B.A. (Honours) in English & History

CAO Code

PC411

Level

8

Points

255

Places Available

30

Duration

4 Years

Course Fees

N/A

Why Study This Course?

Two Majors

Immerse yourself in two subjects from foundation to specialisation

Personalised

Chart your own journey with a wide variety of electives

Focus on Skills

Employability modules enhance skills and experience in professional areas

The B.A. (Hons) in English and History is a 4 Year Level 8 Programme. It offers students the opportunity to read the greatest works of literature in English alongside the most important and influential events in Irish, European and world history. Students on this programme develop a deep knowledge of literature in English and history, and more generally, advanced understandings of human society and culture at the local, regional and global level.

An exciting and comprehensive programme
The structure of the programme gives students a solid foundation in both English literature and History in Years 1 and 2, before allowing them to specialise in either English or History, or to keep a balance between the subjects in Years 3 and 4.

What can you expect to learn?
The programme equips students with the essential tools needed for the 21st century by nourishing critical thinking, developing communication skills and fostering creativity. It also prepares graduates for life after college by teaching them employability skills through special career skills and career practice modules.

Work Placement
Students have the unique opportunity to engage in work placement in Year 3 through the Career Practice module. This module aims to enhance students’ employability and skills through real-life work experience in a variety of career paths.

Year 1

All mandatory modules

Semester 1 Semester 2
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Virtues of Poetry
  • Toolkit for History
  • Re-Imagining Early and Medieval Ireland
  • Medieval Europe: Crusades, Conflict and Crises
  • Introduction to Drama and Theatre
  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Irish Writing 1960-1990
  • Debating History
  • Re-Imagining Ireland 1500-1700
  • The Age of Exploration in the Early Modern Period 1492-1763
  • Skills module: Academic Digital Skills

    Year 2

    All mandatory modules

    Semester 1 Semester 2
  • Critical Approaches to Literature
  • Theatre of the European Renaissance
  • Romantic Poetry
  • Public History and Cultural Heritage
  • Re-Imagining Ireland 1700-1850
  • Revolutions in the Transatlantic World 1763-1877
  • The Eighteenth-Century Novel
  • Contemporary Irish Writing
  • American Literature 1
  • Nation States and Global Conflict 1877-1945
  • Re-Imagining Ireland 1850-2000
  • Skills module: Career Skills

    Year 3

    Four mandatory modules plus two elective modules per semester

    Semester 1 Semester 2
    Mandatory

  • American Literature 2
  • Gothic Fiction
  • World War 1: The Fall of Empires
  • Ireland: Insurrection to Independence
  • Choose 2 elective modules

  • Literature and Revolution in Ireland 1890-1937 / The Politics of Irish Literature 1798-1898*
  • Migrations In Irish History, 1700-present / Violence, Law and Order in Modern Irish History*
  • Women in Medieval Europe / Making a living in Medieval Ireland*
  • Political Philosophy 1
  • Mandatory

  • Literature of the Victorian Age
  • Modernism and Modernity
  • The Rise of Fascism
  • Ireland: Politics and Society 1923-1970
  • Choose 2 elective modules

  • Gender and Sexuality in Post 60s Irish Culture and Writing / The Literature of the Troubles*
  • Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry
  • The Politics of the Great Irish Famine
  • Local History Project / History, Memory and Commemoration*/li>
  • Skills module: Career Practice

    Year 4

    Choose 6 modules in each semester

    Semester 1 Semester 2
  • Postmodern Literature
  • Creative Writing: Fiction
  • Post-War British and American Poetry
  • Literature and Revolution in Ireland 1890-1937 / The Politics of Irish Literature 1798-1898*
  • History of Antisemitism before 1933
  • Europe and the United States in the Post War World 1945-2000
  • Migrations In Irish History, 1700-present / Violence, Law and Order in Modern Irish History*
  • Women in Medieval Europe / Making a living in Medieval Ireland*
  • Mandatory

  • Modern Drama in Performance
  • Critical Theory: Language and Self**
  • Gender and Sexuality in Post 60s Irish Culture and Writing / The Literature of the Troubles*
  • Postcolonial Writing
  • Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
  • Irish Elections and Propaganda 1918-1937
  • Local History Project / History, Memory and Commemoration*/li>
  • Skills module: Seminar & Dissertation

    * Cyclical modules

    **Co-requisite with Postmodern Literature

    Graduates of the programme have gone on to find employment in a wide range of areas such as:
    • Primary and post-primary teaching
    • Cultural institutions
    • Archives and heritage, journalism
    • Tourism
    • The civil service
    • Management
    • Marketing and advertising
    • Design
    • Media and PR
    • IT

    Further Study

    If postgraduate study is your aim, this degree gives you the academic grounding you need for successful postgraduate study. Our graduates have successfully gone on to a wide variety of Level 9 postgraduate courses in areas such as English and Literature, Creative Writing, Irish History, Journalism, and Marketing. Some also successfully continuing their academic studies through to Ph.D. level.

    Graduates have also continued onto Professional Masters in Education to qualify as post-primary teachers.



    Karmel Knipprath | M.A. English Studies (Gothic Studies) at Manchester Metropolitan University

    I initially chose the B.A (Hons) English & History programme at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s for its wide range of specialized modules and its outstanding reputation for high-quality and supportive learning. The College also offered a much more personal setting to those of bigger institutes, allowing me, as a mature student, to feel more comfortable returning to education. The staff here are always friendly and welcoming which is an invaluable asset, and the institution itself has a vibrant student body that works hard towards maintaining that unique sense of communal solidarity.
    Like so many students that pass through its doors, my time at Carlow College was extremely rewarding. I gained so much confidence and learned so much, both inside and outside the classroom. My role as Class Rep, in particular, allowed me to hone a range of interpersonal skills in a formal setting, while my participation in the College’s Reading Society provided me with a casual space where I could critically flesh out thoughts and ideas with my fellow classmates.
    The annual Student Literary Awards was great fun. I really enjoyed having something outside of coursework to work towards each year, and there is always great excitement on campus in the run-up to the Award Ceremony.

    By my fourth year of the English and History programme at Carlow College, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in academia and the lecturing staff across all departments were very supportive. Fourth-year students are encouraged to dig deep into their own, individual interests and so are permitted to adapt assigned assessments to suit these passions. For me, this was a wonderful opportunity to immerse myself in textual and filmic Horror, my primary research area. This period of immersive study also allowed me to present an undergraduate research paper at the Popular Culture Association of America conference which I achieved with the help and support of my dissertation supervisor, Dr. Eoghan Smith. The PCA conference was a fantastic experience and one which allowed me to put into practice all the academic skills and knowledge I had built up through four years of exciting modules, lectures, assessments, and independent research.
    Since graduating with a first-class honors degree from Carlow College, I have taken up a place on the MA English Studies (Gothic Studies) programme at Manchester Metropolitan University where, in 2022, I hope to undertake a PhD in the Post-Millennial Gothic. Of course, it goes without saying that I am deeply indebted to all the staff at Carlow College for helping me achieve my goals, and for getting me to where I am today.

    Like so many students that pass through its doors, my time at Carlow College was extremely rewarding. I gained so much confidence and learned so much, both inside and outside the classroom.


    Aine O’Neill | TV Producer, Peninsula Television

    Why English & History?
    I choose to study English & History as I loved the variety of subjects within the disciplines. I also think the course instantly stands out on a job application. When people see English they think; well-read and good writer. When they see History they think: good at researching and an interest in detail. These are qualities that make you an attractive candidate to employers.

    What did you enjoy most about the programme?
    The lecturers offered me guidance on a daily bases, BUT for me, I found that they were flexible with me doing extra work outside of college. As I was trying to build a career in TV, it was vital to work as much as possible. This in turn meant I sometimes needed to miss a lecture or two, and the lecturers were very supportive, helping supply notes etc. This allowed me to work in the area I wanted to work in, and still keep on top of my college work.

    How would you describe your time at Carlow College?
    At Carlow College you very much feel like you’re part of something, part of a community. You get to know people on a more personal, meaningful level. You feel like the lecturers take a personal interest in each student. I never felt like I was just another number that came through the college.

    Favourite memories of Carlow College?
    The memories I made will forever make me smile. I walked into Carlow College with little education, not much confidence and no academic strengths. I skipped out with lifelong friends, a degree in English and History and the confidence to pursue the career I really wanted. I will be forever grateful to the staff and lecturers of Carlow College for that.

    What advice would you offer to people considering to study at Carlow College?
    DO IT!!! Apply and get ready to unveil your potential to the world.

    What did you do when you graduated?
    I was lucky enough to go straight into a job that I had wanted since I was a young girl. I finally had the confidence to apply and I had the education to back me up. I started working on various shows for RTE and TV3.

    Have you worked on any exciting projects since you began working?
    So many. I’ve been really lucky. I’ve worked on quite a few TV shows: entertainment, reality, observational docs, hidden camera etc… I have worked on the IFTA red carpet 4 or 5 times. I love that, I interviewed so many different people!

    What are you doing now?
    I am currently working as a TV Producer with Peninsula television. I am Assistant Producer on the TV show, Evidence of Evil on CBS Reality. I also run a small casting agency called O Neill Casting. I cast for plays, TV Shows, TV Adverts, Movies and other media work.


    Joe Farrelly | Post-Primary Teacher, St. Oliver’s Community College

    I chose Carlow College, St. Patrick’s because it allowed me to study a broad range of subjects, which left me with a lot of options career wise. This enabled me to study a HDip. in Education in Trinity College, Dublin after graduation and a term as Students’ Union President in 2013. I am now a Secondary School Teacher in St. Oliver’s Community College in Drogheda.
    The experience of a term as SU President, varied subjects and the opportunities to get involved in all aspects of student life, allowed me tofind work part-time in the fitness industry while I studied to become ateacher. I would describe Carlow College as a community based learning environment where you are more than just a number. If you throw yourself into everything you will develop on a personal level and gain the skills essential for a successful career. I loved the Teaching Practice and Media Studies modules. The help and support I recieved on my thesis was also invaluable.
    I would really advise students to get involved in everything as doing nothing will lead to nothing!

    If you throw yourself into everything you will develop on a personal level and gain the skills essential for a successful career.


    Judy Bolger | PhD Candidate, Trinity College, Dublin

    I cannot emphasise how my time at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s has since shaped my life academically, socially, and employability wise. The one-to-one support I received at Carlow College has given me the academic advantage over my peers in regard to writing coherent historical analysis.
    Carlow College has a very close-knit environment, where lecturers know students by name, yet the level of teaching is still on par with larger institutions, where such intimacy is not possible. Learning in this atmosphere is engaging and productive for students.
    I initially sought out the programme as I had a keen interest in history. I did not expect to enjoy the English modules as much as I did. The components of the degree compliment each other well. In regards to the lecturers, library staff and academic support team, advice and guidance was always conveniently available, so you’re not isolated within the academic workload.
    For anyone interested in a career in academia, Carlow College teaches you the relevant skills, while also offering public lectures from some of the biggest names in history. I’m currently a PhD student at Trinity College, Dublin and my degree from Carlow College has laid the appropriate academic foundation necessary to approach such a large project like a PhD.

    I cannot emphasise how my time at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s has since shaped my life academically, socially, and employability

    Minimum Entry Requirements
    Two grade H5 and four grade H7/O6 including English, Irish or a foreign language. Mathematics is not required.

    Further information on Entry Requirements and application processes available here

    Fees & Grants
    Information on Fees & Grants can be found here

    Course Contact

    Dr Simon Workman
    Programme Director
    sworkman@carlowcollege.ie
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