American Studies 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Keele was a pioneer in American Studies in Britain in the 1960s, and this remains one of the leading programmes in the UK devoted to the study of the world’s leading industrial nation. 

Single Honours
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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: T700

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Course Overview

American Studies

School link:
School of Humanities

From music to McDonald’s, movies to military engagement, the U.S affects the daily lives of people in every corner of the world. If you want to understand current events and culture, you must understand America. Keele is famous for bringing different disciplines and approaches together to create exciting learning opportunities, and American Studies at Keele exemplifies this. You can examine historical, literary, cinematic, political and geographical perspectives on issues such as slavery, crime, power, imperialism, conflict, security and the presidency, and compare the USA with Great Britain. You can also spend a semester studying abroad at a partner university in the USA or Canada, and really get to know America for yourself.

You can choose American Studies by itself, or combine it with subjects including History and English.

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. Not only will you have learned a lot about America and about its international influence, but you’ll also have transferable skills which are of interest to employers in many different fields, including research skills, and oral and written presentation skills. With an American Studies degree from Keele, you might work as a journalist, an academic librarian, a social researcher, a museum conservator, an advertising copywriter or a politician’s assistant.

Indicative modules

First year

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Contemporary America
  • Starting Out: An Introduction to American Literature
  • The American Past: Explorations in US History
  • Debates in American Politics

Second year

  • Discovering America: From Empires to Revolutions
  • From Modernity to Counter-Culture: American Literature and Social Criticism in 20th Century
  • The New World in Chains: Slavery and the Bonds of Race in America
  • The Detective and the American City

Third year

  • Dissertation in American Studies
  • Violence and Power in Civil War America
  • Words and Pictures: the Contemporary American Graphic Novel
  • High Culture: Drink, Drugs and the American Dream