BA American Studies and Geography (3 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    LT77
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    ABB-BBB
  3. 93% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

American Studies and Geography is an interdisciplinary degree programme which includes the study of American History, Literature, Politics and Geography.

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.
  • Visiting American Professors offer modules as part of the American Studies degree.
  • Over 150 American students study at Swansea each year, giving you access to a ready-made network of contacts with links stretching across the USA.

  • Weblink to information for Geography

  • 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.
  • The American Studies Student Society organises social and cultural events.
  • 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.

Description

Joint Honours students study six modules per year, three in American Studies and three in Geography.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are ABB-BBB at A-level with a B in Geography. 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 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BB at A-level. Access candidates should have 18 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.

Have a look at our Country pages for International qualifications.

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 £14,100

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 loved my degree. I specialised for the most part in physical geography. I was always fascinated in the wonders of the world and what made it tick. And you could definitely argue that my plate tectonics education helps me fully understand the dangers of living near the San Andreas Fault! Geography helps you look at the world with an analytical eye. It forces you to weigh up evidence and come to conclusions and question the origin of things. Journalism is exactly the same".

Melanie Bromley, BA (Hons) Geography

(Melanie followed a career in journalism and is currently the West Coast bureau chief of American Celebrity Magazine Us Weekly).

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.

History

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