This is an ideal joint degree for students looking to develop a high level of proficiency in a second language in addition to a firm grounding in history, a combination eagerly sought by many employers. With a wide range of topics to study from, students can chose to develop a broad knowledge base or specialise in areas of particular interest. **Why study this course?** This combination will allow you to explore historical topics ranging from the medieval period to the present day, from British and European to American and African history, and from political and economic history to social and cultural history, as well as studying in depth the political and social culture of Germany. You will be equipped with an in-demand second language and a grounded knowledge inits history and culture which that will be of great benefit to many areas of employment upon graduation. As a student at Reading you can also benefit from the unique opportunity to conduct research at the important archive of the Centre for East German Studies, the only facility of its kind in the UK. The History department allows you both to deepen your study of German history and to venture into new areas, offering teaching from the medieval period to the present day, and covering Britain and Europe, Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East, as well as the modern USA. **After the course** A global market demands language skills, and on graduating from this course, you can expect to be able to write and speak fluently in German. Our graduates have an excellent record of gaining employment or progressing to further study. Many of our graduates go on to put their linguistic skills to practical use by working for companies with a German connection, however, prospects extend well beyond translating and interpreting. Reading History graduates are highly valued by a wide range of employers thanks to the broad set of transferable skills developed during the course; past graduates have pursued careers in all areas of the private and public sectors, including journalism, publishing, TV production, web design, accountancy, law, banking and management. Recent Reading graduates have been recruited by employers such as Sony Europe, the Civil Service, the Ministry of Defence, the House of Commons, the British Museum, Oxford University Press, Dow Jones and PwC.