BA American Studies and Welsh (Second language / 3 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    QT57
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 93% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

If you'd like to study Cymraeg in a friendly department that has earned a world-class reputation for the standard of its research, then Abertawe is the place for you! With an emphasis on developing core skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, studying Welsh in an international and interdisciplinary context with American Studies at Swansea prepares you for a broad range of career options.

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.

Welsh

  • An education of the highest standard delivered by a team of enthusiastic and experienced staff
  • Small classroom sizes and increased contact hours
  • Funding opportunities by studying through the medium of Welsh
  • Opportunities for work experience
  • Two languages, two cultures; twice the opportunities, twice the fun!

American Studies

  • American Studies is an interdisciplinary degree programme which includes the study of American Literature, History and Politics.
  • Visiting American Professors offer modules as part of the American Studies degree.
  • The American Studies Student Society organises social and cultural events.
  • American Studies is ranked 2nd in the UK in the Guardian University League Tables 2016.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

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:
CY-280Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Iaith: Ymarfer
Optional Modules
Joint Honours American Studies  

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 40 credits of AM modules. Students must select 60 credits from each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Crime Story: American Hard-Boiled Fiction and Film Noir
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-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Issues in American Politics
AM-240Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paradox of Power: American Foreign Policy
AM-245Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20John F. Kennedy and America
AM-250Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ghettos, Streets, Suburbs: Cultural Representations of the American City, 1890 - present
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
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-237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Latin American Politics through Film
PO-256Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Genocide
AND

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CY-351Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Iaith: Meistroli
Optional Modules
Dissertation Options 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Both of the below are dissertation modules worth 40 credits each. Students may select AM-336 OR CY-342, but not both. Students must select 60 credits from each discipline overall. Students must have an equal number of credits in each semester.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-336Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40American Studies Dissertation
CY-342Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Traethawd Estynedig
AND
American Studies Optionals 

Choose Maximum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students taking the Dissertation module AM-336 select one module from below. Students taking the Welsh Dissertation CY-342 select three modules from below

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Power and Protest in American Political Culture
AM-316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary American Fiction
AM-330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America and the Bomb
AM-331Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Presidency: Leadership and Power
AM-333Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20African American Literature 1910-1940: The Harlem Renaissance
AM-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Civil War in History and Memory
AM-337Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20"A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall": America in the 1960s
AM-338Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Clear and Present Danger: Terrorism and America
HIH3335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Infections in Global History, 1500-2000
HUA300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Rise of Brazil
HUA301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gunfighter Nation: the West in History, Mythology and Fiction
HUA306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Aftermaths of War
HUA308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art and Cinema
MS-302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media, Gender and Sexuality
PO-3114Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The International Politics of Space
PO-3316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Shadow Wars: US Presidents and covert action from the Cold War to Obama
PO-392Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Security
AND
Welsh Optionals 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits from each teaching block. Students NOT taking the Dissertation module CY-342 select two modules from below

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CY-305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dafydd ap Gwilym
CY-329Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ysgrifennu Creadigol
CY-333Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drama a Ffilm
CY-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cyfieithu
CY-339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith a Chymdeithas
CY-344Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Crefft Y Cyfarwydd
CY-348Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Diddanwch, Dysg a Defosiwn
CY-352Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gwlad Beirdd a Storiwyr

Description

The American Studies and Welsh (Second language) programme aims to cover all aspects of American civilization, examining history, literature, politics, society and popular culture whilst at the same time giving students the opportunity to study the Welsh language, literature and culture.

Students study six modules a year, 3 in American Studies and 3 in Welsh.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are 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, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. Candidates studying for American qualifications should have a minimum of 550 in each part of the SAT reasoning and subject tests (or 1650 overall). We require a minimum IELT score of 6.0.

How To Apply

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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 £12,900

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 spent four unforgettable years at the Welsh department and throughout my time there I knew I could turn to any one of the staff to discuss anything, anytime. It's a friendly environment with outstanding one to one support and I believe that a degree in Welsh from Swansea has been instrumental in securing my current post. Working bilingually opens many doors and I am grateful that the Welsh department at Aacademi Hywel Teifi laid the foundations for my career".

Zoe Rushton, Producer, Doctor Who BBC Wales


American Studies

"The American Studies course at Swansea is broad but I felt that this allowed me to select modules to suit my needs and interest and thus I was able to excel because I could study the topics I felt truly passionate about. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the US and worked as a researcher for a professor and spent some time working on a local political campaign. I also enjoyed the breadth and flexibility of the American Studies course in that I covered history, politics and literature in the first two years before focussing on politics in my final year through the modules I selected and my dissertation. I now work as a Research Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates one of the top four executive search firms globally. We are a NY headquartered company and quite “American” in terms of our culture which I easily understand after studying American Studies and experiencing a year abroad in the USA."

Amy Tindale


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.

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