This programme will enable you to study a major European language, as well as the literature, artistic developments and theories associated with it, alongside a wide range of history courses. The programme aims to develop your engagement with the languages, histories, literatures, cultures and societies of countries which speak French in and beyond Europe. Through intense training in the target language you will acquire near-native fluency. Beyond the intensive study of the French language, you will explore the exciting contribution of French speakers to world culture. French political and philosophical ideas have played a central role in creating our modern civilisation. As a large subject area, the French section at Edinburgh can offer you a wide range of courses spanning the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century, including specialist options in literature, film and politics taught by leading specialists in their field. The discipline of history involves study of the human past, adopting a critical approach to evidence relevant to that enquiry. Work in history takes the form of interaction with the evidence in primary form and through sceptical reading of a wide body of historical writing. The Edinburgh experience is distinctive for the range of historical themes, chronological periods and geographical areas which can be studied using a variety of different intellectual approaches to the past.