Learn about the life, politics and cultural dynamism of the United States. You’ll explore the unique political, cultural and revolutionary history of this remarkable superpower, and spend a year in North America, steeped in the history of the nation you are studying. On this course you’ll be studying in a pioneering American Studies department, opening windows on to the history of the United States and its people – and their influences on, and relationships with, the world as a whole. If you’re open to gaining a global outlook on politics, literature and culture and keen to establish yourself on an international footing in your studies and future career, this BA is a great choice. As a student of American Studies you’ll arrive ready to explore and test radical ideas. Through your degree you’ll hone your ability to analyse key cultural and political moments, think critically and write clearly and persuasively. You will be learning in an environment where ideas are shared and debated. You’ll be encouraged to follow through on your own interests and opinions as you study with leading academics in the field. Your year abroad is an experience you’ll carry with you through your career; it will show that you have the strength of mind to immerse yourself in another culture in the pursuit of learning. You’ll graduate with a global mindset – enormously valuable in today’s jobs market, whether you choose to stay in the UK or aim for a career abroad, and whether your career path is in journalism, PR, the civil service, or something else altogether. As you progress through this course you’ll discover the United States from literary, political and historical perspectives, engaging with diverse forms of cultural expression, from great novels and films, to photographs and paintings. In the first year you’ll get a foundation in the core texts of American literature and the defining events in American history, while also developing the critical and writing skills essential for success at university and beyond. You’ll choose your own modules in the second year from a wide range of topics. During your year abroad, depending on where you study, you could have the chance to complete an internship at a publisher, newspaper or TV station. In your final year you’ll take further options, and have the opportunity to bring your skills and new perspectives together in a dissertation, guided by a member of our world-leading faculty. You’ll graduate equipped with a deep understanding of the USA, its cultural influence, and its power in shaping world affairs and the spirit of the age.