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History

History can be taken as part of the MIC Arts Degree as a joint honours combination.

About you
You are curious about the world. You would like to understand the past and how it affects today’s society. You realise that in order to understand today, you must look back. You want to develop a deeper understanding of our connection to the past and in so doing, develop a greater understanding of the present. This will mean understanding people, events and societies in the past. To accomplish this, you are open to working with original sources and to reading the works of leading historians. You are excited about engaging in research and participating in discussion and debate.

Why Study History at MIC?
At MIC, the study of history is not just about discovering what happened in the past, it is also concerned with understanding and interpreting the past. What were the consequences of the invention of printing? Why were there so many witch trials in the 17th century? What caused the American Revolution of the 1770s? How did the lives of women change in 19th century Europe? Why did a world war break out in 1914? How should we interpret the 1916 rising? History is exciting because historians rarely agree. So, history at third-level is about joining the debate. At MIC, a team of experienced historians will introduce you to the skills necessary to undertake historical research, to present your findings effectively, and to contribute to historical debates.

What you will study
The Department of History offers a range of modules with the main concentrations on Irish history from the medieval period to the present day, European history from the 16th century to the late 20th century and North American history from the colonial era to the contemporary period. In addition to general survey courses, the department offers specialist modules which draw directly on the research expertise of staff. These include modules in aspects of political, social and cultural history, including courses on Irish nationalism and unionism, Irish diplomacy, the history of death and the after-life, and the history of kingship in medieval Ireland. Using a range of innovative teaching methods, from small-group discussions to larger lectures, we provide a student-centred environment in which critical thinking skills are encouraged and cultivated. Students also have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation in history. This involves working with primary sources and fostering the development of high-level research and analytical skills.

Career Opportunities
• Teaching at primary and secondary levels (Professional Master of Education required)
• Archives, Libraries and Museums
• Arts Administration, Heritage and Tourism
• Publishing and journalism
• Public Service
• Third-Level Teaching and Administration
• International and European Organisations
• Charity/NGO Sector
The skills acquired in the process of doing a History degree are widely applicable and are attractive to all kinds of employers: many history students have gone on to work in business, finance, management, politics, law, and the arts.

Follow-on study opportunities include:
• MA History
• MA Local History
• MA/PhD Research

Additional information
Dr Liam Chambers
Head of Department
T: +353 61 204534
E: Liam.Chambers@mic.ul.ie

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