Learn about the origins and life of this young, complex and powerful nation. You’ll explore the unique emergence of the United States through its political, cultural and revolutionary history, and spend a year abroad, steeped in the history of the nation you’re studying. This course is ideal if you want to focus on the history of the United States and its people, and explore the influence it has had, and continues to have, on global history, politics and culture. This leading degree includes a year studying abroad, so is an excellent choice if you’re open to learning from new cultural experiences and are keen to establish yourself on an international footing in your studies and future career. This BA will equip you with an in-depth understanding of the USA, its cultural and political influence, and the power of the nation in shaping world affairs. As a historian you’ll learn to harness your powers of critical thinking and gain the confidence to present your arguments clearly and persuasively. You’ll also cultivate skills in written communication to a standard valued around the world. As a student of historical transformation and change, you’ll examine radical ideas and identify and analyse key global events. You’ll do all this in an environment where you share thinking, and work with others, as well as pursue your own interests. Your year abroad is an experience to treasure as well as one to put to use through your career. It’ll demonstrate that you can embrace a different culture in the pursuit of learning and give you self-awareness, adaptability and a global outlook – skills highly prized by employers. Studying with academics in the pioneering School of Art, Media and American Studies, you’ll be at the heart of developments in the discipline. You will track the American story from the Revolution on, through the years of slavery and civil war, the settlement of the west and the development of modern society. You’ll discover the history of the USA and its people, revealing how much of today’s world is shaped by this young nation: since the Cold War, its presidents have held the fate of humanity in their hands. You’ll begin to specialise in year two, focusing on the aspects of the subject that most interest you. In your final-year you will have the opportunity to write a dissertation, guided by an expert supervisor. Whatever your path through the course, you’ll explore the American story in depth, and graduate with a clear perspective on international politics, economics, trade, human rights and democracy.