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Swansea University
Swansea, Wales
On campus
 2784 Points
3 Years

Program Description

American Studies covers the culture, history and politics of the most influential country in the world, and studying our three-year BA degree opens up a range of exciting career possibilities by helping you to develop transferable skills, which are highly valued by employers.

You will have the chance to explore American history, literature, politics and culture, stretching from colonization to the presidency of Donald Trump. We offer varied and flexible course content, so you can shape your American Studies degree to your own interests, whether in American film, music, race, gender, migration and urbanization, social, economic and military history, terrorism, or civil rights and political protest.

Fees for full time Undergraduate EU/International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

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Year 1

Compulsory Modules:

The American Experience 1492-2000

American Politics and Society

Introduction to American Literature and Culture

Optional Modules:

Europe of Extremes: 1789 - 1989

Living Well and Doing Good - An Introduction to Ethics

Political Philosophy

Hollywood: A History of American Film

War and Peace in the Nuclear Age

Politics and the People

Introduction to International Relations

Introduction to Politics

Theories of War

War and Society in the Modern Era

Year 2

Optional Module Choices:

Race and Ethnicity: American Perspectives

American Word/American Image

The Making of Transatlantic America

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

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

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

Global Political Economy: From Mercantilism to Neoliberalism


Moralities of War and Peace

The History of Political Thought


British Politics and Public Policy

Contemporary Wars and Conflicts

The First World War

Year 3

Compulsory Modules:

American Studies Dissertation

Optional Module Choices:

Contemporary American Fiction

America and the Bomb

African American Literature 1910-1940: The Harlem Renaissance

The American Civil War in History and Memory

Clear and Present Danger: Terrorism and America

Popular Music and the City

Gunfighter Nation: the West in History, Mythology and Fiction

Politics and International Development

Parliamentary Studies

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

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

Contemporary Political Economy: Competing Perspectives on Global Capitalism

Overlord: War, Societies, and the Battle for Normandy


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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