At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. American Studies enables you to study the history and literature of the United States. At Keele University you can also take modules in American politics. Alongside studying the culture and society of the US, this programme enables you to study another national culture – that of Great Britain – through literature (and also film and television). Our relationship with our transatlantic ally is sometimes referred to as the ‘special relationship’, though it is also said (in a phrase attributed to Wilde, Shaw and Churchill) that we are ‘two nations divided by a common language’. So what are the connections – and the differences – between the two cultures? What literary traditions do they share and in what way might American literature (the US itself, even) be said to be ‘exceptional’ or distinctive? How have the two nations developed historically and what are their respective attitudes to, for example, race, class and sexuality? These are some of the questions that you will be encouraged to ask in a range of modules on this exciting and distinctive degree programme. We offer options in Film Studies and Creative Writing. Our programme has high rates of student satisfaction and our staff are experts in their respective fields. We provide high levels of academic and pastoral support. You will graduate from this programme with a wide range of skills in research and communication and excellent opportunities. You will be a well-informed critical thinker with transferable skills and a knowledge of history and contemporary culture. Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Students on this programme have gone on to careers in teaching, journalism, publishing, advertising, law and the arts. You could also go into marketing, research, broadcasting and publishing.