Course Overview

The English and History Degree Programme in Carlow College has been running since 2009. It is an exciting and challenging four year degree programme which enables students to engage in the study of the English language and its literature and to explore the fascinating history of Ireland, Europe and the wider world. Lecturers are highly qualified experts in their fields and deliver a programme that is varied and thought-provoking.

A unique feature of this programme it that for the first two years students have the opportunity to select a number of modules from the wider menu of the Humanities programme, such as Philosophy, Psychology and Theology.

The programme appeals to school leavers and mature students alike. For a testimonial by a mature student, please click here

English Component

From the genius of Shakespeare to the dark imagination of Emily Bronte, students of English at Carlow College embark on an adventure through some of the greatest works of literature ever written. The English course explores writing from the medieval period right through to the modern world and will bring you on a journey from urban Ireland all the way to the islands of the Caribbean. English modules include ‘Modern Irish Writing’, ‘Romanticism’, ‘Gothic Fiction’, ‘Modern Drama’, ‘The Victorians’, ‘Existentialist Literature’ and ‘World Literatures’.

History Component

Our modules offer students the opportunity to explore ancient, medieval, early modern and modern history through a range of exciting survey and specialist courses. There are opportunities for in-depth study in comparative history, women’s history, local history and twentieth-century history. Modules include ‘Medieval Ireland 1100-1500’, ‘Women in Reformation Europe’, ‘Transatlantic Revolutions’, ‘Ireland 1891-1923’ and ‘Nazi Germany, World War II and the European Jews’. Whatever your interests, you will find modules to suit you as well as opportunities to discover new enthusiasms.

Course Details

Programme Code: PC411

Duration: 4 Years

Level: 8


What students of the English & History Programme had to say...

The standard of lecturing on the English and History Degree would be difficult to beat. In fact, all the staff of Carlow College including those in the dining hall, the library, the administration have been most helpful to me.

Patricia Foley - Graduate

My studies in English and History have enabled me to appreciate and understand how world events have influenced literature and art. Art, literature and history help us make sense of how we live our lives.

Bridget Flannery Graduate

There is a lot of support given to students on the English and History degree and it really helps to build your confidence when you're starting a degree programme.

Jamie Lawlor English & History, Year 4

As a mature student returning to education, I found that the outstanding lecturers at Carlow College restored my confidence, inspired my imagination, fuelled my brain and paved my way to broader horizons and an exciting future.

Amanda Pitcairn - class of '14, pursuing a MA at TCD