How to Write a Humanities Essay

How to Write a Humanities Essay

Answer the Question 

In preparing to write an essay in the humanities your first task is to make sure you understand the question and how it relates to the course material

The question you are given will be set for a reason and so should not be understood as an invitation to write about something loosely related to it that happens to interests you. When it comes to your dissertation you will be given the opportunity to choose your own topic, but for most undergraduate and MA essays you will be expected to address the question set on its own terms. 

Thinking hard about the question itself, about what it means, the issues it raises, and the various ways it might be answered, is far more important than most students realise. 

The Structure of a Humanities Essay 

In most cases a humanities essay will be organised around a clear problem and comprise a single basic thesis or argument

All essays require a clear introductory section setting forth the parameters of the topic and the way you intend to tackle it. 

This should be followed by the main body of the argument, comprising well-structured paragraphs each of which should provide a step forward in the argument and be supported by evidence. 

Your arguments should be set out in a logical and coherent manner, making it easy for the reader to follow your thought processes. The relationship between one idea and the next should be made clear by the use of transitional phrases and sentences

Finally, your conclusion will draw together all of your arguments and demonstrate how they support the original thesis set forth in your introduction. 

Consult an Expert 

If you want to learn how to write a humanities essay that will get you the grade you want, there's no better way than to consult an academic expert in the subject. At Essay Writing Service UK we will assign to you an academic mentor in your field of study who can assist you with every aspect of your essay, from initial draft to final submission. Your personal mentor will be able to ensure that your essay: 

  • demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of the question;
  • critically evaluates the pertinent theoretical and methodological issues;
  • pre-empts objections; and
  • comprises a cogent, rigorous argument written to the highest standards of academic English. 

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