Newman's small class sizes and individual tutoring lead to outstanding National Student Survey results. For the last two years Newman's History department has scored 100% student satisfaction
Studying history isn't all about dates, events and facts. At Newman, history is about people. People in the past - their hopes, dreams and fears - and people in the present - our students as scholars, professionals and valuable members of society. By keeping people at the heart of everything we do, history at Newman provides a new way of looking at the world.
A rich and varied course, history at Newman will take you on a voyage of discovery which will span from ancient civilisations to the burning issues of the present day. During the three years of the single and joint honours courses you will have the opportunity to study different topics from across the globe and with a variety of different approaches. You can study topics ranging from Ancient Rome to Tudor England, the British Civil Wars to the French Revolution and Victorian political culture to modern American history.
A Personal Touch
The Department of History is staffed by world-leading experts in their field. Our size means that we can communicate this expertise in a much more personal way. So, in addition to small-group teaching through seminars and tutorials, we know our students as individuals. This allows us to support our students, develop their skills and discuss work in a way that larger departments cannot.
Aims and Objectives
The historian's skills and qualities of mind:
- The ability to understand how people have existed, acted and thought in the always different context of the past.
- The ability to read and use texts and other source materials, both critically and empathetically.
- Appreciation of the complexity and diversity of situations, events and past mentalities
- The understanding of the problems inherent in the historical record itself: awareness of a range of viewpoints and the way to cope with this; appreciation of the range of problems involved in the interpretation of complex, ambiguous, conflicting and often incomplete material.
- Basic critical skills: a recognition that statements are not all of equal validity, that there are ways of testing them, and that historians operate by rules of evidence.
- Intellectual independence: the ability to set tasks and solve problems.
- Marshalling of argument - in written and oral form drawing on and presenting all the above skills.
History graduates can enter a variety of careers. History graduates are valued for their clarity in writing; their phenomenal ability to research and their commitment to question assumptions.
As a result, our graduates have gone onto teach (primary and secondary), curate heritage exhibitions, manage archives and local collections, enter graduate schemes for marketing and project management, entered into legal training and the Civil Service. History graduates often continue their studies at postgraduate level.