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American Studies BA (Hons)
American Studies BA (Hons)

American Studies BA (Hons)

  • ID:NU440138
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • 120 UCAS Tariff points
  • From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate
  • GCSE Requirements: Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Course Information

American Studies is the perfect course if you want to learn more about the history, literature, politics, film, art and popular culture of the United States. Whether your interests lie in the Civil War or the War on Terror, Walt Whitman or Walt Disney, this course will help you to develop your critical and imaginative skills in the context of the American experience and its global significances.

If you want to gain an in-depth understanding of US society and how it has come to exert such a powerful influence on the modern world, Northumbria is the university for you. We have one of the largest concentrations of US specialists working outside North America. We also offer opportunities to spend a semester or a whole year at at one of our partner institutions located throughout the US, from New York to California.

The cornerstones of American Studies are History and English, meaning our graduates have excellent employment prospects similar to students from those disciplines. Possible careers after successful completion of the course include journalism, publishing, teaching and government service.

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Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

Year 1

  • AM4001 -Introduction to American Studies (Core,20 Credits)
  • AM4002 -Contemporary America (Core,20 Credits)
  • EL4003 -Representing the US: From Slavery to Terrorism (Core,20 Credits)
  • EL4006 -Concepts in Criticism and Culture (Core,20 Credits)
  • HI4005 -From Sea to Shining Sea: US History from 1776 to 2008 (Core,20 Credits)
  • HI4007 -Making History (Core,20 Credits)
  • YC5001 -Academic Language Skills for Humanities & Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year 2

  • AD5011 -Humanities Study Abroad (60 credit) (Optional,60 Credits)
  • AM5002 -American Studies Extended Essay (Core,20 Credits)
  • AM5003 -The American West (Core,20 Credits)
  • EL5005 -Geneses of English Literature (Optional,20 Credits)
  • EL5006 -Poetry: Tradition and Experiment (Optional,20 Credits)
  • EL5007 -Literature and Identity (Optional,20 Credits)
  • EL5010 -Historical Fiction (Optional,20 Credits)
  • HI5009 -Your Graduate Future (Core,20 Credits)
  • HI5013 -Persistent Imperialists: British Overseas Expansion Before 1800 (Optional,20 Credits)
  • HI5034 -Setting America Right: Conservatism in the United States, 1933 - 2016 (Optional,20 Credits)
  • HI5040 -Dictatorship and Development: Central America, 1912-1996 (Optional,20 Credits)
  • IR5010 -Foreign Policy Analysis (Optional,20 Credits)
  • MP5022 -Cultural Identities on Screen (Optional,20 Credits)
  • YC5001 -Academic Language Skills for Humanities & Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year 3

  • AD5009 -Humanities Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)
  • AD5010 -Humanities Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)
  • AT5004 -Year in International Business (This is made up of 5 modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
  • AT5007 -Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

At the end of a thoroughly enjoyable educational experience, you will emerge from your time at university with the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

American Studies graduates are especially valued because of their excellent communication skills and the way they think intelligently, critically and laterally as they draw on a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. You'll be attractive to employers in the areas of teaching, publishing, journalism, cultural administration, advertising, public relations, the civil service, heritage management, social research, non-governmental organisations, public history and the diplomatic service.

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Insurance Single: 300 GBP/year

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