BA American Studies and History (3 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    VT17
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 93% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

The American Studies and History programme aims to cover all aspects of American civilization, examining American history, literature, politics, society and popular culture, and also European history and the history of the British Isles, Asia and the Americas.

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.
  • History includes the study of Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History and covers political, social, cultural and military aspects of history.
  • Students can take a study trip or field project module. 
  • The American Studies and History student societies organise social and cultural events. Follow us on Twitter: @SUHistSoc.
  • Have a look at our blog to find out what's happening in History. 
  • Students have the option of a semester abroad in 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.
  • 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:
HIH237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Practice of History
Optional Modules
American Studies 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 2 x 20 credit modules. Students must take an equal number of modules in each teaching block. It is recommended that 40 credits overall should be modules with an AM Code

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
HIH278Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Revolutionary America, 1760 - 1791
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
History 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 2 x 20 credit modules. Please note, students may only take HIH266 in one semester. Studemts must have an equal number of modules in each teaching block

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH2001Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ancient and Historic Places (Study-Trip/Field project: History)
HIH2011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Heirs of Rome: The Making of Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam in the Early Middle Ages, 400-800
HIH222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe, 1789-1815
HIH226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Post-War Reconstruction: Europe 1945 - 1956
HIH227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Britain 1250-1461
HIH235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Golden Age of Iberia, 1450-1700
HIH240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Europe 1500-1650: Renaissance, Reformation and Religious War
HIH246Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Europe 1650-1800: From Reason to Romanticism
HIH252Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Society in the Anglo-Norman World
HIH253Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Welsh Century: Politics, Nationality and Religion, 1847-1947
HIH266Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Researching and Re-telling the Past
HIH266BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching and Re-telling the past (TB2)
HIH267Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of the Mass Media in the United Kingdom
HIH268Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20From War to Revolution: France 1914-1968
HIH272Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cold War
HIH272WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Credoau'r Cymry: Astudio Athroniaeth ac Athrawiaeth Gymreig o Safbwynt Rhyngwladol
HIH273Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Deformity, Deviance and Difference: Exploring Disability History
HIH274Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Conflict & Memory: Europe in the Twentieth Century
HIH275Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Making Modern Medicine: Doctors, Patients, and Society, 1800-2000
HIH276Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age England
HIH277Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Whose Past Is It Anyway? Exploring the Heritage Industry
HIH278Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Revolutionary America, 1760 - 1791
HUA208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The First world War: Politics, Society and culture in Europe 1870 - 1933
MLF240WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Rhyfel Algeria 1954-1962
PO-281Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20British Politics and Public Policy

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
American Studies Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students have the option of selecting the American Studies Dissertation or scroll down to select the Dissertation in your other subject area. Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block.

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

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module. It it recommended that you take 20 credits of AM coded modules overall.

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
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
History Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module. NB: Students MUST have A-Level French to select MLF325.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH300WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Concro'r Byd: Twf a Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain a Ffrainc
HIH303WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Y Rhyfel Mawr trwy lygaid y Cymry
HIH3178Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Empires in the East. A comparative analysis
HIH3181Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusades
HIH3215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media and Society in the 1930s
HIH3216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prisoners of War in Twentieth Century Conflicts
HIH3319Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20A History of Violence
HIH3326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain since 1945
HIH3335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Infections in Global History, 1500-2000
HIH3349Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20British Atlantic World c.1550-1760
HIH396Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Machiavelli to Mussolini: Government and society in Western political thought
MLF325Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20France and the Second World War: Legacies of the Dark Years
AND
History Special Subject 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3332Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Mapping Medieval Landscapes (1)
HIH3333Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Mapping Medieval Land: Domesday Book and Beyond (2)
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3311Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Law and Justice in Medieval England, Part 1
HIH3312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Law and Justice in the Middle Ages (II)
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20 Merchants & Marvels. Long-Distance Trade in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 (I)
HIH3228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20 Merchants & Marvels. Long-Distance Trade in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 (II)
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3336Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Borgias and Beyond: Politics and Culture in the Age of the Italian Wars (1494-1559) - Part I
HIH3337Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Borgias and Beyond: Politics and Culture in the Age of the Italian Wars (1494-1559) - Part II
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3347Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Henry VIII: Government, Society and Religion, 1509-1547
HIH3348Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Henry VIII: Government, society, and religion, 1509-1547 (ii)
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3304Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Great War for Empire, 1754-1764: The Americas and India
HIH3306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Great War for Empire II, 1754-1764: Europe
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Internationalism, War and Peace: Europe 1900-1933, Part I
HIH3340Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Internationalism, War and Peace: Europe, 1900-1933, Part II
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3315Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20France in Crisis 1934-1944 Part One
HIH3316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20France in Crisis, 1934-1944 Part Two
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3239Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sport and British Society (i)
HIH3240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sport and British Society (II)
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Britain at War, 1939-45: The Home Front (I)
HIH3220Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain at War, 1939-45: The Home Front (II)
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3343Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War & Photography: Britain, 1914-89 (Part 1)
HIH3345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War & Photography: Britain, 1914-89 (Part 2)
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3328Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Britain and the United States in the Nuclear Age I
HIH3329Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain and the United States in the Nuclear Age II
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Fear, Conformity and Oppression in Fascist Italy (1)
HIH3254Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fear, Conformity and Oppression in Fascist Italy (II)
OR
Hitstory Special Subjects 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War & Photography: Britain, 1914-89 (Part 2)
HIH3346Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Hungry World
Special Subject  

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3231Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Science and Nature in Early Modern Europe (i)
HIH3232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Science and Nature in Early Modern Europe (ii)
OR
OR
History Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40History Dissertation
AND
History Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module. NB: Students MUST have A-Level French if they wish to select MLF325.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH300WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Concro'r Byd: Twf a Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain a Ffrainc
HIH303WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Y Rhyfel Mawr trwy lygaid y Cymry
HIH3178Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Empires in the East. A comparative analysis
HIH3181Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusades
HIH3215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media and Society in the 1930s
HIH3216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prisoners of War in Twentieth Century Conflicts
HIH3319Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20A History of Violence
HIH3326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain since 1945
HIH3335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Infections in Global History, 1500-2000
HIH3349Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20British Atlantic World c.1550-1760
HIH396Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Machiavelli to Mussolini: Government and society in Western political thought
HUA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy
HUA309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Russian Civil War
MLF325Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20France and the Second World War: Legacies of the Dark Years
AND
American Studies Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : It is recommended that 40 credits should be modules with an AM- code.

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
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

Description

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

Entry Requirements

Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level with a B in History. 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


 “I chose Swansea University because it is a campus based university where there are lots of student sports clubs and societies, it is easy to get around and meet people, and the social life on campus is great. The location of the University could not be better; the proximity of the campus to the beach, the vibrant city centre and the surrounding parkland is fantastic. I chose History at Swansea as the course offers a great variation of topics and the modules are really interesting. They stretch from the ancient empires of China and India, to the Second World War. The expertise of the lecturers is second to none. I had a great time, met lots of people and enjoyed student life at Swansea. I now work in Events Management.”

Alistair Kirk 

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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