Explore the role of literature in the formation, life and history of the United States. On this course you’ll discover the rich connections between the American and English literary traditions, cultivating your powers of critical thinking over four years of reading, writing, thinking and traveling. This engaging degree, which combines two of UEA’s most renowned disciplines, is ideal if you want to explore the way literature in English lives in, reflects, shapes and converses with different cultures. It’s a great choice if you want to establish your studies on an international footing, as it includes a year abroad. UEA Literature graduates are known for their strong communication skills and go into careers including journalism, the media, publishing and teaching, or on to further study. Throughout the course you’ll develop your writing and critical thinking skills. You’ll gain the confidence to present your arguments clearly and persuasively and develop a sophisticated balance of cultural awareness and analytical ability. Studying in lectures, seminars and tutorial groups, guided by leading academics in the field, you’ll share ideas by working with others. You’ll also learn to follow your own ideas through, developing specialisms as well as skills in reasoning, research and debate. You’ll place both American and British literature in context, and discover how each has developed and changed over time, discovering what makes them so distinctive. You’ll learn how great works of literature and movements in publishing have defined the history of these two countries, shaping both these nations and the wider world, in the process. And you will come to understand how American and British writers have captured and expressed their sense of identity. Your third year will be spent abroad in America or Canada, or spend your first semester in the United States or Canada and your second semester in Australia, New Zealand or Hong Kong – an invaluable academic and cultural experience you’ll treasure through your career. You’ll return to UEA after your third year with new perspectives on and enthusiasm for your subject. You’ll bring these together in your final year as you have the opportunity to write a dissertation, immersing yourself in a topic of your choosing.