The BA (Hons.) English Literature and American Studies is an interdisciplinary programme, which offers students the opportunity to combine the study of American literatures, history, and culture, with a wider exploration of the literatures of the world and a training in English Studies. As well as providing you with access to the traditional range of English Literature modules, that encompass the Anglo-Saxon period through to the contemporary novel, this degree will also give you a grounding in the methods and debates of American Studies, providing you with a large palette of analytical tools. You will be introduced to the political, legal, and administrative frameworks of US politics and society, and become familiarize with a raft of concepts-mass incarceration, inequality, poverty, racial stratification, the logics of policing, the changing nature of work and leisure, radical organizing, military power, cultural imperialism, environmental policies, and urban politics-that have obvious wider reach in contemporary global society. Working with such concepts will help to refine your critical perspectives on literature, encouraging you to place such works within broader historical, political, and cultural patterns. By working with materials taken from the worlds of film, music, and cultural debate, you will also come to think about where the boundaries of literature might lie. Students on this programme are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities for study abroad, especially with our partner institutions in North America and Europe. These opportunities are offered competitively to students in their second year, and allow them to spend between one semester and the entire year at one of our partner institutions in the United States or Canada. **The course aims to:** - Provide students with the opportunity to engage with a significant range of relevant American literature, history, politics and film, exploiting their interdependence and distinctiveness within the discipline of American Studies - Provide students with the opportunity to pursue, in parallel with American Studies, the study of English Literature from the Medieval to the Modern period - Familiarise students with, and enable them to apply, traditional and modern theories of literary and cultural criticism - Develop in students powers of critical and analytical thinking and the ability to apply these to primary and secondary texts - Foster advanced skills in written and verbal forms of expression - Produce graduates possessing the transferable skills of self-management and independence essential for employment, postgraduate study, or further training. **Special Features** The University of Manchester was the home of the first Department of American Studies in the UK. The BA (Hons) English Literature and American Studies is taught in the subject area of English and American Studies, which has research strengths in many areas, including Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture and African-American Studies. In the second year you can choose to go to the United States or Canada for one semester or for the whole year (see below). You will study in direct contact with scholars who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research at the forefront of new developments and ideas. This is particularly true in the third year when specialist courses are taught by staff who are acknowledged experts in their chosen fields, enabling you to pursue a rewarding path to completing your own piece of original research. Overseas Study: Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. Exchange partners are offered to all students at the University through the Erasmus Exchange scheme (in Europe) or via the Worldwide Exchange scheme, in the USA or Canada.