The BA English and History combines the investigation of English texts with a study of their historical context, developing your appreciation of the complex relationship between texts and the past. You will enhance your understanding of the ways in which literature reflects and recalls the past as well as the way in which knowledge of the past informs literary readings.You will learn to engage imaginatively in the process of understanding and analysing complex and sophisticated problems in the two disciplines by critical approaches that blend detailed and broad levels of analysis. Academic staff in English at the Penryn Campus are world leaders in the study of literature and its relationship to place and identity, analysing the construction of identities in relation to a range of issues from technology to the natural environment. This research is an essential element in our undergraduate teaching, with students invited to explore literature from the classical period to the modern, combining the traditional lecture and seminar format with more innovative methods such as field-trips and problem-based learning. Our expertise in History is concentrated in the modern period, from approximately 1600 to the present, incorporating international, economic, social and cultural history and many geographical areas, including the Americas, the Far East, the Middle East, Europe and Britain. You degree will introduce you to a stimulating range of periods, areas and approaches to history.