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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
- 3 years

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About American Studies at University of Kent

American Studies at Kent dates back to 1973. You are based in the Centre for American Studies and taught by internationally recognised academics, whose research interests combine to offer diverse programmes in American history, literature, politics and film.

American Studies is an interdisciplinary degree, which means that you learn by making connections between ideas and concepts across different disciplinary boundaries, such as history, politics, literature and the arts. This enriches your learning and gives you a wider perspective on your subject.

Our degree programme

In your first year, you take an introductory module and can then choose from a selection of modules on American History, literature and politics.

In your second year, you examine key themes in American culture and can then choose further modules from a wide selection available covering areas such as, environmental issues in the US, American cinema, 19th-century American literature, and the American Civil War.

In your final year, you complete an extended essay taking an interdisciplinary approach to your topic. Other modules can be chosen from a wide range in politics, (contemporary US government and US foreign policy); history, (the rise and fall of slavery, and the American revolution); literature (American crime fiction and Native American Literature) or Hispanic Studies (studying the work of Cuban writers and artists since the revolution).

A term abroad

In your final year, it is possible to spend a term studying at one of our partner institutions in the US. We have links with top universities in the US, Canada and Latin America.

Year abroad

We also offer four-year programmes where you spend a year between your second and final years at one of our partner universities in the US or Canada. For details, see American Studies (History) and American Studies (Literature). It is also possible to spend a year studying in Latin America on our American Studies (Latin America) option.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a 2.1 at undergraduate level and a Merit at Master's level in a relevant discipline, from a UK or other approved university and/or equivalent. You must submit a research proposal of approximately 1,500 words on your intended topic.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country.

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English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.

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Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

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