American Studies and History 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Keele’s American Studies and History degree is a perfect combination if you want the chance to study history in depth but with a focus on US culture. On this course you will have the chance to study a broad range of historical subjects from the medieval to the modern period in Britain, Europe, and the wider world.

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3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: TV71

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Course Overview

American Studies and History

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School of Humanities

Drawing on Keele’s unique strengths in American history and culture, you will focus on one national culture as it has developed

from independence to the abolition of slavery and its rise to superpower status. Opportunities to study American politics, literature, criminology, and film will complement your study of historical texts from different eras and around the world.

This course places an emphasis on understanding American society in a wider, global context – your investigations of the American Civil War, slavery, and the civil rights movement, for example, will be informed by a deeper understanding of how power has shaped societies at different historical moments. As well as developing an understanding of different slavery, and the civil rights movement, for example, will be informed by a deeper understanding of how power has shaped societies at different historical moments. As well as developing an understanding of different. approaches to history, you will develop a range of skills and methods used to understand the development of US culture and America’s place in the wider world.

What will this mean for my future?

Developing your skills in analysis and research will prepare you for a range of careers. History and American Studies enable you to identify problems and propose solutions, seeing matters from multiple perspectives and accounting for complex factors, which are crucial skills for many lines of work. Moreover, you will develop advanced communications skills, both written and oral, and you will be aware of how ideas are produced in societies and how they have developed through time. These attributes will prepare you for a wide range of careers, including: teacher, librarian, archivist, museum conservator, heritage manager, barrister, solicitor, civil service administrator, journalist, or a politician’s assistant or researcher.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Historical Research and Writing
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Contemporary America
  • Princes and Peoples: European History, c.1490-C.1700
  • The American Past: Explorations in US History
  • Debates in American Politics

Second year

  • Imperialism and Empire
  • Discovering America: From Empires to Revolutions
  • Sources and Debates
  • The New World in Chains: Slavery and the Bonds of Race in America, 1619-1877

Third year

  • Dissertation in American Studies and/or History
  • ‘Eyes on the Prize’: The Struggle for Civil Rights in America
  • Violence and Power in Civil War America
  • The Art of Dying
  • Urban Lives in Modern Europe 1890-1914
  • Constructing Nations