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  • Objectives
    Course overview This course provides you with the opportunity to study the literature, history, politics, music, visual arts, and popular culture (notably film and television) of the United States and Canada. The analytical and research skills you develop will help you to gain in-depth knowledge of major literary ideas, political themes and historical debates as they relate to a North American context. Topics covered would include, for instance, changing American and ethnic identities, ideas of nationhood, race, immigration, war, foreign policy, sexuality, media and globalisation, the wide range of North American literary traditions, and the roles played by the many different racial and ethnic groups that make up America and Canada. You will be able to follow modules in Canadian studies, leading to a qualification in American Studies with Canadian Studies. The degree can be completed in three years, or four years including a year of international study at one of our partner institutions in North America.
  • Entry requirements
    Required subjects: no specific subjects, but normally one of English, history, politics, media studies, sociology (A2 level) IB score: 32
  • Academic Title
    BA American Studies
  • Course description
    BA American Studies


    Year one

    You are introduced to the basic themes and events of American History and the key authors and texts of American Literature. These introductory modules provide the foundation upon which the programme will subsequently build. You will learn and practice technical skills and will be given the opportunity to select modules from other Schools.

    Year two

    You will broaden and deepen your understanding. Introductory modules in Film Studies and/or Canadian Studies and a survey of American thought and culture, which complements the first year surveys of history and literature, will enable you to broaden your knowledge; and choosing from a range of specialised modules will allow you to study certain periods, events, authors or texts in more depth. You may elect to transfer to a degree in American Studies with Canadian Studies during this year.

    Final Year

    You will continue and extend the process of specialisation you began in year two. You will write a dissertation on a subject of your choice, supervised by staff at Nottingham and you will choose from a range of advanced level modules in North American History, Literature, Culture and Film, led by staff who are active researchers in these areas.

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