=190 th
World University Rankings 2019
16 th
Young University Rankings 2013
46 th
European Teaching Rankings 2019
Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ, United Kingdom

American Studies

On this degree you’ll study the United States from a literary, cultural and historical perspective. Through the exploration of great novels, landmark historical events, film, comic books, photographs and paintings, you will gain a detailed knowledge of the key moments and debates that have shaped the United States. You’ll get to grips with race, gender and civil liberties in America and examine how US power has been projected around the world. You’ll consider the nation’s relationship with the history of the American West. And you’ll delve into anything from popular culture to the counterculture and the avant-garde. You’ll also have the option of applying to spend one semester of your second year in the US to gain invaluable first-hand experience of the country you’re studying.  Whatever you choose, this degree will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how America has shaped and been shaped by the world around us. You’ll learn about the relationship between culture and politics, while gaining an in-depth knowledge of the forces that transform societies and forge nations. The interdisciplinary approach at the heart of American studies will not only provide you with the analytical tools to better comprehend the United States, but also to grapple with the key political issues that shape our society today. **Course Structure** **Year 1** In your first year you’ll acquire a comprehensive historical and literary overview of the United States. You’ll analyse a series of American icons - including the Stars and Stripes, the cowboy and the prison, using them as a way to think about important issues that have shaped the American national consciousness. You’ll explore key historical topics such as the American Revolution and the writing of the Constitution, the Civil War, the Jazz Age and the Cold War. Through lectures and seminars you’ll also cover the often fiercely contested development of a national literature in the United States. You’ll trace the ways in which a multitude of voices – including Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and William Faulkner – have interpreted the nation. Throughout the year you’ll cultivate and hone the key academic and practical skills needed to study at university level. **Year 2** In your second year you’ll delve more deeply into the ideas that have animated and shaped the construction of the American nation, through the compulsory module – Exceptional States: U.S. Intellectual and Cultural History. You’ll also embark on academic specialisation, meaning that the remaining credits for the year will be drawn from modules you choose. Modules currently on offer cover a broad range of topics such as gender and sexuality, race and racism, the counterculture, youth and rebellion, and American music and film. You’ll also have the option to apply to spend your second semester studying in the US; an invaluable experience for any student of American Studies. Or you can add a comparative dimension to your understanding by applying to study for a semester in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Hong Kong. **Year 3** In your third year you’ll be able to choose four optional modules relating to the research specialisms of academic staff within the department, which may include a dissertation on a topic of your choice. Guided by a supervisor, you’ll be able to take an interdisciplinary approach to your chosen topic or specialise in an aspect of American history or literature. **Disclaimer** Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website: **www.uea.ac.uk**

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,NorwichUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £15,600