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American Studies (United States) BA

University of Essex
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Colchester
English
October 2021

Program description

American Studies (United States) BA

The complex and ever-changing American culture continues to fascinate. For well over a century, the US has been one of the most influential countries in the world, rising to be a world ‘superpower’ and dominating the world stage. Its commercial and cultural products are exported all over the world, from Silicon Valley and Hollywood, to jazz, blues and hip hop.

BA American Studies (United States) is for those with enthusiasm, passion and intellectual curiosity about all things American. At Essex, we offer you an opportunity to understand some of the diverse and paradoxical aspects of the US through interdisciplinary studies. The US – perhaps more than any other society – lends itself to interdisciplinary study; its literature and film are connected to its politics, its cultures are linked to its histories.

Crucially, you also spend either a term or a full academic year studying in the United States, so you can explore and become immersed in American culture.

Admission requirements

UK entry requirements

A-levels: BBB, including one essay-based subject

BTEC: DDM, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555, including a Higher Level essay-based subject grade 5.

We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school or the inquiries team.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Modern Revolutions in Science, Politics, and Culture
  • Introduction to United States Literature
  • The Great American Experiment
  • Introduction to United States
  • Introduction to United States Sociology
  • Skills for University Studies
  • Colonialism to Revolution: Power and Politics in Latin America
  • Popular Film, Literature and Television: A Psychoanalytic Approach (Freud and Jung)

Year 2

  • Crisis of the American Idea
  • Social Entrepreneurs, Sustainability and Community Action
  • "I, too, sing America": Identity, Diversity, and Voice in United States Literature
  • Navigating the Digital World
  • Doing Interdisciplinary Research for a BA Dissertation: Approaches, Methods, Practice

Final Year

  • Term Abroad Module 1
  • Term Abroad Module 2
  • American Society: Ethnic Encounters in the Making of the USA
  • "There is a Continent Outside My Window" : United States and Caribbean Literatures in Dialogue
  • Final Year Dissertation

Program delivery

American Studies (United States) BA: 3 years

American Studies (United States) BA (Including Year Abroad): 4 years

American Studies (United States) BA (Including Placement Year): 4 years

  • Taught through lectures plus classes of about twenty students
  • You take a one-hour lecture and a one-hour class for each of your modules every week
  • Spend either a term or a full year experiencing the American education system
  • Other teaching methods will depend on your individual combination of subjects

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21

  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £16,850

Career opportunities

Our course offers you the chance to gain a wide-ranging knowledge of many aspects of American life and intimate acquaintance with the region in the United States where you have spent a period of study.

This provides excellent preparation for careers in media, education, politics, the Civil Service, international organisations such as the UN and NATO or non-governmental organisations, and many other fields.

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University of Essex

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University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester


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