History Undergraduate Degrees

From the Crusades to the contemporary Middle East, 14th century indigenous warfare to 20th century Islam in South East Asia, the Mughal Empire to Gandhi, slavery to Muslim societies in West Africa, and modern China to modern Japan, History at SOAS offers its students a unique window on the world in order to develop your understanding of the fascinating histories relating to Africa, Asia and the Near and Middle East.

Our students develop the skills to understand the historical conditions of the contemporary world from a global perspective, while developing their ability to engage with multiple theories and to analyse complex systems.

Explore our undergraduate options below:

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BA History and South Asian Studies second year student talks to SOAS Blog

“History allows me to further my understanding of Africa, the Middle East and Asia from a variety of perspectives” Read more

The BA in Global Liberal Arts at SOAS is broad but rigorous, for highly-motivated students who wish to explore a range of subjects from arts and humanities to languages and social sciences.

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Studying the BA History at SOAS will provide you with a sound foundation in the historical discipline, engaging in subject matters ranging from economics, religion, and culture to frontiers, cities, and gender from a global perspective rather than a euro-centric one.

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The nature of the Combined Honours degree enables you to develop a specialist niche for yourself by studying a second subject.

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Graduate Destinations

Students leave SOAS with the ability to think critically and with well-honed skills in analysis – and this, coupled with the strong sense of social justice our students are well known for – is why SOASians go on to pursue careers that make a real difference.

Examples are given from the past two years destinations.

  • Audit Commission
  • Bank of America
  • BBC
  • Campaign Against Climate Change
  • China Media Centre
  • Citizens UK
  • HelpAge International
  • House of Lords
  • International Fund Investment
  • Oxfam
  • Tesla Motors
  • The Publicist Group
  • Transnational Crisis Project
  • TSL Education
  • UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Class of 2016: Six months after completing their studies

In Work 39%
Studying 31%
Work and Study 7%
Other 23%

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