Studying history helps us understand how our past has shaped our present - the political and economic institutions, cultures, societies and ideas of our own country and others across the world. It's not just about learning what happened - but how and why it happened, and why history matters to us.
Our students in History take a variety of modules in British, European, American and world history from 1500 to the present day. We also offer modules in heritage studies and cutting-edge training in digital history. You will be taught by experts in their field, and we pride ourselves in research-led teaching. In the 2019 Guardian League tables, we are listed 30/96.
Through workshops, lectures, seminars, one-to-one discussions with your tutor and visits to historical sites, you'll study a wide range of historical debates and sources.
As well as assessing your essays, presentations, blogs, log-books and exams, we also give you the option of writing a dissertation based on your research. Many students find it's the most rewarding achievement of their degree.
We also offer a work placement module, giving you real-world experience with museums, local archives, local history and community groups and projects.
The History group are keen on presenting their research in innovative ways. Here we collaborated with Twisted Events theatre company to put on a play in pubs in Hertford and London, based on 18th century trials from our Old Bailey Online project.
Find out more about the History staff at the University of Hertfordshire.