Undergraduate Study

 

Undergraduate Study

At the International History Department we offer two undergraduate degrees:

i) BA in History
ii) BSc in International Relations and History

i) BA in History

Students doing a degree in History at the LSE study the full range of modern international history available at the LSE. Courses span from the fifteenth century to the twenty-first century, giving students an understanding of the forces that have shaped the past and those that are shaping the world we live in today.

During their time at the LSE, students can pursue their own intellectual interests, whether they be in the rise and fall of early modern empires in Asia and Latin America; the rise of China, Japan and Korea since the nineteenth century; nationalism in Southeast Europe; or the international conflicts that still affect our world today. For a full list of the courses offered in the Department, please see Undergraduate Course Guides|.

Over the course of the degree, students move from broad, survey courses in their first year, to specialised courses that analyse primary documents in their third year. Final year students write a 10,000 word dissertation using archival materials. For full details on what courses students can take at each stage of their degree, please see Undergraduate Programmes: BA History|.

The degree places a strong emphasis on developing analytical skills, with a focus on discerning historiographical opinions, interrogating sources, and developing arguments.

ii) BSc in International Relations and History

Students who wish to complement the in-depth understanding of the complex unfolding of historical events with a theoretical perspective on how international society is organised can take a degree in International Relations and History.

Students taking a degree in IR and History take an equal number of courses from each of the two departments. History courses range from relations between Muslims, Christians and Jews in early modern Spain to the Russian Revolution, from the rise and fall of the British Empire in India, to the Cold War. For a full list of the courses we offer, please see: Undergraduate Course Guides|.

As part of this degree, students take three required courses in International Relations: The Structure of International Society, Foreign Policy Analysis, and International Organisations. Final year students have the option of writing a 10,000 word History dissertation. For full details on what courses students can take at each stage of their degree, please see BSc International Relations and History|.

The degree places a strong emphasis on developing analytical skills, with a focus on discerning academic opinions, interrogating sources, and developing arguments.

You can also study history in other departments at the LSE:

Economic History| 

Economic History with Economics|

Government and History|

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