Humanities

Humanities courses

American Studies BA (Hons)

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

American Studies provides a greater understanding, not only of America’s profound influence upon the world, but also of the way the world regards America.


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

This exciting programme enables you to work in a variety of genres, from writing for the web, to learning how graphic novels work, to penning your own poetry and fiction. You will be taught by published writers and academics, with a range of professional visiting writers giving workshops and readings throughout the degree programme. This is a sociable and challenging creative course, providing 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 is one of the fastest growing disciplines in UK universities and for good reason: it is an opportunity to explore the multi-faceted world of literature while enjoying the creative freedom of one’s own imagination, and improving writing, communication and research skills.


Creative Writing & English Literature BA (Hons)

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

Creative Writing is one of the fastest growing disciplines in UK universities and for good reason: it is an opportunity to explore the multi-faceted world of literature while enjoying the creative freedom of one’s own imagination, and improving writing, communication and research skills.


Creative Writing & Media BA (Hons)

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

Creative Writing is one of the fastest growing disciplines in UK universities and for good reason: it is an opportunity to explore the multi-faceted world of literature while enjoying the creative freedom of one’s own imagination, and improving writing, communication and research skills.


English Language & Education Studies BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: XQ33   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 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

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. Studying English Literature at York St John University is about more than the study of great books. Of course, you will study great books, but you can also take modules in exciting areas such as children’s literature, creative writing, or in popular forms like horror fiction.


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 & French BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: Q3RO   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. Studying English Literature at York St John University is about more than the study of great books. Of course, you will study great books, but you can also take modules in exciting areas such as children’s literature, creative writing, or in popular forms like horror fiction.


English Literature & German BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: Q3R5   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. Studying English Literature at York St John University is about more than the study of great books. Of course, you will study great books, but you can also take modules in exciting areas such as children’s literature, creative writing, or in popular forms like horror fiction.


English Literature & History BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: QV31   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. Studying English Literature at York St John University is about more than the study of great books. Of course, you will study great books, but you can also take modules in exciting areas such as children’s literature, creative writing, or in popular forms like horror fiction.


English Literature & Japanese BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: QT23   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. Studying English Literature at York St John University is about more than the study of great books. Of course, you will study great books, but you can also take modules in exciting areas such as children’s literature, creative writing, or in popular forms like horror fiction.


English Literature & Spanish BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: Q3R6   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. Studying English Literature at York St John University is about more than the study of great books. Of course, you will study great books, but you can also take modules in exciting areas such as children’s literature, creative writing, or in popular forms like horror fiction.


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 programme gives you the chance to study a broad range of types and periods of history, from medieval to modern, with opportunities for individual specialisation and research.


History & American Studies BA (Hons)

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

The History degree programmes at York St John University give you the chance to study a broad range of types and periods of history, from medieval to modern, with opportunities for individual specialisation and research. 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 the 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.


Media & English Literature 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

Evidence suggests that in the 21st century the incidence of warfare is increasing. Armed conflict is a hugely significant aspect of the human condition, and War Studies explores this phenomenon by asking fundamental questions such as what is war, how do wars start, and how do they end? The possession of a war studies award is likely to be particularly applicable to career paths requiring analytical ability and a knowledge of international affairs and security-related issues.


English Literature & BSL BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: QQ1H   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.


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 degree programme.


Politics & American Studies BA (Hons)*

UCAS course code: L2T7   Duration: 3 Years full-time

BA Politics and American Studies introduces you to the political institutions, ideas and processes that surround us, and to the varied culture, society and history of the USA. Never has the USA been as important as it is today, with the many challenges facing citizens of the 21st century, and the pervasive influence of American culture and ideas throughout the world. It offers an interesting inter-disciplinary approach, studying a range of politics, history, film, literature and culture.


Politics & Creative Writing BA (Hons)*

UCAS course code: L2W8   Duration: 3 Years full-time

Creative Writing is one of the fastest growing disciplines in UK universities and for good reason: it is an opportunity to explore the multi-faceted world of literature while enjoying the creative freedom of one’s own imagination. The BA Politics and Creative Writing provides the opportunity for you to develop your knowledge and understanding the political institutions, ideas and processes that surround us, develop your creative and critical skills, and should you be inspired to do so, incorporate these to add political dimensions to your creative expression.


Politics & English Literature BA (Hons)*

UCAS course code: L2Q3   Duration: 3 Years full-time

Words matter – they can inspire and drive people to action, and change the way we think about important social and political issues. Understanding how stories, texts and rhetoric work – and how they appeal to us, persuade us and affect us – is part of understanding the world we live in. Studying Politics and English Literature at York St John University provides you with the opportunity to understand the political institutions, ideas and processes that surround us, and also how literature, expressed through a range of media such as novels, plays and poems, but also films, advertisements and adaptations, is fundamentally political.


Politics & Geography BA (Hons)*

UCAS course code: L2L7   Duration: 3 Years full-time

BA Politics and Geography gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge across a wide range of subjects, from political philosophy and national and global institutions, urban landscapes and social inequalities, to the natural environment. Fieldwork and ‘real world’ learning are central to the course; the University is centrally located in York and this provides opportunities to get out of the classroom to visit other places in the region, such as the North York Moors or the Yorkshire coast. If you are interested in a comprehensive view of the world we live in, then Politics and Geography is the subject for you.


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 and History at York St John University will allow you to explore this relationship, whilst also pursuing subject-specific interests in each discipline.


Politics & Human Geography BA (Hons)*

UCAS course code: L2LL   Duration: 3 Years full-time

BA Politics and Human Geography tackle many of the issues facing society today, including: globalisation and its impact on the state as well as everyday places we live and work; urban sustainability; inequality and social justice. You will learn about the political institutions, ideas and processes that surround us, and key geographical themes such as landscape, place, spatial variation and inequality underpin the curriculum at all levels.


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 & Religious Studies BA (Hons)*

UCAS course code: L2V6   Duration: 3 Years full-time

The BA (Hons) Politics and Religious Studies will allow you to explore various political and religious institutions and ideas from around the world, and the relationship between religions and politics, history, society, and culture. You will develop strong analytical skills through the application of political concepts and theories, and an empathic understanding of people from a range of religious traditions in diasporic and politically challenging circumstances.


Politics and 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 and War Studies draws on a unique combination of disciplines including politics, history, American studies, media/film, English literature, theology, peace studies, material culture and human geography 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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