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Urgent help needed on tough choice between History and European Studies degree

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    Hello everyone,

    First of all, I would like to thank you all for making yourselves available to help me out here with your input and opinions, it is highly appreciated!

    My current situation is that I am enrolled in a Economics and Business Economics programme and long story short, I absolutely hate it as it is far too theoretical and quantitative for my liking. The reason why I chose the programme to begin with was that at A-Levels I really enjoyed economics a lot and thought it would be a great stepping stone to pursue political science at post grad level and generally a career in the public sector or realm of policy making later in my life.

    Nevertheless, now I am faced with the decision of either pursuing History degree which offers a specialisation in international relations in its second year or a European Studies degree; unfortunately politics, political science or pure international relations degrees are currently not an option.

    Generally I have always been very strong when it comes to the humanities, even in my current programme I tend to score very well on all the subjects that require analytical writing, however, I struggle to keep myself motivated when I hit subjects such as financial accounting or have to face the equations of macroeconomics.

    In sixth form I used to read history and I quite enjoyed it a lot and performed pretty good as well, but I had a very difficult time performing well when it came to the exams and the time pressure that they involved. This is the reason why I am quite reluctant towards history despite the fact that the degree which I can pick offers a specialisation in international relations.

    Overall, I am looking for a subject that offers me a intellectually satisfying and varied as well as relevant journey in fulfilling my passion for politics and understanding the world that we live in from both an analytical and philosophical perspective.

    Therefore, I am really torn on this decision as I currently lean more towards European Studies, but there are some aspects of a History degree which make me really interested as well! Additionally, I am uncertain on which of those two degrees opens my path to my goals more easily, even though I can and will take relevant minor courses in both programmes.

    As such some input from people who have read one of the two subjects or generally some opinion based on the information that I have provided would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you all in advance for your time and effort!

    (Original post by Jemy)
    Hello everyone,
    Have you considered doing the European Social and Political Studies at UCL? It combines all the things you say you want to study, and you can choose to specialise in a very broad range of subjects within the degree.

    So I do history at uni at the moment, what I would say is it is a huge workload that you really have to motivate yourself to do. In most universitites it has very low contact hours so you hvae to be passionate enough about the topic itself to actually complete the hours needed. I only get 4 hours contact a week and im expected to complete around 60 hours a week in total, so unless you love it and are able to push through that a lot of people burn out. Also if you struggled with assesment you need to seriously consider what it was you struggled with, my course pretty much requires an essay a week in first year that you need to be able to research fully so between 10 and 15 seperate peices sorted through. They're also pretty strict on grammar and nuanced writing style as well as all the facts and analysis.

    Look at the end of the day, I love my course, if you're passionate about history, are selfmotivated and can cope with a lot of reading and a lot of writing then go for it. But if its just a stepping stone to you, I've seen a lot of people lose momentum and no be able to cope, that's true of most degree courses though.
    Just think about your study style, if you think you're going to love the content and if it fits go for it, i'm in love with my course despite the sleepless nights and months in the library.
    hope that helps, good luck!
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