More about the course
The first year of study offers students a broad introduction to the literature of their chosen language, and a range of historical options from which to choose. In the second and final year students select from a wide range of courses exploring the literature of their chosen language. They may choose areas related to their History course, which offers options on British, European and World history from the declining years of the Roman Empire to the present day.
Students attend about five lectures a week, participate in regular meetings with tutors to discuss work, do independent research in libraries and write one or two essays a week, as well as completing work for their language classes. The third year is spent abroad, with a wide variety of possible options and destinations. Back in Oxford for the final year, the History and Modern Languages Bridge Essay gives students the opportunity to engage in independent research.
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History is about people and societies in the past – what made them tick, and why they did what they did. It helps us understand ourselves and others. Studying the past challenges our prejudices, broadens our outlook, and enables us to think for ourselves; writing about the past develops our analytical skills, and teaches us to organise clear and persuasive arguments.
Studying Modern Languages at Oxford offers you a chance to learn in depth about the literature, culture and language of your chosen area.
Classics and Modern Languages
Classics and Modern Languages enables you to combine the study of either one or both of Latin and Ancient Greek with a modern language. The course involves extensive study of major literary texts, alongside training in linguistic skills.
Modern Languages and Linguistics
In this course, students study one modern language together with linguistics, the study of language itself. One half of your course will be half of the Modern Languages course as described on the Modern Languages course page, giving you practical linguistic training and an extensive introduction to the literature and thought of the European language you have chosen. The other half of the course will introduce you to the analysis of the nature and structure of human language.