If you’re interested in opening up a broad range of career possibilities and understanding more about how society functions - studying history, politics or a social science might just be the subject area for you.
History & Politics
History and Politics degrees are widely recognised as providing key skills and qualities that employers really value. Solving questions and challenges facing our world today through the analysis and evaluation of large quantities of information and working both collaboratively and independently are all great skills to have.
Political history documentary and tasks: Deterrence
Deterrence is a documentary, co-created by BU staff and students, that considers the past, present and future role of NATO in European security.
Get a taste of studying political and historical themes, and test your knowledge through the tasks.
History taster lectures
A good history student is open to discovering new areas of historical study. This lecture series, by BU academic Dr Laura Ramsay, introduces you to a historical topic you may not have come across before - ‘cultural revolution in post-war Britain, i.e. the ‘Swinging Sixties’.
Laura will guide you through three stages of investigating this topic. Watch the lectures at your own pace, gain an insight into this new topic, and test your skills by having a go at the quiz questions.
A Cultural Revolution Part 1 – Introduction
A Cultural Revolution Part 2 – Interpretations
A Cultural Revolution Part 3 – Examining Evidence and Drawing Conclusions
Sociology, Social Anthropology & Criminology
Current BU students and staff share their thoughts and experiences about what you can gain by studying a social sciences degree. They talk about the differences between the subject areas and possible careers you can pursue. They also provide some valuable insights in what it’s like to study a social sciences degree, to help you decide if this subject area is for you. Find out more about our social sciences courses.