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Humanities & Social Studies options

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This page offers additional information for any prospective students thinking of studying a degree in Humanities and Social Studies.

These degree subjects have been designed to offer a wide range of options to our students. BA students can study additional subjects in their first year.

Which Academic Schools teach Humanities & Social Studies?

Humanities and Social Studies degrees are taught by the following Academic Schools at Cardiff:

BA Degrees

Year One

You will normally study three subjects in Year One. If you choose to do a Single Honours degree programme, you will study your chosen subject plus two additional subjects in your first year.

If you choose to do a Joint Honours degree programme, you will study your chosen subjects plus one other subject in your first year. There are some exceptions to this e.g. students taking Japanese and another foreign language spend half of their time in the first year studying each language.

You should be aware that an academic school may strongly recommend an especially appropriate second subject for a particular degree programme.

Subject options in Year One

Your three subjects for Year One can be chosen from any listed in groups A-H below, but you can choose only one subject from each group.

GROUP A Subject Code
English Literature I EL
Politics PO
Ancient (Hellenistic) Greek AHG
Classical Hebrew CH
Sanskrit SA
Maths α MA
GROUP B Subject code
Education # ED
History Ω ** HI
English Literature II CC
Maths β MA
GROUP C Subject code
French FR
Religious Studies RS
Communication CO
GROUP D Subject code
Ancient History AH
Economics EC
English Language LC
Theological Studies ThS
GROUP E Subject code
German GE
Philosophy PH
Welsh A (Route 1) WA1
Welsh A (Route 2) + WA2
GROUP F Subject code
Archaeology A AA
Music MU
Spanish SP
Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies Ω JFM
GROUP G Subject code
History Ω * HI
Italian IT
Medieval and Renaissance English Literature MREL
Sociology #
Maths α MA
GROUP H Subject code
Welsh A (Route 1) WA1
Welsh A (Route 2) + WA2
Welsh B ^ WB3
Archaeology B AB
Japanese JA
Maths β MA

Key

α Core maths modules
β Maths options
For those with Welsh as a first language
+ For those with Welsh as a second language
^ Beginners' Welsh
Ω Owing to timetabling constraints History and Journalism cannot be taken together.
# Some students may be unable to take Education or Sociology as an additional subject owing to timetabling constraints.
* History modules HS1104 and HS1110
** History modules HS1101, HS1105 and HS1107

Year Two and Final Year

In Year Two and the Final Year you continue to study the Single or Joint Honours subject(s) you originally chose when applying through UCAS. Providing that you have achieved the necessary academic requirements and have obtained approval from the heads of the appropriate academic school(s), you may be able to change your degree programme selection. For example, you may be able to change from Single to Joint Honours or vice versa, or continue to study one or both of your additional subjects from Year One.

Transfer to BScEcon

It is possible to transfer to a BScEcon degree at the end of Year One. To do so, you must normally have studied the relevant subject(s) in Year One and obtained the approval of the head of the appropriate School.

BScEcon Degrees

Year One

You study six double modules chosen from the modules offered in the subject areas listed below. To continue to Single Honours or Joint Honours level, you are normally required to take certain core modules in Year One. Details and guidance are available from the relevant academic school.

Subject options in Year One

  • Cultural Criticism
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English Language
  • European Union Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Welsh A (Route 1) - for those with Welsh as a first language
  • Welsh A (Route 2) - for those with Welsh as a second language
  • Welsh B - Beginners' Welsh

BScEcon Single Honours degree programmes

Year Two and Final Year

In Year Two and the Final Year, you continue to study the Single or Joint Honours subjet(s) you originally chose when applying through UCAS. Providing that you have achieved the necessary academic requirements and have obtained approval from the heads of the appropriate academic school(s), you may be able to change your degree programme selection. For example, you may be able to change from Single to Joint Honours or vice versa, or continue to study one or both of your additional subjects from Year One.

Transfer to BA

It is possible to transfer to a BA degree at the end of Year One. To do so, you must normally have studied the relevant subject(s) in Year One and obtained the approval of the head of the appropriate School.

BSc Degrees

The following BSc degrees are available in Humanities and Social Studies:

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