1. UCAS code:
    T701
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 93% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

“I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.” Barack Obama, July 2004. American Studies is an interdisciplinary degree programme which includes the study of American History, Literature and Politics.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee Excellence scholarship for the MA year. 
  • BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a Merit scholarship and pay £1,000 fees for the MA year.
  • Visiting American Professors offer modules as part of the American Studies degree.
  • Students have the option of a semester abroad in the USA during the second year of study.
  • Over 150 American students study at Swansea each year, giving you access to a ready-made network of contacts with links stretching across the USA.
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • The American Studies Student Society organises social and cultural events.
  • Our Graduates are truly international and have careers all around the world.
  • American Studies is ranked 2nd in the UK in the Guardian University League Tables 2016

 

 

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
AM-213Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Topics in American Studies II:
Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 100 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : It is recommended that students should take 80 credits of AM modules. Students must select 60 credits from each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Race and Ethnicity: American Perspectives
AM-214Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Frontier Narratives
AM-215Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20American Word/American Image
AM-217Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Making of Transatlantic America
AM-218Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Re-Thinking the South: Southern Culture and History, 1865-1955
AM-245Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20John F. Kennedy and America
AM-250Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20New American Studies module
AM-251Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20America in Crisis: Political Culture and Society from the Tet Offensive to the Tea Party
HIH272Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cold War
HUA203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Digital War
HUA206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Wars and Conflicts
HUA208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The First world War: Politics, Society and culture in Europe 1870 - 1933
MS-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Digital Media
MSS202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of Screen Animation
PO-203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Anarchy and Order: Theories in International Relations
PO-222Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Globalisation
PO-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Empire Strikes Back: American Security Policy in the Post-Cold War Era
PO-235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Human Rights and Global Justice
PO-237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Latin American Politics through Film
PO-239Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Moralities of War and Peace
PO-256Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Genocide

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
AM-336Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40American Studies Dissertation
Optional Modules

Description

The American Studies programme aims to cover all aspects of American civilization, examining history, literature, politics, society and popular culture from the discovery and founding of the “New World” up to and including the ever-changing modern face of the most influential nation on the planet.

 

Entry Requirements

Our preferred offer for UK applicants is BBB-BBC at A-level. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement. For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. 

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,150

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

"I study American Studies and I am in my final year. I am currently participating in the Political and Cultural Studies Internship module, and have a placement at South West Wales Media in Swansea, the home of the South Wales Evening Post. I am working with the Marketing and Communications Director, Nick Copson. This experience is very beneficial to me, as I hope to do a Masters in Business Administration after I graduate, and this internship is providing me with experience of both the business/marketing field as well as the workplace."

Susan Jones

 



Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

92.9 per cent * of American Studies Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. American Studies at Swansea is ranked 1st for graduate prospects in The Guardian Good University Guide 2016.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in American Studies will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, government, research and events management, working for organisations such as:

  • Westminster Forum Projects
  • Labour Party
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA International Communication and Development
  • MA International Relations
  • MA War and Society

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of American Studies. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

History

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