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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

Learn about the life, politics and cultural dynamism of the United States. You’ll explore the unique political, cultural and revolutionary history of this remarkable superpower, and spend a year in North America, steeped in the history of the nation you are studying.

On this course you’ll be studying in a pioneering American Studies department, opening windows on to the history of the United States and its people – and their influences on, and relationships with, the world as a whole. If you’re open to gaining a global outlook on politics, literature and culture and keen to establish yourself on an international footing in your studies and future career, this BA is a great choice.

As a student of American Studies you’ll arrive ready to explore and test radical ideas. Through your degree you’ll hone your ability to analyse key cultural and political moments, think critically and write clearly and persuasively.

You will be learning in an environment where ideas are shared and debated. You’ll be encouraged to follow through on your own interests and opinions as you study with leading academics in the field. Your year abroad is an experience you’ll carry with you through your career; it will show that you have the strength of mind to immerse yourself in another culture in the pursuit of learning. You’ll graduate with a global mindset – enormously valuable in today’s jobs market, whether you choose to stay in the UK or aim for a career abroad, and whether your career path is in journalism, PR, the civil service, or something else altogether.

As you progress through this course you’ll discover the United States from literary, political and historical perspectives, engaging with diverse forms of cultural expression, from great novels and films, to photographs and paintings. In the first year you’ll get a foundation in the core texts of American literature and the defining events in American history, while also developing the critical and writing skills essential for success at university and beyond. You’ll choose your own modules in the second year from a wide range of topics.

During your year abroad, depending on where you study, you could have the chance to complete an internship at a publisher, newspaper or TV station. In your final year you’ll take further options, and have the opportunity to bring your skills and new perspectives together in a dissertation, guided by a member of our world-leading faculty. You’ll graduate equipped with a deep understanding of the USA, its cultural influence, and its power in shaping world affairs and the spirit of the age.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

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
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B
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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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
87%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Other administrative occupations
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
Customer service 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.

Language and area 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.

£17k

£17k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

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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