If you are fascinated by American culture, history and society, this degree is ideal for you. American Studies is a stimulating, topical and challenging course which prepares you for success in a wide range of careers.
- Explore historical, socio-political and cultural themes, building your awareness of key debates relating to race and ethnicity, identity and power
- Take part of your degree at one of our partner universities in Europe or North America where you can immerse yourself in an exciting new life and enhance your employability
- Examine key aspects of American history, politics, literature, art, film, television and music through exciting modules covering everything from 9/11 to civil rights, Hollywood to hip-hop
- Develop your intellectual flexibility, confidence and critical skills by engaging with a broad range of subjects: this degree is truly interdisciplinary
- Learn from a highly experienced team of engaging and inspiring subject experts who have produced important books in the field
- Broaden your skills and knowledge by combining American Studies with another subject, opening up an even wider range of career paths
- Impress a prospective employer: an American Studies graduate is typically adaptable, insightful and culturally aware, with refined communication and negotiation skills
- This course is ranked in the UK Top 10 for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide Subject Tables.
The political, economic and cultural power of the USA affects us all. This course will give you the fullest possible understanding of the different ways in which the American nation defines and represents itself to the world.
A modern emphasis
Our focus is on the USA from the 19th Century onwards. As you explore cultural, historical and socio-political themes and issues, you will be challenged to think deeply - both within and across disciplines and genres - about America's pervasiveness and influence. In the early stages of the course, you will receive a good grounding in the subject and then progress to modules on more specific themes. And, as you grow in confidence, there is plenty of opportunity for independent project work.
Expertise and enthusiasm
Our experienced and enthusiastic team are passionate about American Studies and keen to share their knowledge with you. They will encourage you to do your best throughout your studies and adopt a friendly and supportive academic culture where staff are approachable and know your name.
You will be inspired and motivated by our research-active team whose specialist areas span issues such as post-9/11 America and the 'War on Terror'and transatlantic popular culture. We have written influential books including: American Cultural Studies, 9/11 and the War on Terror, Issues in Americanisation and Culture, American Youth Cultures, and British Invasion: The Crosscurrents of Musical Influence.
Broaden your perspective
We will foster your awareness of key issues - such as ethnicity, identity, class, gender, representation and power - that are relevant not only to the study of America but also to your own wider experience of life.
A personal approach
Active student participation and a relaxed, inclusive style are hallmarks of American Studies. Special events such as our Thanksgiving celebration create a strong sense of community.
You can choose to spend the second part of your second year in Europe or North America, experiencing a different academic culture, acquiring a new set of skills and deepening your global perspectives. You can study at one of our partner universities including:
- Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
- Eastern Michigan University
- Keene State College, New Hampshire
- Longwood University, Virginia.
Popular Joint Honours combinations
Joint Honours gives you the flexibility to cover two subjects in one degree. Popular combinations with American Studies include: