BA American Studies and English Literature (4 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Our Graduates are truly international and have careers all around the world.
  • American Studies is ranked 7th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

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 Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least 2x 20 credit modules from the list below. You may decide to select 3x 20 credit modules and not make a selection from the English Literature Optional Module Choices box below. Overall, you must select a balance of 60 credits per teaching block. You must select 60 credits in each of your joint honours subjects.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Monsters, Theories, Transformations
EN-119Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Stage Play World
EN-120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20English Essentials
AND

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
American Studies Optional Module Choices 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 3x 20 credit modules from this list. It is recommended that students take at least 40 credits of AM modules. Overall, you must select 60 credits in each teaching block and you must select 60 credits in each of your joint honours subjects.

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-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 Trump
AM-253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20New York City: History and Culture since 1945
HIH2016Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America in a Nutshell, A History of Pennsylvania from William Penn to Donald Trump 1631-2016
HIH253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Welsh Century: Politics, Nationality and Religion, 1847-1947
HUA206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Wars and Conflicts
MS-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Digital Media
PO-203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Anarchy and Order: Theories in International Relations
PO-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Global Political Economy: From Mercantilism to Neoliberalism
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-239Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Moralities of War and Peace
PO-256Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Genocide
PO-281Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20British Politics and Public Policy
AND
English Literature - Compulsory Modules Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose at least 2x 20 credit modules from this list. You may choose 3x 20 credit modules and not make a selection from the optional module choices box below. Overall, you must select a balance of 60 credits per teaching block. You must select 60 credits from each of your joint honours subjects

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-226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Conflict and the Gothic in the long nineteenth century
EN-237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Exploring the Bloody Chamber: Medieval to Postmodern
EN-239Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20No-Man's Land: Literature of the Great War
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 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Medieval Encounters
AND
English Literature Optional Module Choices 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If required, choose 1x 20 credit module from this list to make up your 60 credits of English Literature. Overall, you must select a balance of 60 credits per teaching block and 60 credits in each of your joint honours subjects.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ALE218Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discourse Analysis
ALE224Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vocabulary Studies
ALE250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20First Language Acquisition
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
HUA207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Business & Entrepreneurship
MS-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Digital Media
MSS202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of Screen Animation

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Sandwich Year

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 120 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions and to experience different cultures.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-R00Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Year Abroad (American Studies)

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 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 Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40American Studies Dissertation
EN-3031Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Dissertation - English Literature
AND
American Studies Options 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If you have selected the American Studies Dissertation - choose 1x 20 credit module from the list below. If you have selected the English Literature Dissertation - choose 3x 20 credit modules from the list below. Overall, you must select 60 credits in each teaching block. You must select 60 credits in each of your joint honours subjects.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary American Fiction
AM-320Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Drug War USA: The Politics of Prohibition
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-338Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Clear and Present Danger: Terrorism and America
HUA301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gunfighter Nation: the West in History, Mythology and Fiction
HUA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy
HUA306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Aftermaths of War
HUA308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art and Cinema
HUP301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Religion, Science, and Superstition
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
MS-302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media, Gender and Sexuality
PO-3110Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Visions of Democracy
PO-3114Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The International Politics of Space
PO-3117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and International Development
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 Maximum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If you have selected the English Literature Dissertation choose 1x 20 credit module from the list below or the Creative Writing module options. If you have selected the American Studies Dissertation you may choose 3x 20 credit modules from this list or 2x 20 credit modules and 1x 20 credit module from the creative writing options below. You must select 60 credits per teaching block.

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-3014Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Fiction Writing
EN-3027Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20William Blake: Poetry and Designs
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-3038Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20'If You Can Remember Them, You Weren't There': Literature of the 1960s
EN-3042Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postcolonial Literature
EN-3043Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry in the Twentieth Century
EN-3045Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Crime Fiction since 1920
EN-3046Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Stuff: Victorian Literature and Material Culture
EN-3048Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Professional Development: Preparing for Work
EN-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing for Radio and Screen
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
EN-314Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Chaucer
EN-319Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Poetry Writing
EN-334Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern Irish Fiction in English
EN-339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dylan Thomas
EN-374Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theorising Texts: Shakespeare, Bronte, James
EN-376Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Prehistory, History and Language
EN-394Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading/Writing Trauma
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle Ages
AND
Optional Modules - Creative Writing 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Overall, you must select 60 credits in each teaching block. You must select 60 credits in each of your joint honours subjects.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-3014Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Fiction Writing
EN-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing for Radio and Screen
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
EN-319Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Poetry Writing

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 £13,950

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.

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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