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. Keele’s American Studies and History degree is a perfect combination if you want the chance to study history in depth but with a focus on US culture. On this course you will have the chance to study a broad range of historical subjects from the medieval to the modern period in Britain, Europe, and the wider world. Drawing on Keele’s unique strengths in American history and culture, you will focus on one national culture as it has developed from independence to the abolition of slavery and its rise to superpower status. Opportunities to study American politics, literature, criminology, and film will complement your study of historical texts from different eras and around the world. This course places an emphasis on understanding American society in a wider, global context – your investigations of the American Civil War, slavery, and the civil rights movement, for example, will be informed by a deeper understanding of how power has shaped societies at different historical moments. As well as developing an understanding of different approaches to history, you will develop a range of skills and methods used to understand the development of US culture and America’s place in the wider world. 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. Developing your skills in analysis and research will prepare you for a range of careers. History and American Studies enable you to identify problems and propose solutions, seeing matters from multiple perspectives and accounting for complex factors, which are crucial skills for many lines of work. Moreover, you will develop advanced communications skills, both written and oral, and you will be aware of how ideas are produced in societies and how they have developed through time. These attributes will prepare you for a wide range of careers, including: teacher, librarian, archivist, museum conservator, heritage manager, barrister, solicitor, civil service administrator, journalist, or a politician’s assistant or researcher.