Bachelor of Arts (History)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

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Studying History

Course overview

History is about the study and interpretation of past events and their significance for understanding ourselves and our contemporary world. The BA in History is a single honours or denominated degree, which means that students take only History for second year and for the final year of the programme.

In first year, students follow the BA (Omnibus) programme, combining History with three other subjects. You should choose these subjects carefully. Consider taking subjects that complement History, for example, a language, or a subject such as English, Classics or Archaeology, which will prove useful in providing you with reading sources, collating facts and developing a good writing style.

In the second and final years of the programme, a more specialized focus on historical subjects is provided. A range of modules relating to Ireland, Europe, America and the wider world is provided, with most available in both Irish and English. Teaching is in a mixture of small groups, lecture classes and seminars. In final year, a research dissertation based on primary sources is required.

Between second year and third year, students may elect to do a year abroad on the Erasmus programme.


Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional requirements

None

Duration: 3 years

Next start date: September 2014

Entry points(2013): range 305 - 445

A Level Grades (2013): BCC (A Level) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 15

Course outline

Year 1

  • War and Society in the time of the Great War
  • War and Society in the Age of the French Revolution (with special tutorial for BA in History students)
  • Weekend field trip to continental historical site

 

Year 2

  • Colloquia (special subject small group module)
  • Choose lectures from:
    • Ancient
    • Medieval
    • Early Modern
    • Modern
  • History students have a wide range of choices within these areas.

 

Year 3

  • Dissertation (research project)
  • Seminar (special subject small group module)
  • Choose lectures from:
    • Ancient
    • Medieval
    • Early Modern
    • Modern
  • History students have a wide range of choices within these areas.

Find out more

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
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www.nuigalway.ie/arts/

CAO code

GY105

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €5,822 p.a. 2013/14 (Inclusive of Levy & SCC)
 - Tuition: €3,098 p.a. 2013/14
 - Student contribution: €2,500 p.a. 2013/14
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2013/14
Non-EU (Total): €12,750 p.a. 2013/14

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Past Students

Pádraig de Brún;

BA (History);

"As a mature student any doubts about returning to university life simply evaporated in the welcoming atmosphere on NUI Galway campus. Friends were easily made and the staff were solicitous and helpful. The History Department excelled in their First Year syllabus. It seamlessly combined the Irish and European experiences in The Age of the Great War (Semester 1) and The Age of the French Revolution (Semester 2) to provide comprehensive analyses of the respective periods."