Why Economic History?
Economic History is a unique discipline and the perfect course for anyone interested in the intersection between economics and history. I love its regional focus, which has allowed me to explore countries beyond what I had encountered at school. I particularly enjoyed EH211 in second year, which focused on Africa and particularly how path dependent legacies persist in the modern world. Learning this amongst the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement highlighted to me the importance of economic history as a discipline.
The programme also allows you to explore options in different departments at LSE. In my first year, I took a course in the history department on the History of the Extra-European world because I had mostly studied Western history at school. On the other hand, I have friends who have tried courses in marketing and geography, for example. This is exactly why I have enjoyed my time at LSE- being part of a renowned social sciences institution full of diverse and curious people.
Finally, you write a 10,000-word dissertation in your third year, which can be on either social or economic history. I have a particular interest in health and women's history and looked at the nineteenth century development of gynaecology operations. The foundations I learnt in EH237 about archival research really helped to transform my research. Also, my supervisor is a specialist in health history which has helped to expand my research significantly. There is so much support available, so you never feel on your own.
All in all, in a world with increasingly questionable news sources and disparate information, Hoping to use my problem-solving skills in my career, I am excited to start my career at KPMG as a graduate consultant.
The Economic History department is fantastic and their support, both academically and pastorally, is unparalleled. In my second year at LSE, I particularly enjoyed EH237, where I got to know my Economic History peers closely through collaborative work and trips to the London Metropolitan Archives, as well as LSE’s very own archives. The department is fully invested in your development and has been there every step of the way.
Having grown up in London, I was sure I had already experienced all London had to offer. However, very soon after I started LSE, I realised I was wrong! The great thing about being in London is there is always something going on, whether that be social events, careers, or educational opportunities.
Throughout my time at LSE, I’ve been involved in LSE Netball, having been a member of the exec committee for 2 years. I’ve also worked part-time throughout my studies as an LSE student ambassador and Gym Assistant at LSE gym.
Uni is an exciting time and my best advice is to make the most of all the opportunities available to you.