American Studies

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: American Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Overview

Keele was a pioneer in American Studies in Britain in the 1960s, and this remains one of the leading programmes in the UK.

America is the largest industrial nation, and a superpower. From music to McDonald’s, movies to military engagement, it impacts on the daily lives of people in every corner of the world. If you want to understand current events and culture, you must understand historical and contemporary America. American Studies at Keele examines historical, literary, cinematic, political and geographical perspectives on issues such as slavery, crime, power, imperialism, conflict, security and the presidency, and compares the USA with Great Britain. You could choose to spend a year studying abroad at a partner university in the USA or Canada.

Course content

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF) Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2016 entry on our Module Catalogue. Please note this is not a guaranteed module list for future intakes:

Module Catalogue

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

This subject offers a broad perspective on the contemporary world and you will graduate as a well-informed critical thinker. You’ll have a wide range of subject-specific skills and understanding, but you’ll also have transferable skills which are of interest to employers in many different fields. You might work as a journalist, an academic librarian, a social researcher, a museum conservator, an advertising copywriter or a politician’s assistant, for example.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

American Studies with Foundation Year: TV70 View Unistats for this course

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons) if their two Principal courses are in humanities and/or social science subjects.
All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

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Study abroad

Students on the American Studies Programme have the potential opportunity to spend a semester abroad in their second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on the student’s choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but students do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from their destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination they are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. Students should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination.

Natalie Isley

Natalie Isley

"Being at Keele truly stays with you forever"

American Studies student (2015)

Emily Walker

Emily Walker

"The friendly staff always have an open door and we're always there to help and encourage my love for American history."

American Studies (2015)

Alison Leese

Alison Leese

"As a mature student going into university it can be quite daunting, however the staff and the students within this department have all been supportive, friendly and approachable."

American Studies student (2012)

Emma Hagger

Emma Hagger

"The course is varied and interesting, the lecturers know so much about their subjects and are always willing to impart this to their students!"

American Studies student (2010)

Cat Burton-Cartledge

Cat Burton-Cartledge

"Despite being a mature student living off campus, I always felt involved in student life."

American Studies student (2010)