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The British Studies course offers an interdisciplinary survey of British history and culture from earliest times to the present day.

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British Studies

The British Studies Experience

All students at Harlaxton take our distinctive British Studies course, which gives students an in-depth look at British history and culture.

British Studies

The British Studies course is unique to Harlaxton College. It is specifically designed for Harlaxton students and is taught by Harlaxton’s permanent British faculty. British Studies is available at three levels (BRIT H282, BRIT H382, and BRIT H382 Honors); worth six credits it provides the centerpiece for the college’s rigorous academic curriculum.

The course offers an interdisciplinary survey of British history and culture from earliest times to the present day. It explains the development of the various countries that make up the United Kingdom and the changing nature of the often fractious relationship between those countries. The course’s central theme is national identity, it explains Britain’s identity historically, culturally, and intellectually; it explores fundamental questions about Britishness. The course help students understand what they see, hear, read, and experience while living in a new nation.

British Studies is a challenging course. Students are asked to engage consistently throughout the semester and, in the best liberal arts tradition, there are plenty of chances to shine. Seminar discussions and group and individual presentations offer opportunities to research, debate, and analyze. Term papers and essays help develop research and writing skills. In examinations and tests, students will synthesize then apply what they have learned. These fundamental transferable skills will help not only at Harlaxton, but also in the future, in academic study, and in a wide range of careers.

The British Studies faculty are committed to helping every student develop as a scholar.

The British Studies Faculty

British Faculty Scholarship: Research, Publications, and Presentations