Entry Points (2020)
301

Course Overview

History is first and foremost about people, the forces that shaped their lives and the ways in which they changed their societies. Studying history makes us aware that our world today took on its current appearance less by chance than as a result of specific developments and decisions taken in the past. 

Are you curious about how the modern world came to be? Would you like to find out how past events have shaped our contemporary global world?  If so, the BA History is the programme for you. It is an innovative degree that gives coherence and depth to your learning and opportunities to develop key skills for employment.

 

The BA History is a four-year degree that offers you choice and flexibility in what and how you study:

  • When registering, students select one of four learning pathways to follow for their degree.
  • Students can combine their study of History (‘major’) with two other subjects (‘minors’) that complement History: Journalism and Global Media, Globalisation Studies, Political and Sociological Studies, Economics and Public Policy, Philosophy, French and Italian.
  • In year three, students will have the opportunity to complete work placements, study abroad programmes or further on-campus special studies, before returning to their final year of study.
  • These pathways will prepare students for careers in the public and private sectors, including international development, the diplomatic and civil service, NGOs, journalism, publishing, marketing and media, the heritage industry, and education.

 

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Grades in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.


Additional Requirements

None
Duration

4 years (BA Degree), 4 years (BA International)

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades (2020)

nuigalway.ie/alevels

Average intake

60

Closing Date
NFQ level

8

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

GY105

Course code

Course Outline

First Year

On arrival in first year, BA History students select History as their core subject (major) and choose two other subjects (minors) to start on a learning pathway for their degree.

Year

ECTS

Pathway 1

Historical Studies

Pathway 2

History and Globalisation Studies

Pathway 3

History, Politics and Philosophy

Pathway 4

History (joint honours)

Year 1

20 ECTS

 

20 ECTS x 2

History

 

TWO of the following:

Journalism and Global Media, Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Public Policy, French, Italian

History

 

Globalisation Studies

and ONE of the following: Economics and Public Policy, French or Italian

History

 

Political Science, Sociology and Policy AND

Philosophy

History

 

TWO other subjects from the Arts subject groupings

Year 2

30 ECTS

 

15 ECTS x 2

History

 

Two other subjects taken in first year

History

 

Globalisation Studies and the other subject taken in first year

History

 

Political Science, Sociology and Policy AND

Philosophy

History

 

One of the other subjects taken in first year (30 ECTS)

Year 3

Work placement, Study Abroad or Complementary Studies

Work placement, Study Abroad or Complementary Studies

Work placement, Study Abroad or Complementary Studies

Work placement, Study Abroad or Complementary Studies

Work placement, Study Abroad or Complementary Studies

Year 4

30 ECTS

 

15 ECTS x 2

In year 4, students continue with History and their other subjects

In year 4, students continue with History and their other subjects

In year 4, students continue with History and their other subjects

In year 4, students continue with History and their other subject

 

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Subject
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Year 1 (60 Credits)


Optional Subject: Ancient Classics (20 Credits):
Optional CCS315: Intermediate Latin 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CCS205: Ancient Greek for Beginners (Part One) - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CC321: Latin Texts from Medieval Ireland and Britain - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CC230: Beginning Latin Part 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CC1101: Mythology and the City in Ancient Greece - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CC1100: Classics in 20 Objects - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CC114: Written Words & Spoken Languages in the Ancient World - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CCS316: Intermediate Latin 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CCS312: Advanced Classical and Medieval Latin 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CCS206: Ancient Greek for Beginners (Part Two) - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CC232: Beginning Latin Part 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CC1102: Empire and Literature in Ancient Rome - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Archaeology (20 Credits):
Required AR113: Prehistoric Ireland & Europe - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required AR1102: Recording Monuments in the Landscape - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required AR1104: Material Culture and Museums - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required AR1105: Medieval Ireland and Europe - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Celtic Civilisation (20 Credits):
Required SG1101: Medieval Celtic Literature B - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SG1100: Medieval Celtic Literature A - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SG111: Early & Medieval History of the Celts - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SG116: Celtic Mythology, Religion & Folklore - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Economics (20 Credits):
Required EC1108: Skills for Economics I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC135: Principles of Microeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC136: Principles of Macroeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EC1109: Skills for Economics II - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: English (20 Credits):
Required EN1102: Exploring English - 1BA and Denominated Programmes - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required EN124: Introduction to English 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EN125: Introduction to English 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: French (20 Credits):
Required FR1100: Introduction to French Language and Culture - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required FR1101: Introduction to French Literature in Context - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Gaeilge (20 Credits):
Required NG1105: An Teanga Bheo - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required NG1107: Scéal agus Pobal na Gaeilge - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required NG1106: Litríocht agus Cultúr na Linne - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Geography/Tíreolaíocht (20 Credits):
Required TI150: Principles of Human Geography - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required TI1100: Geography in Practice - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required TI151: Principles of Physical Geography - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: German (Advanced) (20 Credits):
Required GR1102: Skills for studying German (Advanced) - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required GR1100: German Language and Culture (Advanced) - 15 Credits - Semester 1

Optional Subject: German (Beginners) (20 Credits):
Required GR1103: Skills for studying German (Beginners) - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required GR1101: German Language and Culture (Beginners) - 15 Credits - Semester 1

Required Core Subject: History (20 Credits):
Required HISK1101: Skills for Historians (1) - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required HI1103: Europe and Ireland 1789 - 1918 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required HISK1102: Skills for Historians (2) - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required HI1104: Europe: From Medieval to Modern - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Information Technology (20 Credits):
Required CT1120: Algorithms - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CT1101: Programming I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CT1100: Computer Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CT1102: Programming II - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Italian (20 Credits):
Required IT1101: Italy at the movies - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required IT1100: Italian Language and Culture - 15 Credits - Semester 1

Optional Subject: Law (20 Credits):
Required LW103.I: Irish Legal Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required LW3109: Tort Law - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required LW126: Legal Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Léann an Aistriúcháin (20 Credits):
Required LN103: Gnéithe den Aistriúchán - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required LN105: Bunscileanna Aistriúcháin - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required LN1103: Bunscileanna Gramadaí - 10 Credits - Semester 1

Optional Subject: Léann na Cumarsáide (20 Credits):
Required CG1101: Machnamh Criticiúil agus Láithreoireacht - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CG1100: Scéalaíocht Dhigiteach - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CG1105: Bunús na hIriseoireachta - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CG1104: Na Meáin agus an tSochaí - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Mathematics (20 Credits):
Optional MA133: Analysis and Algebra 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MA131: Mathematical Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MA185: Analysis and Algebra 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MA135: Analysis and Algebra 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MA186: Analysis and Algebra 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MA187: Mathematical Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MA208: Quantitative Techniques for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MA1222: Cultures of Mathematics - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Modern Irish Culture Studies: Literature & Music (20 Credits):
Required ISSK1100: Introducing Modern and Contemporary Irish Literature - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required IS1100: Irish Music and Emigration - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required IS1103: Introducing Irish Traditional Music & Dance since 1893 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required IS1104: The Migrant Experience in Modern Irish Writing - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Philosophy (20 Credits):
Required PISK1101: Critical Thinking & Persuasive Writing (Remote Learning) - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PI108: Introduction To Practical Ethics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PI120: Philosophical Questions & Issues - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PI107: Introduction To The History Of Philosophy - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Psychology (20 Credits):
Required PS1103: Introduction to Research Methods and Practical Skills in Psychology - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required PS122: Introductory Psychology 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PS124: Introductory Psychology 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Sociological & Political Studies (20 Credits):
Required SP1118: Practising Sociology and Politics 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SP158: Introduction to Politics & Sociology - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SP1119: Practising Sociology and Politics 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required SP159: Concepts and Practices of Politics & Sociology - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Year 2 (60 Credits)


Required Core Subject: History (60 Credits):
Optional HI166: Ireland in the 1950s - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI295: The American Civil War: Its Causes and Developments - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI465: European Encounters with the Mongols - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI2103: Monarchy & Society in Early 17th Century France - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional CC2103: Mediterranean Origins - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI2130: Medieval Europe C1050-1250 (S1) - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI2110: Making Ireland English: 1580-1665 - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI2132: Religion and Irish Life in the Twentieth Century - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI2123: Life and Death in Victorian Britain - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required LIB2101: Using Archives and Special Collections for Research A - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI262: Medieval Europe C1050-1250 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional HI572: Irish Ideologies and Activists, 1905-1916 - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional HI2125: Global History, 1780-1945 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional HI2113: The Making & Breaking of Britain in the 20th C - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional HI249: Ireland:Economy And Society,1700-1850 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional HI431: French Mobilisation and the Great War, 1914-24 - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional HI2135: Fluxes, Fevers and Fighting Men: Disease and Armies (1489-1856) - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional HI2102: The Modern United States, 1865-2008 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional CC2104: The City-State - 5 Credits - Semester 4

Year 3 (60 Credits)


Required Core Subject: History (60 Credits):
Optional HI3110: European Warfare 1618-1714: Theory and Practice - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI479: Irish Political Thought in the 1930s - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI439: Vichy France - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI484: Slavery and Emancipation in the American South - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI3177: Poland: Patterns of Persecution - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI574.II: Researching, Presenting and Writing History - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI443: State & People in Ireland 1820-1845 - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI3125: Civil War and Society in France, 1562-1598 - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI337: Nazi Germany - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI376: Popular Culture In Pre-Industrial Europe - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI570: Technology and Society 1450-1930 - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI362: Party & Power In 19th & 20th Century British History. - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI3102: The Irish and Colonial Australasia 1788-1901 - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI569: Aristocratic Women in Medieval Europe c.500-1250 - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI3112: The First World War: Transnational perspectives - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI168: Coming to Terms with the Nazi Past - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI574.I: Researching, Presenting and Writing History - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI3121: Famine in Ireland 1845 - 50 - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI3123: Power and Pleasure at Versailles: The Reign of Louis XIV of France, 1661-1715 - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI328: The Northern Ireland Problem - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required HI457: Dissertation - 20 Credits - Semester 6

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Why Choose this course?

Tailored Pathways for Study and Career

The BA History is a unique programme taught by leading experts in History and offers students choice and flexibility in what and how they study.

Its pathways enable students to combine their study of History with complementary subjects, so that they will gain a range of knowledge as well as valuable skills for careers in international development, the diplomatic and civil service, NGOs, journalism, publishing, marketing and media, the heritage industry, and education.

 

The Third Year: Study Abroad, Placements and Special Studies

In the third year of the programme, most students will spend a semester studying abroad at an international university, on a work placement relevant to their pathway (for example, an archive, heritage centre, NGO or media company) or taking special studies in one of their subjects.

The university has international links with European and American universities where students can study History and their other subject(s). Adjusting to life in another country and its university system is a formative experience and students will gain skills that are desirable for many employment areas. They will be able to show independence and maturity, and to provide evidence of commitment and adaptability to future employers.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,738 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€16,216 p.a. 2021/22

*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy

Student Levy:
  €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here https://su.nuigalway.ie/

Find out More

History Department, School of History and Philosophy
E sohap@nuigalway.ie

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
T 353 (0)91 493958
collegearts@nuigalway.ie
  
www.nuigalway.ie/arts/


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Jakob

Jakob McKernan |   BA (History)

I enjoyed History at school, so studying History at university seemed like a natural progression. The variety of courses in History at NUIG really appealed to me, and allowed me to discover a particular interest in modern European History. Having chosen to study History as a single subject for my degree I benefited from small class sizes, which allowed lecturers to offer guidance on an individual basis. Having access to lecturers with diverse research interests helped me to realise the wealth of career opportunities available to me…I quickly realised that my history study, in particular modules that focused on state formation in Europe from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, had provided me with a great foundation from which to study international relations. I have just begun my Masters in International Relations at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands. Given the interdisciplinary nature of international relations, History has proven to be the perfect background from which to begin my masters.

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