Entry Points (2018)
301

Course Overview

History is about the study and interpretation of past events and their significance for understanding ourselves and our contemporary world. The BA in History is a single honours or denominated degree, which means that students take only History for second year and for the final year of the programme.

In first year, students follow the BA (Omnibus) programme, combining History with two other subjects. You should choose these subjects carefully. Consider taking subjects that complement History, for example, a language, or a subject such as English, Classics or Archaeology, which will prove useful in providing you with reading sources, collating facts and developing a good writing style.

In the second and final years of the programme, a more specialized focus on historical subjects is provided. A range of modules relating to Ireland, Europe, America and the wider world is provided, with most available in both Irish and English. Teaching is in a mixture of small groups, lecture classes and seminars. In final year, a research dissertation based on primary sources is required.

Between second year and third year, students may elect to do a year abroad on the Erasmus programme.


Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Grades in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements

None
Duration

3 years (BA Degree), 4 years (BA International)

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades (2018)

nuigalway.ie/alevels

Average intake

60

Closing Date

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

GY105

Course code

Course Outline

Year 1

  • War and Society in the time of the Great War
  • War and Society in the Age of the French Revolution (with special tutorial for BA in History students)
  • Weekend field trip to continental historical site 

Year 2

  • Colloquia (special subject small group module)
  • Choose lectures from:
    • Ancient
    • Medieval
    • Early Modern
    • Modern
  • History students have a wide range of choices within these areas.

 Year 3

  • Dissertation (research project)
  • Seminar (special subject small group module)
  • Choose lectures from:
    • Ancient
    • Medieval
    • Early Modern
    • Modern
  • History students have a wide range of choices within these areas.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Subject
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Year 1 (60 Credits)


Optional Subject: Archaeology (20 Credits):
Required AR113: Prehistoric Ireland & Europe - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required AR1102: Recording Monuments in the Landscape - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required AR1104: Material Culture and Museums - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required AR1105: Medieval Ireland and Europe - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Celtic Civilisation (20 Credits):
Required SG1101: Medieval Celtic Literature B - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SG1100: Medieval Celtic Literature A - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SG111: Early & Medieval History of the Celts - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SG116: Celtic Mythology, Religion & Folklore - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Classics (20 Credits):
Required CC114: Written Words & Spoken Languages in the Ancient World - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CC108: Myth & Religion in the Ancient City - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CC1100: Classics in 20 Objects - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CC109: Rome & the Genesis of Europe - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Economics (20 Credits):
Required EC1108: Skills for Economics I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC135: Principles of Microeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC136: Principles of Macroeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EC1109: Skills for Economics II - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: English (20 Credits):
Required EN1100: Approaches to the Study of Literature - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EN126: Introduction to English 3 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EN124: Introduction to English 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EN125: Introduction to English 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: French (20 Credits):
Required FR1100: Introduction to French Language and Culture - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required FR1101: Introduction to French Literature in Context - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Gaeilge (20 Credits):
Required NG1105: An Teanga Bheo - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required NG1107: Scéal agus Pobal na Gaeilge - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required NG1106: Litríocht agus Cultúr na Linne - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Geography/Tireolaiocht (20 Credits):
Required TI150: Principles of Human Geography - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required TI1100: Geography in Practice - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required TI151: Principles of Physical Geography - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: German (Advanced) (20 Credits):
Required GR1102: Skills for studying German (Advanced) - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required GR1100: German Language and Culture (Advanced) - 15 Credits - Semester 1

Optional Subject: German (Beginners) (20 Credits):
Required GR1103: Skills for studying German (Beginners) - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required GR1101: German Language and Culture (Beginners) - 15 Credits - Semester 1

Required Core Subject: History (20 Credits):
Required HISK1101: Skills for Historians (1) - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required HI1103: Europe and Ireland 1789 - 1918 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required HISK1102: Skills for Historians (2) - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required HI1104: Europe: From Medieval to Modern - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Information Technology (20 Credits):
Required CT1120: Algorithms - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CT1101: Programming I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CT1100: Computer Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CT1102: Programming II - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Irish Studies (Literature and Music) (20 Credits):
Required ISSK1100: Introducing Modern and Contemporary Irish Literature - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required IS1100: Irish Music and Emigration - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required IS122: Performing Ireland 1:Traditional Irish Music & Dance since 1893 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required IS124: Writing Ireland 2: The Migrant Experience in Modern Irish Writing - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Italian (20 Credits):
Required IT1101: Italy at the movies - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required IT1100: Italian Language and Culture - 15 Credits - Semester 1

Optional Subject: Law (20 Credits):
Required LW103.I: Irish Legal Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required LW3109: Tort Law - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required LW126: Legal Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Léann an Aistriúcháin (20 Credits):
Required LN103: Gnéithe den Aistriúchán - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required LN105: Bunscileanna Aistriúcháin - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required LN1103: Bunscileanna Gramadaí - 10 Credits - Semester 1

Optional Subject: Léann na Cumarsáide (20 Credits):
Required CG1101: Machnamh Criticiúil agus Láithreoireacht - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CG1100: Scéalaíocht Dhigiteach - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CG1105: Bunús na hIriseoireachta - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CG1104: Na Meáin agus an tSochaí - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Mathematics (20 Credits):
Optional MA133: Analysis and Algebra 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MA134: Anailís agus Algéabar 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MA131: Mathematical Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MA185: Analysis and Algebra 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MA132: Scileanna Matamaiticiúla - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MA208: Quantitative Techniques for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MA135: Analysis and Algebra 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MA136: Anailís agus Algéabar 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MA186: Analysis and Algebra 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MA187: Mathematical Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MA1222: Cultures of Mathematics - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Philosophy (20 Credits):
Required PISK1100: Critical Thinking & Persuasive Writing - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PI108: Introduction To Practical Ethics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PI120: Philosophical Questions & Issues - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PI1100: Philosophical Perspectives: A History of Western and Eastern Thought - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Psychology (20 Credits):
Required PS122: Introductory Psychology 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PS1100: Critical and Collaborative Thinking - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PS124: Introductory Psychology 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required PS137: Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Sociological & Political Studies (20 Credits):
Required SP1100: Practising Sociology and Politics - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required SP158: Introduction to Politics & Sociology - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SP159: Concepts and Practices of Politics & Sociology - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Year 2 (60 Credits)


Required Core Subject: History (60 Credits):
Optional HI166: Ireland in the 1950s - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI494: British Social Movements Since 1945: Sex, Colour, Peace and Power - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI295: The American Civil War: Its Causes and Developments - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI211: Medieval Ireland 5th-9th Century - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI2110: Making Ireland English: 1580-1665 - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI465: European Encounters with the Mongols - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI267: Reformation Europe - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI2123: Life and Death in Victorian Britain - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI2116: Religion and Irish Life in 20th Century Ireland - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required LIB2101: Using Archives and Special Collections for Research A - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI2103: Monarchy & Society in Early 17th Century France - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional HI262: Medieval Europe C1050-1250 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional HI572: Irish Ideologies and Activists, 1905-1916 - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional HI2125: Global History, 1780-1945 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional HI2121: Studies in Modern History 1 - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional HI229: Medieval Europe 5th - 9th Century - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional HI2113: The Making & Breaking of Britain in the 20th C - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional HI249: Ireland:Economy And Society,1700-1850 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional HI170: Europe, 1918-1989 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional HI2100: Ireland in a Global Context, 1922-2002 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional CCS201: Studies in the Ancient Imagination - 5 Credits - Semester 4

Year 3 (60 Credits)


Required Core Subject: History (60 Credits):
Optional HI3110: European Warfare 1618-1714: Theory and Practice - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI479: Irish Political Thought in the 1930s - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI3101: Of Rice & Men: Aid and Humanitarianism since 1945 - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI3125: Civil War and Society in France, 1562-1598 - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI3115: Poverty, Crime and Institutions, Europe 1780-1914 - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI3100: Brave New World: Globalisation since 1945 - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI439: Vichy France - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI579: From Beveridge to Thatcher: Politics, society, economy&welfare in Britain, 48-92 - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI571: Law and Society in Early Medieval Ireland (c. AD 500- c. AD800) - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI484: Slavery and Emancipation in the American South - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI165: Life In Urban Galway from the Act of Union to the Anglo-Irish Treaty - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HI570: Technology and Society 1450-1930 - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI3123: Power and Pleasure at Versailles: The Reign of Louis XIV of France, 1661-1715 - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI3126: Labour radicalism in the Anglophone world, c.1900-1939 - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI585: Debates and Controversies in European Women's History, 1780-1939 - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI362: Party & Power In 19th & 20th Century British History. - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI3102: The Irish and Colonial Australasia 1788-1901 - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI569: Aristocratic Women in Medieval Europe c.500-1250 - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Required HI457: Dissertation - 20 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI3121: Famine in Ireland 1845 - 50 - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI167: Power and Conflict in Northern Ireland, 1963-1972 - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI578: Children and the State in Ireland, 1838 - 2011 - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI3112: The First World War: Transnational perspectives - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HI488: Labour in Irish Society & Politics, c. 1760-1960 - 5 Credits - Semester 6

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The BA in History is a qualification well suited to a range of career paths and an avenue to further training of a more vocational nature. It provides an excellent foundation for careers in public administration, journalism, teaching and education, libraries, community work, heritage, management, industrial relations, the civil service and government, development agencies and various international organisations. For those considering an academic career in History, this programme provides particular advantages and attractions.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2018/19
EU Fees 2018/19:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

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What Our Students Say

Pádraig

Pádraig de Brún |   BA (History)

As a mature student any doubts about returning to university life simply evaporated in the welcoming atmosphere on NUI Galway campus. Friends were easily made and the staff were solicitous and helpful. The History Department excelled in their First Year syllabus. It seamlessly combined the Irish and European experiences in The Age of the Great War (Semester 1) and The Age of the French Revolution (Semester 2) to provide comprehensive analyses of the respective periods.