Undergraduate information: First Year, Second Year, Final Year
International Links: Between second and final year, you can choose to study History on an exchange programme in universities in Europe and North America, including Strasbourg, Leiden, Mainz, and Strathclyde. Many of these programmes are taught through English. The year abroad offfers an excellent opportunity to learn a new language or to develop an existing language competency. It also gives students the change to experience different social, cultural and academic environments.
Career Prospects: The kinds of research, writing and analytical skills you will acquire as a History student are highly valued in the modern workplace. Our recent graduates have gone on to work in a variety of different fields, including journalism, law, archives, public service, arts administration, publishing, teaching, speech writing and management consulting.
Student testimonial: 'I write everyday about everything from murder to rugby matches, but it is the ability to archive, write, interpret and summarise facts, all skills I obtained firstly in University of Galway through History, which I hope informs and enhances my professionalism.' Luke Henderson, Journalist, Sligo Weekender Newspaper
'Studying history at University of Galway was a fantastic experience. The wide range of courses provided an excellent grounding in different periods, while also allowing me to specialise in areas I was particularly passionate about such as international relations, development and gender studies.' Aibhlín O’Leary, BA
Key fact: History students can choose from more than 50 modules, ranging from Irish history to the histories of continental Europe, the United States, Australasia and Africa, and covering every period from the Middle Ages to the end of the twentieth century.
Course outline/programme structure:
- Ireland and Europe, 1789-1918
- Europe from Medieval to Modern
- Skills for Historians
Plus two other subjects are selected from the extensive Arts menu
- One colloquium (research-orientated small group modules)
- One additional lecture module in each of these time periods: medieval, early modern, and modern
- One additional lecture module in any time period, of the student's choice
- Two seminar modules (research-orientated small group modules)
- Two lecture modules of the student's choice
Find out more:
Further study: Postgraduate programmes
Visit our student waiting area on floor 2. It’s a friendly, relaxed area with seats, power points, cover sheets, stapler and pens. We'd be pleased to see you.
History is located on Floor 1 and Floor 2 of Tower 1 in the Arts/Science Building. Tower 1 is located near 'Smokie Joe's' cafe which is just inside the main doors of the Concourse (across from the library).
The hub of History is on Floor 2, where you will find the full-time administrator, Ms Helena Condon, as well as the offices of many staff members. Room numbers in the 400 series are on Floor 2.
Floor 1 is shared with English. You can find some History staff offices on Floor 1, as well as the History seminar rooms. Room numbers in the 300 series are on Floor 1