BA American Studies and English Literature (4 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    TQ73
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 93% Graduate Employment

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In the third year, students spend a year abroad studying in the USA.
  • The American Studies and English Societies organise literary, social and cultural events. Follow them on Twitter or follow the Siren, English student blog.
  • 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.
  • 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
American Studies Joint Honours 

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-213Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Topics in American Studies II:
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)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
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
AND
English Literature Joint Honours 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block.

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:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ALE211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Psycholinguistics
ALE218Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discourse Analysis
ALE224Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Corpora and Concordancing
AM-204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Race and Ethnicity: American Perspectives
AM-215Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20American Word/American Image
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 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Studying Dialect
ENA200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sociolinguistics

Year 4 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select either the American Studies Dissertation or the English Literature Dissertation

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-336Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40American Studies Dissertation
EN-3031Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Dissertation - English Literature
AND
American Studies Options 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If you are taking the American Studies Dissertation - select one module from the list below. If you are taking the English Literature Dissertation - select three modules from the list below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary American Fiction
AM-330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America and the Bomb
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
HUA303Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Research Portfolio
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
English Literature Options 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If you are taking the American Studies Dissertation select three modules from the list below. If you are takingthe English Literature Dissertation select one module from the list below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-3010Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Uncanny places and cyberspaces: Gender and the fantastic
EN-3011Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discovering old English
EN-3016Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Literature and the Metropolis: Representations of London Life 1900-1939
EN-3018Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Neo-Victorian Fictions
EN-3019Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Thomas Hardy
EN-3027Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20William Blake: Poetry and Designs
EN-3028Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Women's Writing
EN-3029Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postmodernist and Post-war Fiction
EN-3036Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20'Love, and a bit with a dog': Comedy in Renaissance England
EN-3037Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Exodus: Moses and Minority Literature
EN-3039Stage 2 (Mar - Jun Professional Development)20Renaissance Tragedy
EN-3042Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postcolonial Literature
EN-3043Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry in the Twentieth Century
EN-3044Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20HEARTS IN HIDING: HARDY AND HOPKINS AS POETS OF INNOVATION AND IDIOSYNCRASY
EN-314Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Chaucer
EN-334Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern Irish Fiction in English
EN-335Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20European Fiction and Drama 1850 - 1920
EN-339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dylan Thomas
EN-374Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theorising Texts: Shakespeare, Bronte, James
EN-383Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20W.B. Yeats
EN-390Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Erotics and Exotics of Romantic Orientalism
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle Ages

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 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 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.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

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 now 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 qulaifying 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 and of course of the fact that I spent a year studying in the States."

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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