Our BA Spanish and History course enables you to explore various periods and themes in history, as well develop a high level of expertise in spoken and written Spanish.
Join our friendly and dynamic Department of Languages and Cultures, which offers the opportunity to study in a lively, multilingual community with staff and students from all over the world. We offer a flexible and supportive approach to learning that allows you to tailor your degree to your interests, including the opportunity to learn other languages.
Through this course you will become confident and highly skilled in written and spoken Spanish. You will master the fundamental elements of the language, to the point where you will graduate with a near-native command of it. Direct access to expert staff for help and feedback ensures you develop your language skills to the best of your ability.
In Spanish, you can study a wide range of optional modules in Spanish and Latin American culture, history, literature, politics and film with staff who are internationally recognised experts. These include comprehensive first-year modules including Icons of Spain and Latin America and Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Culture; second-year modules including Literature and Society in the Modern Hispanic World and Culture and Revolution in Modern Latin America; and final-year modules including Memory, Dictatorship and Cultural Resistance in the Southern Cone, Writers and Publishers in Spain and Testimonial Writing from Modern Latin America.
The Department of History's expertise covers a wide range of geographies and periods. Your first year acts as an introduction and will help you to identify your particular areas of interest. You will discover a thousand years of history whilst experiencing all the specialist areas on offer at the University of Reading, including Britain, Europe, Africa, America, the Middle East and South Asia. You can explore people, politics and revolution and we will teach you the skills you need to truly study and research history.
You will spend up to a year in a Spanish-speaking country, studying at a partner institution, undertaking a work placement or working as a British Council language teaching assistant. This allows you to immerse yourself in the culture and develop your language to a high level. The core language module in the second year will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to work and live abroad.