BA American Studies and English Literature (3 year)

Course Overview

American Studies and English Literature is one of the most diverse, stimulating and challenging disciplines offered at university. Both subjects have had a profound influence on social, political and cultural movements in the past and the present.

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

  • American Studies is an interdisciplinary degree programme which includes the study of American Literature, History and Politics.
  • English Literature covers themes from the early-Medieval period to the present day. 
  • Optional modules are available in Creative Writing. 
  • Specialist researchers and teachers of Gender offer modules.
  • Students have the option of a semester abroad in the USA in the second year of study.
  • Our students have an academic mentor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • The American Studies and English Societies organise literary, social and cultural events. Follow them on Twitter or follow the Siren, English student blog.
  • American Studies is ranked 7th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2018. Read more here.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
AM-111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The American Experience 1492-2000
AM-112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20American Politics and Society
AM-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to American Literature and Culture
Optional Modules
English Literature Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You MUST select EN-100 and either EN-114 OR EN-119. You must ensure a balance of 60 credits per teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Monsters, Theories, Transformations
EN-114Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Voices of Poetry
EN-119Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Stage Play World
AND
English Literature Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must ensure an overall 60 credits per teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language Teaching Methodology
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
ALE116Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20A History of the English Language
EN-112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Approaches to Gender in English Literature
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 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
American Studies Optionals 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : It is recommended that students take 40 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-212Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Topics in American Studies I:
AM-215Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20American Word/American Image
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)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
AM-253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20New York City: History and Culture since 1945
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: War, Strategy and the Use of Force in the Post Cold War Era
PO-235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Global Justice and Human Rights
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
AND
English Literature Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block. Select at least two from the list below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Debating Texts: Theory in Literature
EN-207Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolution of the Word: Modernism
EN-237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Exploring the Bloody Chamber: Medieval to Postmodern
EN-239Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20No-Man's Land: Literature of the Great War
EN-240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolution and Romanticism
EN-241Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fragments of Union: The Cultural Making and Breaking of Britain
EN-242Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contentious Shakespeare
EN-266Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Encounters
AND
English Literature Optionals 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block. Select sufficient modules from below to make up 60 credits in English Literature when combined with your selection from English Literature modules above.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ALE202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sociolinguistics
ALE211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Psycholinguistics
ALE218Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discourse Analysis
ALE224Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vocabulary Studies
EN-204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction
EN-232Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Writing Poetry
EN-234Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Writing Fiction
EN-236Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Writing Drama
EN-260Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Dialect

Description

American Studies and English Literature is a well-established programme.  Students study six modules a year, 3 in American Studies and 3 in English Literature. 

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent including a B in English Literature or the combined English Language and Literature A-level or A-level Creative Writing. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including: International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,700

Important Information for 2018/19: The Welsh Government has recently issued a statement (July 2017) outlining intentions to increase the maximum tuition fee in 2018/19 for full-time undergraduate degree programmes in line with inflation. This may mean the maximum tuition fee for 2018/19 could be set to increase from £9,000 to £9,295 per annum. If the Welsh Government passes this update to The Higher Education (Amounts) (Wales) Regulations 2015 later in the year, the University will apply to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) to increase its maximum fee level to £9,295 subject to satisfactory approval of a variation to the 2018/19 Fee & Access plan. If approved by HEFCW, the University will immediately write to all students affected notifying them of this fee increase as soon as is practically possible.

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

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 Quote

"I studied English and American Studies at Swansea and I am employed by Rackspace which is  an IT company, currently the worlds leader in hosting. I work in the sales department. I found the role through a graduate recruitment company so the role is officially a graduate career. I qualify incoming leads and then pass them onto our sales specialists who 'close' the deal. It is a varied role and I work on the phones and the internet finding leads and qualifying incoming leads. I found the English and American Studies course I studied to be very helpful when looking for work. Employers were very interested in my degree."

Natalie Picken 

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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