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. The Humanities Foundation Year provides preparation for the academic skills required for degree level study in the Humanities subject of your choice. It will enable you to progress to a single or dual honours Humanities degree at Keele in subjects such as American Studies, English, English and American Literature, English with Creative Writing, Film Studies, History, Media, Communications and Culture, Music, Music Technology or Philosophy. In this case, progressing onto an American Studies degree, you can examine historical, literary, cinematic, political and geographical perspectives on issues such as slavery, crime, power, imperialism, conflict, security and the presidency, and compare the USA with Great Britain. You can also spend a semester studying abroad at a partner university in the USA or Canada, and really get to know America for yourself. You can choose American Studies by itself, or combine it with subjects including History and English. Keele was a pioneer in American Studies in Britain in the 1960s, and this remains one of the leading programmes in the UK devoted to the study of the world’s leading industrial nation. From music to McDonald’s, movies to military engagement, the U.S affects the daily lives of people in every corner of the world. If you want to understand current events and culture, you must understand America. Keele is famous for bringing different disciplines and approaches together to create exciting learning opportunities, and American Studies at Keele exemplifies this. This subject offers a broad perspective on the contemporary world and you will graduate as a well-informed critical thinker. Not only will you have learned a lot about America and about its international influence, but you’ll also have transferable skills which are of interest to employers in many different fields, including research skills, and oral and written presentation skills. In 2016, Keele University were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. With an American Studies degree from Keele, you might work as a journalist, an academic librarian, a social researcher, a museum conservator, an advertising copywriter or a politician’s assistant. American Studies at Keele will provide you with the knowledge and skills for your future.