By combining Welsh and Religious Studies, you will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge, opening the doors to a variety of career paths. You may find studying a joint honours degree both stimulating and rewarding as you observe similarities and differences between the two subjects. Often, there are complementary issues and perspectives that link the areas of study, be they critical analysis, historical context or recent research. The Welsh course is relevant to contemporary Wales and delivered by a school noted for its research quality and impact. The course aims to produce graduates with a thorough academic and practical understanding of the Welsh language, its literature and culture, a high level of skill in written and spoken Welsh and well-developed employability and creative skills relevant to modern Wales. Religion has been part of human experience from the earliest traces of human existence up to the present day. It has been the way most cultures have sought to express their understanding of the purpose of life and the foundation of personal and social behaviour. As a student of Religious Studies, you will have the opportunity to explore your own and other peoples' religious history and culture, and some of the fundamental questions of existence. Distinctive features The distinctive features of the course include: •the opportunity to follow a degree course that develops skills relevant to both the academic world and the workplace •a core module which focuses on employability skills and which offers a period of work experience •a range of core and optional modules in Welsh language, literature and culture as well as the opportunity to specialise in areas of personal and career interest •the emphasis on practical research skills, that will benefit you throughout your career •the emphasis on independent learning in a supportive environment •the involvement of research-active staff in teaching •the experience of being taught by staff who will recognise you as an individual •the opportunity to explore religions in relation to a wide range of historical, theoretical, and social issues, and •the exploration of a range of methodological approaches to religious studies, including textual hermeneutics, language study, gender theories, conflict studies, cultural and theoretical anthropology •the opportunity to learn languages that allow you to study some religious texts in their original form, for example New Testament Greek and Sanskrit.