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American Studies and English Literature (with a Year Abroad)

Swansea University
Swansea, Wales
 2788 Points
4 Years

Program Description

You will be able to explore the history, literature, politics and culture, of the United States from the period of colonization to the presidency of Donald Trump, as well as many aspects of English literature from gothic and genre fiction to renaissance literature, creative writing and professional writing. You will spend the third year studying in an American university, further improving your student experience and career prospects, and you will have the opportunity to be involved with projects with the Dylan Thomas Centre and the National Theatre Wales.

• Fees for full time Undergraduate EU/International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.
• For a Year Abroad you will be charged 15% of the agreed standard fee.

Entry Requirements

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High School Diploma (or equivalent)
IB Diploma
English Level
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
International Baccalaureate
A levels
TOEFL (internet based)
Pearson Test of Academic Engl.

Alternative Entry Qualifications:

  • A level (or equivalent) typical offer: BBB

Alternative English Language Qualifications:

  • Swansea ELTS test (SWELT): 6.0
  • INTO English Language Assessment: 169
  • CaMLA - Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE): 650
  • Euroexam @ C1 academic level: Pass

Important Information:

  • For students who fall short of only the English language requirement we offer a range of pre-sessional training programmes that you may take before starting your degree programme.


Year 1

Compulsory Modules:

20 - The American Experience 1492-2000

20 - American Politics and Society

20 - Introduction to American Literature and Culture

English Literature - Compulsory Modules Selective:

20 - Monsters, Theories, Transformations

20 - The Stage Play World

20 - English Essentials

English Literature - Optional Module Choices:

20 - Studying the English Language

20 - Of Gods and Heroes - Greek Mythology

20 - Ovid's Metamorphoses. The Transformations of Mythology

20 - Approaches to Gender in English Literature

20 - Literature and Society in Medieval Europe

20 - Creative Writing: Fiction Genres

20 - Creative Writing: Styles of Fiction

20 - Medieval Europe: an introduction

20 - Europe of Extremes: 1789 - 1989

20 - Modern British History

20 - Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives

Year 2

American Studies Optional Module Choices:

20 - Race and Ethnicity: American Perspectives

20 - American Word/American Image

20 - The Making of Transatlantic America

20 - Re-Thinking the South: Southern Culture and History, 1865-1955

20 - Ghettos, Streets, Suburbs: Cultural Representations of the American City, 1890 - present

20 - America in Crisis: Political Culture and Society from the Tet Offensive to Trump

20 - Global Political Economy: From Mercantilism to Neoliberalism

20 - Globalisation

20 - Moralities of War and Peace

20 - The History of Political Thought

20 - Genocide

20 - British Politics and Public Policy

20 - Contemporary Wars and Conflicts

20 - The First World War

English Literature - Compulsory Modules Selective:

20 - Debating Texts: Theory in Literature

20 - Revolution of the Word: Modernism

20 - Conflict and the Gothic in the long nineteenth century

20 - Exploring the Bloody Chamber: Medieval to Postmodern

20 - Fragments of Union: The Cultural Making and Breaking of Britain

20 - Contentious Shakespeare

20 - Medieval Encounters

20 - Literature and War in the 20th Century

English Literature Optional Module Choices:

20 - Tools for English Language Teaching

20 - Discourse Analysis

20 - Child Language and Literacy

20 - Race and Ethnicity: American Perspectives

20 - American Word/American Image

20 - Ghettos, Streets, Suburbs: Cultural Representations of the American City, 1890 - present

20 - Introduction to Writing Poetry

20 - Introduction to Writing Fiction

20 - Introduction to Writing Drama

20 - Studying Dialect

Year 3 - Abroad

120 - Year Abroad (American Studies)

Year 4

Optional Modules: Dissertation

40 - American Studies Dissertation

40 - Dissertation - English Literature

American Studies Options:

20 - Contemporary American Fiction

20 - America and the Bomb

20 - African American Literature 1910-1940: The Harlem Renaissance

20 - The American Civil War in History and Memory

20 - Clear and Present Danger: Terrorism and America

20 - Popular Music and the City

20 - Gunfighter Nation: the West in History, Mythology and Fiction

20 - Politics and International Development

20 - Parliamentary Studies

20 - Shadow Wars: US Presidents and covert action from the Cold War to Trump

20 - Capitalism and Justice: inequality, power and prosperity in contemporary economies

20 - Contemporary Political Economy: Competing Perspectives on Global Capitalism

20 - Overlord: War, Societies, and the Battle for Normandy 1944

English Literature Options:

20 - William Blake: Poetry and Designs

20 - Postmodernist and Post-war Fiction

20 - Welsh Gothic / Gothic Wales

20 - Poetry in the Twentieth Century

20 - Crime Fiction since 1920

20 - Other Tongues: Multilingualism in English Language Literature

20 - Professional Development: Preparing for Work

20 - Written in Blood: Reading the Vampire

20 - Madness, Malady and Melancholia: Literature and Medicine from Genesis to Genomes

20 - The Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize Module

20 - Speculative Fictions

20 - Graphic Novel

20 - Beyond Shakespeare

20 - Chaucer

20 - Theorising Texts: Shakespeare, Bronte, James

20 - Prehistory, History and Language

20 - Reading/Writing Trauma

20 - From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics

Optional Modules - Creative Writing:

20 - Further Fiction Writing

20 - Writing for Radio and Screen

20 - Further Creative Non Fiction

20 - Further Poetry Writing


Students on this course typically develop excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats, along with strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills.

Our graduates enter careers in a wide range of sectors including:

  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Government
  • Research
  • Events Management

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