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BA (Hons) History with American Studies

University of Portsmouth
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Portsmouth
English

Program description

BA (Hons) History with American Studies

If you want to explore history, while specialising in the politics and culture of the USA, there’s no better place to study it than Portsmouth, a city with a rich heritage of its own.

On this BA (Hons) History with American Studies degree, you'll study the periods of British and global history that interest you most, while you focus a proportion of your studies on the United States of America. When you explore the USA, you'll examine contemporary and historical issues about American society, such as its politics and constitution, literature and culture, its foreign policy and global impact, the founding of the Republic, and minority and gender histories.

You'll develop your skills in research and analysis across global cultures, and gain sought-after workplace qualities in communication and teamwork.

Admission requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – BBC–BCC
  • UCAS points – 104–112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include History or another relevant subject (calculate your UCAS points)
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Culture & Conflict in Europe, 1450-2000
  • Debating the Past: Historical Perspectives
  • Fragments of the Past: Understanding Sources and Bias
  • Going Global: Encounters & Exchanges, 1450-2000
  • History: Academic Enrichment Program
  • Thinking Like An Historian

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • History: Academic Enrichment Program
  • Introduction to Historical Research
  • Masses and Modernity, 1750-1914

Optional modules on this year include:

  • British Political Leadership
  • Danger! Censorship, Power and the People
  • Family, Career and Generation
  • Fear and Fun: Popular Culture and Elite Anxieties
  • From Revolution to Dictatorship - Russia & the Soviet Union 1917-1941
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Ideology and Politics
  • Imagined Communities: Ethnicity and National Identity
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning from Experience
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Race and Racism
  • Russian & Eurasian Politics
  • Slavery and Antislavery in the Atlantic World
  • Social Power, Elites and Dissent
  • Study Abroad
  • The Extraordinary and the Everyday: People, Places and Possessions
  • Underworlds: Crime, Deviance & Punishment in Britain, 1500-1900

Optional placement year

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules on this year include:

  • Dissertation / Major Project (History)
  • History: Academic Enrichment Program

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Autocracy and Democracy
  • Challenging Global Inequality
  • Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
  • Learning from Experience
  • Looking for Utopia, Finding Dystopia? Ideas and Ideologies in the New Millennium
  • Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday
  • NGOs and Social Movements
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Security Challenges in the Twenty-First Century
  • Special Subject: Group Project 1
  • Special Subject: Group Project 2
  • Special Subject: Individual Research 1
  • Special Subject: Individual Research 2
  • Violence, War and Society

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich with work placement

Tuition fees

  • For UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • For International students: £15,500 per year

Qualification

On this degree course you’ll:

  • Tailor your studies to your interests and the periods of history and American studies that interest you most
  • Have access to primary and secondary historical sources through local organisations and archive subscriptions
  • Engage with archives from North America, including government and personal papers and cultural sources
  • Learn from staff who are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the UK's largest research centre of its kind
  • Enhance your studies by taking advantage of our close links with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Records Service and the D-Day Museum
  • Explore current debates about the past and how it's interpreted, with expert scholars in the field
  • Study in a city that has played a major role in the history of Britain
  • Develop a critical understanding of the world we live in
  • Get an in-depth understanding of our society and how we interact with it
  • Learn how our lives intersect with wider social structures

Continuing studies

You could also continue your studies at Master's or PhD level.

Career opportunities

Employers from every area of industry value today’s history and sociology graduates. When you complete the course, you'll have the ability to analyse and manage large amounts of information, communicate effectively, research in groups or independently, and write in a concise and informative way.

What can you do with a History degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to pursue a role in areas such as:

  • journalism
  • law
  • teaching
  • administration
  • the heritage sector
  • postgraduate study
  • publishing
  • research for media production companies
  • health and social care
  • What jobs can you do with a History degree?

Roles they've taken on include:

  • archivist
  • recruitment consultant
  • museum curator
  • public relations officer
  • information analyst

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University of Portsmouth

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

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University of Portsmouth

Winston Churchill Avenue
PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
United Kingdom

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