I’ve just completed my English Literature degree at LJMU, and I loved it! I took history and English at A-level and loved them both equally, and I similarly struggled between choosing to do pure English Lit or History at university. In the end I spent time researching the course material, examination styles and student satisfaction. Though I wanted to take a joint honours degree, I personally decided that I would have struggled with this and so in the end chose English Lit as I loved LJMU’s course content!
Though I knew many people who studied both, and they were all very content with their degree. I never met anyone who said they did not love studying history!
My advice is to go with what you want to do, that’s all there is to it! If you love both history and English and you have found a university that suits you and offers the course- go for it. Doing both English and History opens the door for more career prospects, you could chose between either subject to teach!
I would look into the company ‘The Tutor Trust’, this was presented to us in our third year studies and it helped me to understand secondary teaching through tutoring, it was a great insight into the career and I earned money whilst doing it!
Good luck to you, I’m sure you’ll love whatever you decide to chose 😊
LJMU English graduate