How to choose your course
Choosing the right degree is one of the most important decisions you will make. Think carefully about what you want from your studies and what Sussex can offer. Our degrees are designed so you can explore subjects in ways that interest you, as you develop your knowledge and understanding. Students on single-honours courses choose several modules from outside their discipline, while joint courses and minor options allow you to study exciting combinations of different subjects.
Single-honours courses allow you to focus mostly on one subject, such as anthropology, English or psychology. Within this subject, you will have a range of options so you can explore particular areas.
The University also provides a new system of electives in single-honours subjects. You will be able to choose to spend 25 per cent of your time in your first and second year on a range of subjects.
For more information, refer to Electives.
If you want to study more than one subject in depth, our joint courses offer exciting combinations of subjects, like History and Film Studies, or Geography and International Development.
What you learn in one subject complements and enhances what you learn in the other. Spending half your time on one subject and half on the other, you can usually still choose options that interest you in each.
Majors and minors
Finally, if you want to have a main area of study, but gain some understanding in another subject as well, we offer an exciting range of ‘minors’ alongside the main course, such as Mathematics with Economics. This means you spend threequarters of your time on the major subject and a quarter on the minor subject.
Understanding each subject area
For each of our subject areas at Undergraduate courses 2014 and Undergraduate courses 2013, you can see what studying that subject involves and where it might take you. As well as looking at the subjects that first interest you, take time to look at a variety of others. Sussex offers areas of study that may be new to you, but as you explore them, you may find they are just what you want to do.
In each subject, there is a core set of modules that all students follow. In addition, a range of options is offered, which allows you to choose particular specialist areas within the subject. These core modules and options are set out in the Course content tab for each course listed at Undergraduate courses 2014 and Undergraduate courses 2013.
The best way of really understanding what is involved in any particular course is to talk to us at Sussex. We give contact details for each subject area so you can get in touch.