Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 1 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
Your studies will revolve around core courses in American history and literature.
- Foundations of American history to 1890
- Discovering American literature
- Introduction to Canadian studies
- Research skills in American and Canadian studies
You will also take one Widening Horizons Module which you choose from a wide variety from across the university.
Detailed descriptions of first year modules
You will continue to study history and culture, but you will also develop your own interests - political, sociological, literary or multicultural - by selecting 40 credits of specialist options modules.
- 20th Century American Literature and Culture: Modernity to Postmodernity
- 20th Century American Literature and Culture: Mainstream and Margin
- USA: Political and Social History 1890 - 1980
- America in the World, 1890 - 1980
Detailed descriptions of second year modules
You will spend the third year in North America . You will begin research for your dissertation this year and the year counts towards your final degree. Please note, you must pass the second year course with a mark of at least 50% to be eligible for study abroad.
You will have the opportunity to study with one of our exchange partner Universities, where you will be free to select from a wide range of American and Canadian civilisation courses.
Alternatively, we also offer a limited number of students an internship (a work placement) working with the British American Business Council (the BABC) or a company who have membership of the BABC.
More information on the year abroad options
Your final-year modules are drawn from a wide range of options which examine multiculturalism, cross-cultural themes, contemporary literature and film, American international history and politics. You will also complete a substantial research project for your Dissertation.
- Dissertation Or Audio-Visual Dissertation
Detailed descriptions of final year modules