Humanities

Humanities courses

American Studies BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: T7P3   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

Our innovative and interdisciplinary programme in American Studies offers you the opportunity to study the literature, film, history, and popular culture of the United States. Taught by a range of specialists, you will be guided in the art of reading and analysing a variety of literary materials, visual texts, and historical sources that offer insight into America’s regional and global influences as well as its cultural and demographic diversity.


American Studies & Film Studies BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: TP7H   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

Combining American Studies and Film Studies at York St John University provides you with the opportunity to explore the genres, social and historical contexts, pleasures and the politics of film, whilst also developing a greater understanding of America’s profound influence upon the world and also of the way the world regards America.


Creative Writing BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: 3S3S   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

Our exciting Creative Writing programme enables you to develop work in a variety of forms and genres, from penning your own poetry, fiction and scripts, to exploring creative non-fiction and other experimental modes of writing. You will be taught by our team of award-winning, published writers and academics, and you’ll have the opportunity to attend workshops and readings from a range of internationally-acclaimed visiting writers. You’ll learn to read and analyse texts in order to help you develop your own work, and you’ll also have the chance to get involved in events, performances and publications. This is a dynamic, challenging and creative course, which will provide you with a range of transferable skills.


Creative Writing & English Language BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: WQ83   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

Creative Writing and English Language allows you to develop your own creative potential with words while also getting to grips with language and linguistics. You’ll enhance your practical, transferable skills through improving your writing, communication and research capabilities.


Creative Writing & English Literature BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: WQ8H   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

The pairing of English Literature and Creative Writing develops skills in critical thinking in relation to a range of texts. Good writing comes from attentive and sophisticated reading, and writers develop these skills in their English Literature modules, alongside the reading and analysis they undertake in some of their Creative Writing modules. Creative writing is beneficial as a mode of engagement and inquiry in relation to literary texts. The two subjects work in dialogue with one another; creative writing’s practice-based focus complementing and supporting English Literature’s critical and analytical approach and vice-versa.


Creative Writing & Media BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: WP83   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

Our Creative Writing and Media BA allows you to develop your own creative potential with words while also getting to grips with analysing media. You’ll enhance your practical, transferable skills through improving your writing, communication and research capabilities.


English Language & English Literature BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: Q390   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

This programme enables you to study language from a broad range of perspectives, including the way speech is articulated, how language is structured and related to meaning, and how it relates to speakers’ intentions and purposes in social interaction.  


English Literature BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: Q300   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

English Literature is a rich and vibrant area of study. At York St John, we are a dynamic, engaged, and research-active team who are committed to providing our students with a cutting-edge education. By studying English Literature, you will have the opportunity to learn about a range of different genres, historical periods, and literary forms.  


English Literature & Education Studies BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: XQ3H   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

In English Literature, our philosophy is simple: words matter. Words shape the world we live in (books can and have changed the world) and the connections between the written page and the concerns of the ‘real’ world are a crucial part of the programme. Overall, the degree will enable you to develop your expertise as a reader and critic of a range of literary materials, whilst also supporting you in the development of a portfolio of professional skills which will aid you in the wider job market. As you become adept at independent learning, you will become a more sophisticated reader of texts, and you will find that your confidence as a writer and as a critic will increase as your degree progresses. Education Studies is concerned with understanding how people develop and learn throughout their lives, and the nature of knowledge and critical engagement with ways of knowing and understanding. It offers intellectually rigorous analysis of educational processes, systems and approaches, and their cultural, societal, political, historical, and economic contexts.


English Literature & Film Studies BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: QP3H   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

We are bombarded with words and surrounded by stories – stories told to inform us, to entertain us, to unnerve us, to make us cry, to make us laugh, to make us buy things. Understanding how stories work – and how they appeal to us, persuade us and affect us – is part of understanding the world we live in.


English Literature & History BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: QV31   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

The pairing of English Literature and History develops skills in critical thinking and analysis in response to a range of different types of texts. History is beneficial as mode of engagement and inquiry in relation to literary texts, and literature can help historians to analyse the past. You might find yourself referring to historical sources as part of your literary studies, as well as reading literary works as a way of developing your understanding of history. Studied together, these subjects allow students to gain a detailed understanding of the written word in all its forms, from historical sources and documents, to contemporary literary texts.


Environmental Geography BSc (Hons)

UCAS course code: FF81   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

Our Environmental Geography Degree focuses on the natural environment and our interactions with it, through topics such as geomorphology, biogeography, sustainability and global environmental challenges, and nature conservation policy and practice. Fieldwork and ‘real world’ learning are at its core. We make the most of York and its surrounding region, taking you to places such as the North York Moors or and the Yorkshire Coast, and bringing in guest speakers from local environmental organisations. 


Film Studies BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: P303   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

Film Studies is a particularly exciting discipline at the moment, not least because Cinema’s engagement with wider media forms has never been so vibrant. Film Studies at York St John University embraces this change and we see it as an opportunity for you as a student to become actively engaged with this evolution.


Film Studies & Media BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: P391   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

Combining Film Studies and Media degree programmes at York St John University provides you with an opportunity to study the genres, social and historical contexts, pleasures and the politics of film, whilst also developing your understanding of how media and culture affect who we are, what we do and how we understand ourselves and the world around us.


Geography BSc (Hons)

UCAS course code: FF84   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

Our BSc (Hons) Geography degree gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge across the entire subject. From ecosystems and river science to urban landscapes and social inequalities, you will be learning alongside specialist academics who are passionate about their field. If you are interested in the whole of Geography, and topics like global issues, sustainability and citizenship, then the Geography Degree is the course for you. 


History BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: V100   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

This History BA (Hons) programme gives you the chance to study a broad range of eras throughout history, from medieval to modern, with opportunities for individual specialisation and research. Modules concentrate on key periods or themes in British, European, American and world history, allowing you to develop your own interests and specialise if you wish in the history of particular periods or geographical regions. You can, however, choose freely from the module selections available.


American Studies & History BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: VT17   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

The Joint Honours History and American Studies degree programmes here at York St John University give you the chance to engage with inter-disciplinarity, through the study of a broad range of types and periods of history, as well as a varied range of cultural approaches related to the United States. We provide an excellent learning environment in the historic centre of the City of York, with a rich selection of museums, libraries and historical sites to complement and enhance your academic programme.


Human Geography BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: 8B12   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

Human Geography tackles many of the issues facing society today, including: globalisation and its impact on the everyday places we live and work; sustainability and human/nature relations; culture and identity; inequality and social justice. This Degree provides opportunities to explore the world around you from a range of perspectives and think about the difference you can make. 


Human Geography with American Studies BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: L7T7   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

Human Geography provides insight into the world around us and our everyday lives, addressing issues such as inequality, poverty, globalisation, urban planning and regeneration. Our Human Geography with American Studies degree allows you to develop an understanding of America’s profound influence upon the world, and the way the world views America, alongside a geographer’s appreciation of local-to-global interactions and spatial inequalities.


Human Geography with History BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: L7V1   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

Human Geography provides insight into the world around us and our everyday lives, addressing issues such as inequality, poverty, globalisation, urban planning and regeneration. Our Human Geography with History degree allows you to develop a historical sensibility alongside a geographers’ appreciation of local-to-global interactions, with modules that address regional, national and international history. Fieldwork and ‘real world’ learning are at the heart of what we do.


Human Geography with Media Studies BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: L7P3   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

Human Geography provides an insight into the world around us and our everyday lives, addressing issues such as inequality, poverty, globalisation, urban planning and regeneration. This degree allows you to develop an understanding of the central role of media and popular culture in contemporary society with a geographers’ appreciation of local-to-global interactions.


Humanities with Foundation Year

The Foundation Year offers you the opportunity to grow in confidence in academic study through the development of key skills and the exploration of diverse themes and cutting-edge developments in a large array of subject areas in Humanities and other Schools.


Media BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: P305   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

Our students are engaged in the exploration and analysis of mediated culture. From Film and TV to art and advertising, you will explore the central role that media and popular culture occupies in contemporary society. Graduates will be attractive to a range of employers within the media, entertainment, creative, cultural and communications industries.


English Literature & Media BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: PQH3   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

In the media-saturated society that surrounds us we encounter media products and practices in countless different ways. On this degree programme we believe it is extremely important to understand how media and culture affect who we are, what we do and how we understand ourselves and the world around us.


War Studies BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: L2K3   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

The War Studies programme will appeal to student interested in history generally, military history and warfare, politics, international relations and current affairs. As a student in the programme you will develop similar skill sets to other students studying History, Media/Film, and English Literature; therefore, when you graduate you will enjoy similarly broad employment opportunities to graduates from those types of programmes. Additionally, you will gain an insight into the processes involved in the development, shape, social consequences and resolution of armed conflict over time and well as witness how these elements affect contemporary events.


Politics BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: L200   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

Politics at York St John University is about more than the sound and fury of the daily headlines. It examines the point where power, principle and policy intersect, and gets to grips with the practical implications of some of the most pressing questions of our time.   How should the state respond to the challenge of planetary climate change? Are new communications technologies making historical patterns of political participation redundant, or more urgent? What are the new horizons for social justice? And how might we imagine the good society in an era of globalisation? These questions, along with many more, are addressed on this Politics BA (Hons) programme.


Politics & History BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: L2V1   Duration: 3 Years full-time

History and politics are fundamentally related as disciplines that seek to understand the institutions, processes and events of states and societies, past and present. Contemporary states, politics, and ideas cannot be fully understood without analysing their historical drivers; equally, historical events can be examined with, and also inform, concepts and theories of political analysis. The BA (Hons) Politics & History Degree at York St John University will allow you to explore this relationship, whilst also pursuing subject-specific interests in each discipline.


Politics, Philosophy & Ethics BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: L2V5   Duration: 3 Years full-time

Politics, philosophy and ethics have always been closely related. Political and philosophical traditions play an important role in shaping the way that we approach questions such as: What does it mean to be human? What is our fundamental human nature, and how does this impact on/how is this impacted by our interaction with individuals, society, and the state? What is justice? Philosophers have played an influential role in the development of political and ethical thought throughout history. This course will introduce you to some of the most important topics in these areas, and give you a full understanding of their interaction historically and in contemporary contexts.  


Politics & War Studies BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: L2L2   Duration: 3 Years full-time

What are the political institutions and ideas that maintain social order but also declare war? What is war, how do wars start, and how do they end? What are the origins of political violence, and how do states navigate their relations with each other? BA Politics & War Studies draws on a unique combination of disciplines including politics, history, American studies, media/film and English literature to offer you an insight into the processes involved in the development of states and the shape, social consequences and resolution of armed conflict over time.


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