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B.A. Honors History

What is History?

History is about people. Studying History means studying lives, events, and ideas in times and places often very different from our own. History embraces everything from the rise and fall of empires, or the birth of new ideologies, to the contrasting everyday lives of people in a whole range of settings, across time and across the globe. Studying History means developing critical skills, learning to express your ideas and arguments clearly, and becoming self-directed in your studies.

History: The course for you?

History is a subject for the intellectually curious. It offers an enormous diversity of subjects to explore, questions to ponder and problems to resolve. The History modules at Trinity allow you to study a remarkable range of types of history – whether cultural or political history, military or social history, environmental history or the history of ideas – from the early Middle Ages to the very recent past. We offer survey modules allowing you to grasp the broad patterns in history, specialist modules where you can study topics of particular interest to you in small classes, and opportunities for you to pursue your own independent research.

History at Trinity

The History Department at Trinity offers a remarkably broad range of discipline options for its size. The four-year program allows students to lay firm foundations in the first two years, with wide-ranging modules on medieval and modern history, Irish, European, American, environmental and global history, as well as on historical methods and approaches. The final two years of the program allow students the chance to study several specialist modules in-depth and to undertake independent research on a subject of their own choice. The breadth and depth of study in this program is unique in Ireland and has few rivals internationally.

Trinity is a leading university internationally for the study of History. Our staff has published extensively in the fields of Irish, British, European and American history. We take special pride in the small-group teaching which characterizes the final two years of study in particular, and for being a department that places student learning at the center of its values.

Pathways

The pathways available are Single Honors, Major with Minor and Joint Honors. Click here for further information.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

Over many decades History graduates (Single Honors and Joint Honors) have pursued successful careers in a wide range of areas. These include accountancy, advertising, banking, broadcasting, arts and heritage administration, human resources, journalism, law, public administration, public relations, management, marketing, publishing and teaching. Our graduates work for such organizations as the Irish Times, the Law Society of Ireland, Oxfam, IBEC, the American Chamber of Commerce, RTÉ, Google, the United Nations, and Accenture. The diversity of careers reflects the wide array of skills amassed by students undertaking a degree in History at Trinity.

Do you enjoy it…

  • Undertaking your own research into historical questions?
  • Reading widely and critically?
  • Expressing and debating your ideas in essays, presentations and class discussion?

Your degree and what you’ll study

The History program combines the strength of a broad-based programme in the first two years, introducing all students to the sheer diversity of historical studies, with the freedom to explore areas of particular interest to individual students in the final two years.

The first and second years provide a range of modules covering medieval and modern periods, including Irish, European, and American history, as well as some modules exploring the skills and methods which historians use, and the kinds of debates in which historians engage. Teaching is not only in lectures but in small group tutorials.

All students will have an opportunity to undertake a group project in their second year, undertaking research as a team. The third and fourth years offer a wide range of choice in more specialist modules, all taught by staff with expertise in that field.

There is the opportunity to concentrate on those parts of history which interest you most in the final year Capstone project, an independent project which many students find the most rewarding part of their degree programme.

First and second years

Single Honors students take modules in Medieval and Early Modern Irish and European history in first year, as well as modules to introduce the methods and approaches historians use in their studies.

In second year, students take modules in Modern Irish and Modern European History, in U.S. History and in Global History.

They also take modules exploring how history has been interpreted and presented, not just by professional historians but within popular culture, and they take part in a year-long small group project. Joint Honors students also take part in the group project in second year, and select from the period-specific modules to make up the History component of their studies.

Third and fourth years

We offer a range of topics within two different categories:

List I (Special Subject) modules: These are specialist modules which involve intensive research and writing based on primary sources. Some examples include:

  • Medieval Marriage
  • Europe Reformed, 1540-1600
  • American Politics and Culture, 1939-1989
  • Ireland, Modernity and Empire
  • China 1911-1949
  • The French Revolution, 1789-1799

List II modules: These are broader thematic and analytical modules. Some will have a particular focus on historiography; on how different historians have tried to understand a period or problem.

Some examples include:

  • Race and ethnicity in American thought since 1940
  • Medieval Globetrotters: Exploration and World Conquest in the Age of the Black Death
  • Atlantic Island: Eighteenth-Century Ireland in Oceanic Perspective
  • Global Crisis: Environmental Disasters in World History
  • German Empires at War, 1914-1945
  • The Troubles, 1968-1998; From Civil Rights to the Good Friday Agreement

In any given year there will be a variety of types of history on offer – including political, social, cultural, environmental or intellectual history – ranging in time from Early Medieval Ireland to the post-1945 world, and including Irish, European, American and Asian history modules.

For full details on all our modules see:https://www.tcd.ie/history/undergraduate/single-honors.php. Students are assessed through both examinations and coursework in each year of the program. In the third and fourth years, the balance is approximately 50% exams and 50% continuous assessment.

Study abroad

The Department of History has Erasmus exchange agreements with a wide range of European universities including the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), the Sorbonne (Paris), the University of Vienna and Charles University in Prague. The Department also has an exchange agreement with the University of Tokyo, and students of History can also arrange for a year abroad in other countries, notably the U.S.A., Australia, and Canada, where some recent examples would include the University of California, the University of Sydney or McGill University (Montreal).

Intakes

  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 60

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

If you are an international student studying at Trinity, you might be considering internship and graduate work in Ireland, in your home country, or elsewhere. This section provides information for Non EU students on working in Ireland during and after your studies. For information and resources to support an international job search, see our Devex resource which includes international job search advice and information.

Employers value candidates who have more to offer than a good degree with high grades. They look for students who are well rounded and who have experience outside the classroom. Search for and take advantage of opportunities to gain experience, develop your skill set, and gain a clearer picture of what you like and don't like in terms of career options.

For example, you can get involved in some of the many student clubs and societies in college, volunteer or get a part time job. Remember that voluntary work is as valuable as paid work on your CV or resume - it's a great way to demonstrate your skills to future employers. Have a look at the TCD Civic Engagement website and check out volunteering opportunities in Ireland and abroad.

PSW Opportunity

2 Year

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • General Entry Requirements
  • Class XII – ISC, CBSE
  • 80-90% in six subjects at XII depending on course (or 5 at Grade XII and 1 at Grade X) Mathematics up to Grade X

International Baccalaureate

  • 3 subjects at Grade 5 (Higher Level)
  • 3 subjects at Grade 4 (Standard Level),
  • including English & Maths
  • 32 to 40 points, depending on course

A-levels

  • 4 A2 or best 3 A2 plus one AS
  • Pass in English & Maths
  • *75% or above / HL Mathematics required
  • at Class XII level for Computer Science,Engineering, Science and Mathematics courses

*Additional requirements may apply for some courses

  • English Language Proficienc Test
  • IELTS - 6.5 (No individual band below 6)
  • TOEFL - 90 (Written score 21)
  • PTE Score -63 (No section below 59)

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