophy
    • General Ethics
    • History of Philosophy (Ancient/Medieval)
  • Psychology
    • Introduction to Psychology
  • Theology
    • Introduction to Biblical Studies
    • Introduction to Theology
Module Descriptor

Stage 2


  1. English Literature: Medieval to Renaissance
  2. English Literature: The Birth of Narratives


  1. History I (Ireland to 1500 - 2000) 
  2. History II (Europe to 1500 - 2000)

Elective Modules (choose two modules from below)


  • Media Studies
    • Introduction to Journalism
  • Philosophy
    • Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
    • Social Ethics
  • Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology

  • Theatre
    • Drama and Performance
  • Theology
    • Christology
    • Church and Sacraments
Module Descriptor

Stage 3


  1. English Literature: Romanticism and the Gothic
  2. 19th Century Literature: The Victorians


  1. History Project
  2. Revolutions of the Transatlantic World, 1715 - 1815
  3. Women and the Church in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Elective Module


  • English
    • Irish Studies: 19th Century Ireland and the Literature of the Troubles
    • Existentialist Literature
Module Descriptor

Stage 4


  1. Modernism to Post-Modernism
  2. World Literature
  3. Irish Studies: Anglo-Irish Revival and Gender and Society in Twentieth-Century Ireland


  1. Ireland in the Age of Revolution, 1891 - 1923
  2. Nazi Germany, World War II and the European Jews
  3. America and Europe since 1945


  1. Seminar and Dissertation in either English or History
Module Descriptor
Course Details

Programme Code: PC411

Duration: 4 Years

Level: 8


What students of the English & History Programme had to say...

The standard of lecturing on the English and History Degree would be difficult to beat. In fact, all the staff of Carlow College including those in the dining hall, the library, the administration have been most helpful to me.

Patricia Foley - Graduate

My studies in English and History have enabled me to appreciate and understand how world events have influenced literature and art. Art, literature and history help us make sense of how we live our lives.

Bridget Flannery Graduate

There is a lot of support given to students on the English and History degree and it really helps to build your confidence when you're starting a degree programme.

Jamie Lawlor English & History, Year 4

As a mature student returning to education, I found that the outstanding lecturers at Carlow College restored my confidence, inspired my imagination, fuelled my brain and paved my way to broader horizons and an exciting future.

Amanda Pitcairn - class of '14, pursuing a MA at TCD