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University of East Anglia UEA

American Studies with a Year Abroad

UCAS Code: T700

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

preferably including English Literature or a History-related subject

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

preferably including English Literature or History-related modules. Humanities or Social Sciences pathway preferred. Other pathways are acceptable, please contact the University directly for further information.

English Literature or a History-related subject preferred. Principal subjects and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

preferably including grade 5 in higher level English or a History-related subject. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDM

preferably including English Literature or a History-related subject. BTEC Public Services is not accepted

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,C,C

preferably including English Literature or a History-related subject. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable

Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

128

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

94%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time with time abroad | 2018

Subject

American studies

On this degree youll study the United States from a literary and historical perspective. Through the exploration of great novels, landmark historical events, film, comic books, photographs and paintings, you will gain a detailed knowledge of the key moments and debates that have shaped the United States. Youll get to grips with race, gender and civil liberties in America and examine how US power has been projected around the world. Youll consider the nations relationship with the history of the American West. And youll delve into anything from popular culture to the counterculture and the avant-garde. Youll also gain first-hand experience of the US by spending your third year there before returning to UEA to complete your degree in your fourth year. Or you could add a comparative dimension to your understanding by studying in Canada or spending one semester of your year abroad in Australia, New Zealand, or Hong Kong and the other semester in the US. Whichever path you choose through your studies, this degree will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how America has shaped and been shaped by the world around us. Youll learn about the relationship between culture and politics, while gaining an in-depth knowledge of the forces that transform societies and forge nations. The interdisciplinary approach at the heart of American studies will not only provide you with the analytical tools to better comprehend the United States, but also to grapple with the key political issues that shape our society today. **Course Structure** **Year 1** In your first year youll acquire a comprehensive historical and literary overview of the United States. Youll analyse a series of American icons - including the Stars and Stripes, the cowboy and the prison, using them as a way to think about important issues that have shaped the American national consciousness. Youll explore key historical topics such as the American Revolution and the writing of the Constitution, the Civil War, the Jazz Age and the Cold War. Through lectures and seminars youll also cover the often fiercely contested development of a national literature in the United States. Youll trace the ways in which a multitude of voices including Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and William Faulkner have interpreted the nation. Throughout the year youll cultivate and hone the key academic and practical skills needed to study at university level. **Year 2** In your second year youll take one compulsory module in the Autumn semester Exceptional States: U.S. Intellectual and Cultural History. This interdisciplinary module allows you to delve more deeply into the foundational ideas that have animated and shaped the construction of the American nation. At this stage of your degree, youll also embark on academic specialisation, meaning that the remaining credits for the year will be drawn from modules you choose. Modules currently on offer cover a broad range of topics such as gender and sexuality, race and racism, the counterculture, youth and rebellion, and American music and film. **Year 3** Youll spend your third year abroad; an invaluable academic and cultural experience, one that most students consider to be the highlight of their time at university. For further details, visit the Study Abroad section on the providers website: **www.uea.ac.uk** **Year 4** In your fourth year youll be able to choose three optional modules relating to the research specialisms of academic staff within the department. Youll also complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice. Guided by a supervisor, youll be able to take an interdisciplinary approach to your chosen topic or specialise in an aspect of American history or literature. **Disclaimer** Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website: **www.uea.ac.uk**

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of East Anglia UEA

Department:

School of Art, Media and American Studies

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

83%
med
American studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

American and australasian studies

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

American and australasian studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
97%
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Employed or in further education
89%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Other administrative occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Just 615 UK students graduated with American studies degrees in 2015, so it's one of the smaller subjects in terms of student numbers and has lost numbers in recent years. Most graduates stay in the UK once they graduate - quite unusual for graduates in languages and studies of overseas cultures - and about one in six go into further study, mostly to take Masters degrees in subjects like journalism, languages, teaching and law. Graduates tend to go into any general graduate jobs, in industries such as education, advertising, social care and media and publishing. There might not be many jobs that specifically require a degree in American studies, but the skills you learn are useful in many roles.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

American studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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