Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities Joint Major: English and Psychology

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required 309*
  • Course Code SG 247
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 3

Course Summary


This programme integrates English and Psychology to create a unique and versatile degree that allows the graduate to explore a range of career options. By combining these two subjects, students have the opportunity to learn transferable, critical and creative thinking skills, as well as becoming independent learners, researchers, thinkers and writers. Students will be introduced to both English and Psychology in the first year and as the course progresses, allowed to focus on their specific, chosen interest. 

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

In the Psychology strand, students will broaden their understanding of human  nature as they develop critical understanding of psychological thinking and research about human development, personality, cognitive functioning and  mental health.

In the English strand, students will explore literary and dramatic texts through studying the intellectual and socio-historical contexts of the art works. Learning and ideas are informed, understood and shared through seminars, workshops, lectures, theatre trips, conferences and group/individual work. 

YEAR ONE

Students will have an introduction into both subjects. Modules include English Literature, Prose and Poetry, Drama Studies, Foundations  of Psychology, Introduction to Cultural Performance and Representation. Students can choose from a number of elective modules.

YEAR TWO

Different aspects of English and Psychology are studied. Modules include: Children’s Literature, Drama in Education, Wider World Literature, Adult Developmental Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences and Social Psychology.

YEAR THREE

Students use their knowledge from the previous two years to explore the subjects in greater depth. Modules include: Contemporary Theatre for Children and Young People, Contemporary Irish Writing, Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods for English and Drama/Applied Theatre Studies, Research Methods 
for Psychology, Psychological Connections with Well-Being, English and Drama Research Seminar. Students will have a choice of elective modules.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at IT Sligo are available for download below:

Career Opportunities

The integrated subjects English and Psychology to create a unique and versatile degree that allows the graduate to explore a range of career and further study options.

Employment opportunities exist in communications and media, community development, arts management, research and also in the business and technology sectors.

This programme has reached the Teaching Council Registration Curricular Subject Requirements to apply to undertake the Professional Master of Education programme to become a post-primary teacher in English.

Graduates are well placed for a number of Postgraduate study options also.

Further Study

On successful completion of this programme, graduates may apply to the MA in Leadership and Advocacy in Early Years here at IT Sligo. Candidates also have the option to proceed to a Masters by Research.

Graduates may progress to a Psychology Masters or conversion programme at other third level Institutions. 

Graduates can apply to a Professional Masters of Education (PME) in order to become a post-primary teacher of English also.

Testimonials

Hear what student Harry Stevenson has to say about studying English and Psychology at IT Sligo

Did you know?

Students will be introduced to both English and Psychology in the first year and as the course progresses, allowed to focus on their specific, chosen interest. 

Students will have the opportunity to experience blended learning in their final year. The research methods module is taught online, giving the student more chance to prepare for their post graduate career world.

Leaving Certificate Mathematics is not an entry requirement for this course.

Postgraduates study options include areas such as Psychology and Teaching.

The skills students gain on this programme are highly sought after by employers. Head of Department of Social Science, Dr. Breda Mc Taggart, explains this is more detail below.