Whether you discover more about post-colonial literature or debate the ‘Arab Spring’, this degree lets you explore the world from different perspectives. **Why study this course?** If you choose to study this joint honours degree in English Literature and International Relations you will have the opportunity to debate some of the most pressing problems in our world today from different perspectives: through the ways in which they are represented in literary works and through the study of international relations. You will be taught by members of the Department of English Literature and the Department of Politics and International Relations and we are both leaders in our fields with a distinguished record of research. This allows us to continually extend our curriculum, to take account of current events and emerging political controversies and to ensure that you encounter the best writing in English, from the past to the present day. International Relations is a specialised area of politics, in which you apply political theories and techniques to the study of global politics. Our teaching is based on small-group seminar discussion. Throughout your studies, you will be supported by your personal tutor, and regular student-staff consultation., and all members of the Department, from professors to new lecturers, teach at every level. We have MA and PhD courses on everything from Children’s Literature to International Security Studies for those who wish to continue their studies with us. Our Placement scheme allows you to spend time in a work environment relevant to your studies during your degree, and to integrate that work into your degree course. **After the course** A degree in English Literature and International Relations opens many doors. As a Reading graduate you will enter the job market with well-developed skills of oral communication, research and writing, together with a high level of cultural literacy and critical sophistication. This is an attractive profile: Reading graduates in English Literature have taken up jobs in television, film, theatre, publishing, public relations and advertising, journalism, education (primary, secondary and tertiary), travel and tourism, events planning, retail management and a variety of communication fields. Some graduates put their special skills of political analysis to direct use in the Home and European civil services, political research units, aid agencies and journalism. Others go into industry, commerce, banking and the City. Our innovative Professional Track programme will ensure that you have the ‘complete package’ that employers are looking for: a good degree, workplace skills and experience.