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English and French

For this course, you will divide your time equally between the two subjects and have the opportunity to spend the third year of your degree in a French-speaking country. Your studies will enable you to work with academics in one of the country's leading English departments and with a French department renowned for its expertise in all major periods from medieval times to the present. Both departments are highly ranked for their research. The English department will ensure that you develop your knowledge of literature in English from the earliest period to the present day whilst also introducing you to theoretical and critical ways of thinking about literature. Your intellectual development will be furthered by your studies in French language and literature and by your detailed engagement with the rich cultural traditions of France and the Francophile world.

English and German

This course offers the opportunity to combine English with the study of German language and literature. You will divide your time equally between the two subjects and spend the third year abroad in a German-speaking country. Your studies will enable you to work with academics in one of the country’s leading English departments and to study literary from a range of different genres and time periods. Your study of German and Germany will ensure that you have a detailed knowledge and understanding of a country and language that remains central to historical, cultural, political and economic developments in Europe. While your work in the English department will enable you to engage with literature and theory, you will discover that your language skills, under the guidance of the German department will undergo a continuous development and refinement. Both elements of your degree will work in tandem to hone your critical skills and knowledge of literature, history, culture and language.

English and Italian

This course offers the opportunity to combine English with the study of Italian language and literature. The English department is among the most highly ranked in the country. Equally renowned for its teaching and research, the Italian department dates back to the foundation of Bedford College in 1849 and is one of the UK's oldest and largest. For your degree, you will divide your time equally between the two subjects and spend the third year in Italy. Your studies in the English department will enable you to read and debate texts drawn from the many different genres and across different time periods. In addition to challenging you to think critically about English, you will, with the guidance of the Italian department, also develop your language skills to their full potential. Through an exploration of a wide variety of Italian literature, the curriculum allows you to immerse yourself in traditional areas of Italian studies – including Dante and Renaissance art and literature – as well as choose from an exciting range of subjects such as operatic culture, cinema and art, contemporary prose, modern media, history and politics. Both elements of your degree will combine to ensure that you experience the benefits of a dynamic and stimulating environment in which to explore language, literature and culture.

English and Latin

Your degree will enable you to work with scholars in departments renowned for their teaching and research. The English component of your degree will provide you with the opportunity to study poetry, plays and fiction from different historical periods, as well as developing your critical understanding of a diverse range of texts. This aspect of your degree will ensure that you have both the knowledge and the skill to debate—both within the seminars and in your own essay writing—the many facets that go to create a vibrant literary culture. The Latin component of your degree provides insights not only into ancient culture but also into the workings of language in general. Building on the competence you have gained in your A’ level study, this part of the course is designed to ensure that you reach your full potential with your work in Latin. As you focus on Latin texts in the original, you will be struck, not only by the beauty of the language but by the many ways in which it resonates with the literature and culture that comes after. Taken together, both elements of your degree combine to ensure that you are immersed in a dynamic and stimulating environment and that this will enable you to develop to the full your intellectual potential.

English and Spanish

This course offers the opportunity to combine English with the study of Spanish language and literature. You will divide your time equally between the two subjects and spend the third year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. Your studies will enable you to work with academics in one of the country’s leading English departments and to study literature from a full range of different genres and time periods. Your study of Spanish will develop your language skills to their full potential while ensuring that you have a detailed knowledge and understanding of the fascinating literature and cultures of the Hispanic world. This element of your degree includes the opportunity to study with renowned academics, whose expertise covers a diverse range of topics from language and translation to film, the visual arts and popular culture. The department has an increasing number of links to universities across Spain and Latin America. Both elements of your degree are designed to hone your critical skills and your knowledge of literature, history, culture and language. 

Year 1

In the first year of your degree, in the Department of English, you will study the full unit (both terms), EN1107 Re-Orienting the Novel, and the half units EN1011 Thinking as a Critic (Term 1) and EN1112 Introducing English Poetry (Term 2). Please note that in the second year of your joint honours degree you will choose between studying EN1106 Shakespeare or EN1001 Medieval Literature in the English Department. Students must also take the equivalent of two units in Modern Languages, as specified by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Year 2

In their second year, students must complete either EN1106: Shakespeare or EN1001: Medieval Literature (descriptions of these courses can be found on the Single Honours English page). Students must also take the equivalent of one second-year full unit in English as well as the equivalent of two full units in Modern Languages, as specified by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  

For a full listing of course options in the English Department, please see Current Course Options.

N.B.  In either their second or third year, students must take one half unit focusing on literature from before 1780 (i.e. Medieval or Renaissance, but excluding Shakespeare).

Year 3

In their third year, students do a year of study abroad. The Period of Residence Abroad (PRA) is a fully integral part of all BA degrees involving French, German, Italian or Hispanic Studies as a principal subject, and one on which your academic progression depends. In addition to its considerable benefits to your language skills, the experience of living abroad is of immense value in terms of your broader intellectual, professional and personal development.

For specific information, please consult the Year Abroad page in the Department of Modern Languages as well as the dedicated PRA page.

Year 4

In their fourth year, students must take one unit from the following:  Special Author Project; Special Topic; Dissertation.  (To be entered for the dissertation, students must achieve an average of 63% or higher in their second year.)  In their third year, students must also take the equivalent of one third-year unit in English and the equivalent of two third-year units of Modern Languages, as specified by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

For a full range of Special Author Projects and Special Topics in the English Department, please see Current Course Options.

N.B.  In either their second or third year, students must take one half unit focusing on literature from before 1780 (i.e. Medieval or Renaissance, but excluding Shakespeare).

  
 
 
 

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