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History BA (Hons)

History BA (Hons)

History at YSJ encompasses a diverse range of subjects from medieval to modern, and allows students to choose from a menu of unrelated options or to concentrate on a particular period of study. We don’t want to create barriers – over the course of the three years you can touch on a wide range of subjects. What we ask of you is an enthusiasm for exploring the past.

You can study our History programme as a Specialist degree and as part of a Joint Honours degree 

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Our experienced team of professional historians are engaged in scholarship and original research which  feeds directly into our modules and ensures that you are in touch with new developments in a rapidly changing subject. Areas of expertise include medieval Europe, the English Reformation, modern British and American history and international relations in the 20th century.


Besides field trips to museums and historical sites in the UK, including Rievaulx Abbey and the Victoria & Albert Museum  in London, every history student has the option to study abroad in the first semester of their second year in the US, Canada, the Netherlands or Spain.


History students work with a wide variety of partners. Recent joint projects include Yorkshire Film Archive and the RAF Linton-on-Ouse Battle of Britain Memorial Project. Placements can involve teaching in schools, working in museums such as Rockingham Castle, in York Archives or in media outlets such as the Northern Echo and ITV or even West Yorkshire Police and the Rugby Football Union.