Discover America – its past, present and what its future may hold. As Hispanic influences permeate US culture ever more visibly, you explore the history of Spanish American culture through politics, literature and cinema. You also look at America’s relationships with its closest neighbours. This four-year American Studies degree programme specialises in Latin America and allows you to spend a year at one of our partner universities in Latin America, where you will be taught in Spanish. (Alternatively, you can also spend a year studying at one of our partner universities in the U.S). 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 Latin America, you can also take modules that discuss American literature, history, politics, film, art, and sociology. In your first year, you take introductory modules on American studies and Hispanic culture as well as Spanish language modules. In your second year, you examine key themes in American culture, continue your Spanish language modules and take modules on race and ethnicity in Latin America and Latin American poetry. You can also take modules on American cinema, 19th-century American literature and the American Civil War. In your final year, you complete an extended essay taking an interdisciplinary approach to your topic. You continue with your Spanish language modules and take modules on the work of Cuban writers and artists since the revolution. You can also take modules in history (the American West in the 20th century and the history of California); or literature (American crime fiction and Native American Literature). When you study at the Centre for American Studies at Kent, 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 and South America. We also offer four-year programmes where you focus on American History or on American Literature, as well as a three-year degree American Studies degree programme with the option of a term abroad.