The BA in English Literature and Ancient History enables you to combine a study of the past and English literature. Many students find joint honours both stimulating and rewarding as they observe both similarities and differences between the two subjects. This course aims to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural structures of past societies and to cultivate intellectual skills such as the ability to assess evidence critically, to evaluate different interpretations of the evidence, to construct arguments on the basis of evidence, and to express opinions cogently in speech and in writing. English Literature at Cardiff offers access to the whole span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century. Nor is the curriculum restricted to the printed word – we are intrigued by the connections between literature and film, art, music, history, language, and popular culture, and our teaching reflects these interests. Ancient History covers the period from the Aegean Bronze Age to the fall of the Roman Empire in the west and its survival in the east as the Byzantine Empire. There is a balance between modules covering specific historical periods and thematic modules that examine broad social and cultural topics, such as warfare, gender, religion, art, medicine and science. The degree provides the training necessary for students who wish to either discipline at postgraduate level, and a valuable range of intellectual and transferable skills for students who enter a range of professions. Distinctive features The distinctive features of the course include: •teaching across the whole chronological and geographical span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century •a reputation for theoretically informed reading, bringing texts from all periods into dialogue with contemporary concerns about gender, identity, sexuality, nationality, race, the body, the environment, and digital technology •a strong tradition in creative writing, taught by writers making their mark on today’s culture •close links with local historical sites, giving you the chance to link your academic studies to active research in the field •an opportunity to study Latin and Greek.