On this varied and flexible joint honours degree your learning will never be confined to academic theory. We always relate the topics we discuss back to issues which affect peoples lives. In your Religion modules this means tackling complex and sometimes controversial issues which can be approached through religion and theology, such as:
- Wealth and poverty
- Relationships between races and genders
- The influence of the media
- The role of ethics in life and death decisions
- Environmental issues
- The morality of war.
We see theology not as just an abstract concept but as something rooted in the realities of everyday life, and our search for meaning within it.
In English Literature we believe that words matter. Books have and will continue to change the world, and we explore texts in the context of the societies and cultures which surround them. You will go beyond the traditional canon of literature to study texts from many different genres and contexts. You will engage with classic texts, but may also find yourself reading:
- Native American writing
- Prison narratives
- Radical poetry
- LGBTQIA+ rights literature
- Experimental writing
- Literature of the Caribbean.
Field trips, guest speakers and events will enhance your learning throughout your degree. You will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops, writing sessions and readings through the York Literature Festival.
We are committed to helping you gain professional skills and experience, which is why this course includes a dedicated employability module. This allows you to gain work experience in a setting relevant to your career goals.
If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.