Discover America – its past, present and what its future may hold. Study its history, examine its politics and discuss the influence of American culture. If the 20th century was ‘the American century’, what will America bring to the 21st? This four-year American Studies degree programme specialises in American history and allows you to spend a year at a U.S. university, deepening your subject knowledge by studying America first-hand. American Studies at Kent is an interdisciplinary subject, which means that you learn by making connections between ideas and concepts across different disciplinary boundaries, which enriches your learning and gives you a wider perspective on your subject. Although your main focus is on history, you can also take modules that discuss American literature, politics, film, art, Hispanic studies and sociology. In your first year, you take an introductory module in American studies and two history modules that take you from the emergence of America to its place in the world today. In your second year, you examine key themes in American culture and study topics such as civil rights, the American Civil War, the American West in the 19th century and the British Atlantic world from the 16th to the 18th century. You can also take modules on American cinema and 19th-century American literature. In your final year, you complete an extended essay taking an interdisciplinary approach to your topic. You also have a wide range of history modules to choose from covering the American Revolution, the American West in the 20th century and the history of California. You can also take modules in literature (American crime fiction and Native American Literature) or look at the work of Cuban writers and artists since the revolution. You’ll join a small, friendly and attentive department where you’ll be taught by academics at the forefront of their career who have spent considerable time researching and teaching in North America. Our exchange system with U.S. universities is well established and includes such flagship campuses as the University of California, Berkeley, Mount Holyoke College, SUNY Buffalo and UCLA. We also offer four-year programmes where you focus on American Literature, or on Latin America, as well as a three-year degree American Studies degree programme with the option of a term abroad.