American Studies at Kent dates back to 1973. You are based in the Centre for American Studies and taught by internationally recognised academics.
American Studies is an interdisciplinary degree, which means that you learn by making connections between ideas and concepts across different disciplinary boundaries, which enriches your learning and gives you a wider perspective on your subject. Although your main focus is on history, you can also take modules that discuss American literature, politics and film.
Our degree programme
In your first year, you take an introductory module in American studies and two history modules that take you from the emergence of America to its place in the world today.
In your second year, you examine key themes in American culture and study topics such as civil rights, the American Civil War, the American West in the 19th century and the British Atlantic world from the 16th to the 18th century. You can also take modules on American cinema and 19th-century American literature.
In your final year, you complete an extended essay taking an interdisciplinary approach to your topic. You also have a wide range of history modules to choose from covering the American Revolution, the American West in the 20th century and the history of California. You can also take modules in literature (American crime fiction and Native American Literature) or look at the work of Cuban writers and artists since the revolution.
You spend a year between your second and final years at one of our partner universities in the US or Canada. Current destinations include:
- New York State
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
And in Canada:
We also offer four-year programmes where you focus on American literature American Studies (Literature) or Latin America American Studies (Latin America).
In addition, you can choose to take a three-year programme where there is an option to spend a term abroad. For details, see American Studies.