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American Studies (with a Year Abroad)

Swansea University
Swansea, Wales
 2788 Points
4 Years

Program Description

American Studies gives you the chance to explore the culture, history and politics of the most influential country in the world, and this BA American Studies degree with a year abroad opens up a range of exciting career possibilities by giving students transferable skills, which are highly valued by employers. 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.

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. Our interdisciplinary approach means you can make connections with a range of subject areas – from music to politics.

• 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

Optional Modules:

20 - Europe of Extremes: 1789 - 1989

20 - Living Well and Doing Good - An Introduction to Ethics

20 - Political Philosophy

20 - Hollywood: A History of American Film

20 - War and Peace in the Nuclear Age

20 - Politics and the People

20 - Introduction to International Relations

20 - Introduction to Politics

20 - Theories of War

20 - War and Society in the Modern Era

Year 2

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

Year 3 - Abroad

120 - Year Abroad (American Studies)

Year 4

Compulsory Modules:

40 - American Studies Dissertation

Optional Modules:

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


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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