- Immerse yourself in American culture and history by studying in the US
- Choose from an exciting and flexible range of course modules covering history, literature, politics and contemporary culture
- Hit the road and take part in a two-week intensive field trip – previously students have visited Las Vegas, hiked in the Grand Canyon and driven along Route 66
- Our American Studies course has a 97.5% satisfaction rating in The Guardian's 2018 University League Table
- American Studies at Winchester achieved more than 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey
Whether you're interested in understanding how Donald Trump became president, exploring African-American cultural heritage or enriching your love of American films and literature, this course has it covered. The awesome breadth and depth of American culture and history are reflected in our extensive programme, which gives you the opportunity to study the areas that excite you most, including slavery, US foreign policy and the civil rights movement.
On our three year programme, you explore the rich diversity of American culture while tracing the history of how this young nation rose to become a global superpower.
Half of the programme employs American Studies perspectives which are typically organised around a theme. Ideas and theories about gender, ethnicity and race, and other forms of identity, are used to analyse American culture and to debate issues.
In Year 1 you are introduced to the core ideas, such as American national character and the opportunities and challenges of modern multicultural America. The growing focus in Year 2 is cultural America, with a shift towards contemporary America in Year 3.
The other half of the programme takes a historical approach, beginning by introducing students to the key aspects of historical study. It moves on to focus on specific periods or themes in American and modern history, such as the American South, slavery, the USA in the first half of the twentieth century and the Cold War years. In Years 2 and 3, students choose from a variety of modules on modern history, including American, European and international topics.
To really expand your horizons, fulfil your curiosity and immerse yourself in stateside culture and history, you can go to the US and 'get the sweatshirt' by studying for a semester at one of our excellent partner institutions as part of the University's American Exchange scheme.
And there's the opportunity to round off this degree with an immersive study tour of the American South where you retrace the steps of the Civil Rights Movement and visit historical sites, museums and foundations.
You graduate as a well-informed critical thinker who understands the cross-cultural diversity of the contemporary world. The broad nature of this course prepares you for a range of careers. Alumni have gone on to work in business, retail, the creative industries, journalism, museums, teaching and the public sector.
Half of the programme utilises American Studies perspectives, which are typically organised around a theme. Ideas and theories about gender, ethnicity and race, and other forms of identity, are used to analyse American culture and to debate political issues. Study in the first full academic year introduces students to the core ideas, such as American national character and the opportunities and challenge of modern multicultural America. The focus in the second academic year is cultural America, with a shift towards contemporary America in the third academic year. The other half of the programme takes a firmly historical approach, beginning by introducing students to the core aspects of historical study, before going on to focus on specific periods or themes in American and modern history, such as the American South, slavery, the USA in the first half of the 20th Century and the USA in relation to the Cold War. In subsequent years, students choose from a variety of modules on modern history, including American, European and international topics.
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