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 English and American Literature course. Keele’s English and American Literature programme was a national first in the UK in 2001, and is now widely recognised as the leading course of its type in the country. One of the attractions of studying literature at Keele is our international focus: tutors and students know that there are fascinating connections to be explored between different national literatures. This course is a good example of our international outlook. The programme combines the distinctive strengths of English and American Studies, and looks at the contrasts and connections between two major national literary traditions. You’ll develop your critical arguments and technical analysis as you engage imaginatively and intellectually with literary texts from medieval literature to contemporary American graphic novels. You’ll examine the full chronological range of English and American literature, considering their direct intersections from the nineteenth century onwards. You can spend a semester at a partner university abroad – which might include the USA, Australia, the Netherlands or Canada. English and American Literatures at Keele will provide you with a wide range of skills – in research, presentation, written and oral communication – with real appeal to employers. Some careers may require further study or training, but you might work as a teacher, journalist, editor, librarian, advertising copywriter, solicitor, arts administrator or writer. You could go into marketing, research, broadcasting, publishing, the compiling of dictionaries, or teaching English as a foreign language.