Philosophy complements the English Major by providing students with analytical tools and conceptual frameworks that enrich their interpretations of literary texts. It shares with English an emphasis on clarity, nuance, and precision of expression.
English with Philosophy BA
The English with Philosophy BA will allow you to develop the skills needed to analyse texts and arguments clearly, and with nuance and precision. In addition to taking period papers focusing on literature from 1550 to the present day, you’ll study rhetoric and stylistics. You will also study classic philosophical texts from antiquity to the present day, which investigate the nature of the world and how we ought to interact with it.
Teaching & learning
You will experience an average of over 10 high-quality contact hours with academics per week, typically consisting of:
- 6 hours of degree lectures
- 1-hour one-to-one tutorial
- 1-hour small group tutorial
- 1.5 hours LAUNCH seminar
- 2 hours NCH Diploma lectures
Timetables are usually made available to students during Freshers’ Week. Teaching can be scheduled to take place during any day of the week. However, when possible, Wednesday afternoons are usually reserved for sports and cultural activities.
New College of the Humanities’ degrees have been designed and created by the College’s world-class professors and faculty. The courses reflect their areas of expertise and research interests, meaning that they are strongly engaged with the material that they will teach you, and there may be opportunities for students to participate in active research. Read more
In the case of the English major and minor, the curriculum is overseen and advocated by Professor Sir Christopher Ricks BA, MA, BLitt (Oxon), FBA, Warren Professor of the Humanities and co- director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University, formerly Professor of English at the universities of Bristol and Cambridge, and Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford.
In the case of the Philosophy major and minor, the curriculum is overseen and advocated by Professor A C Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSL, FRSA, Master of New College of the Humanities, Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford, and previously Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London.
New College of the Humanities has undergone a review for educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). NCH is subject to educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) under the UK Visas and Immigration’s Tier 4 sponsorship requirements. See the QAA for more information.
The New College of the Humanities undergraduate degree programmes have been validated by Solent University as being of an appropriate standard and quality and will lead to the Solent University award of the BA (Hons).
To reflect the greater richness of your studies and the additional Core Courses and professional development programme that you study at the College, you will be awarded the NCH Diploma in addition to your degree. The diploma sets you apart from other graduates by marking the greater breadth of your education at the College. The NCH Diploma is a non-credit bearing award.
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