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BA History

Students doing a degree in history at the LSE study the full range of modern international history.

BA History 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.

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.

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

Read more about programme regulations for 2020/21.