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    Hello, I'm in my AS year and debating whether to do history or classics. Here's some details, history is easily my favourite subject and I love it. I want to become a teacher and would love to teach the Crusaders, that sort of history is my favourite. I'm just wondering however if classics is a worthy degree, I understand that history is the top choice but I'm not so interested in things such as modern history. I'm drawn towards the earlier European/Asian studies. Many thanks, I don't mind doing History as I love it for a reason but I'm wondering whether classics is better. I'm also interested in politics but that'll be for my later years.


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    The best thing to do is look at both courses, and find the one that has the modules in it that suit your interests. The majority of history courses will be specialised, as you aren't expected to be interested in everything. The modules of the course are key, as they'll tell you exactly which historical topics are covered. You could always do a BA in Classics and a Masters in the specific historical topic you're looking at? There's so much variety, so 100% do not write off history at degree because there's a particular area that you aren't as interested- but also don't settle for a course because it has bits that you like, as well as stuff you don't. There are so many courses and Unis to choose from


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    Hello, I'm in my AS year and debating whether to do history or classics. Here's some details, history is easily my favourite subject and I love it. I want to become a teacher and would love to teach the Crusaders, that sort of history is my favourite. I'm just wondering however if classics is a worthy degree, I understand that history is the top choice but I'm not so interested in things such as modern history. I'm drawn towards the earlier European/Asian studies. Many thanks, I don't mind doing History as I love it for a reason but I'm wondering whether classics is better. I'm also interested in politics but that'll be for my later years.


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    Well, it's very important for you to know that doing a straightforward History degree will not mean you'll only be studying Modern History. Although first year is relatively constrained at most top institutions, you'll eventually be able to specialise in your third and final years. I know that places like RHUL, which may I add has an amazing History department and is very well regarded for research, allow you to focus on the Crusades and other Medieval topics / periods.

    So, just look at the institution you want to attend and really understand how the course is structured. Also remember, that you'll have the opportunity to do a Masters, which will be a lot more specialised.
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    Both valuable. But classics is more linguistically related. Knowing or having to learn some Latin declensions and Attic Greek is at the least, enviable and at the norm, required.

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    As others have mentioned, different universities offer different history courses, so consider each course individually - I think that most universities would allow you to choose your modules at some point. Classics is quite different from History in the sense that you'd be required to spend a lot of time reading original texts in Greek and Latin, so I'd only consider Classics if you're interested in the languages as well as the history as well.
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    History degree : http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/History_Degree

    Classics/Classical Studies degree : http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Classics_degree

    History/Anthropology/Area Studies courses at SOAS (London ) might interest you. Or look at a course in Classical Civilisation/Classical Studies - Durham, Nottingham, Roehampton, Reading, Kent, Royal Holloway, Liverpool etc which dont need knowledge of Greek/Latin ec.
 
 
 
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