BA American Studies and Geography (4 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    TL77
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    AAB-BBB
  3. 91% 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

  • Students have a year abroad in the USA during the third year of study.
  • 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 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 Student Society organises social and cultural events.
  • 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. 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
GEG103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Global environmental change: The human impact
GEG104Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10People Place and Nation
GEG105Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Global Shifts: Towards a New World Order?
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1x 20 credit module in TB1 and 1 x 10 credit module in TB2 Students MUST select either GEG100 OR GEC100 AND either GEG106 OR GEC106

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Daearyddol
GEC106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cynaladwyedd mewn byd bregus
GEG100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Geographical skills
GEG106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Sustainability in a fragile world

Description

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

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent with a B in Geography. 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 BTEC Diploma DMM; 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 £14,950

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.

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 Quotes

"My year at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign has changed me as a person, and has made me so much more confident and independent. The school is fantastic, with so many classes to choose from and plenty of great facilities on one big, beautiful campus. The larger workload has taught me how to handle my assignments more efficiently and has trained me to work harder for my final year at Swansea. I have been working as a research assistant with a notable professor, so have gained valuable research experience and skills. Being in the US has been a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget, and definitely has been the best year of my life. I would definitely recommend doing a year abroad to anyone, it will be the best decision you ever make!".

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.

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