American Studies BA (Hons)

UCAS code T700 BA/ASt

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About this course 2018/19

American Studies is the perfect course if you want to learn more about the history, literature, politics, film, art and popular culture of the United States. Whether your interests lie in the Civil War or the War on Terror, Walt Whitman or Walt Disney, this course will help you to develop your critical and imaginative skills in the context of the American experience and its global significances.

If you want to gain an in-depth understanding of US society and how it has come to exert such a powerful influence on the modern world, Northumbria is the university for you. We have one of the largest concentrations of US specialists working outside North America. We also offer opportunities to spend a semester or a whole year at at one of our partner institutions located throughout the US, from New York to California.

The cornerstones of American Studies are History and English, meaning our graduates have excellent employment prospects similar to students from those disciplines. Possible careers after successful completion of the course include journalism, publishing, teaching and government service.

 

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Experience for free Northumbria's excellence in teaching and research with the University's Institute of Humanities, all from your own home.

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Learn from the best

Northumbria University has brought together expert academic staff to ensure that your student experience is intellectually challenging and hugely enjoyable. Members of the team play an active role in the British Association for American Studies, which promotes and supports the study of the USA. Professor Brian Ward serves as the Association’s vice chair while Dr Joe Street organised its 60th anniversary conference, held right here at Northumbria University.

Our commitment to teaching excellence has been recognised via the Student Union’s Student-Led Teaching Awards. Many members of the American Studies staff were commended for their engaging teaching and overall commitment to their students’ education.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught by specialists who will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and seminars. The seminars will include discussions and small group exercises which, alongside individual tutorials, will allow extensive peer and tutor feedback to be built into your learning.

Our assessment strategy is carefully designed to support student-centred learning, based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. We use coursework to assess most modules and this can take a variety of forms, including essays of different lengths, reports, research projects, oral presentations, blogging exercises and a dissertation.

A wide range of option modules are offered on this course. To ensure the quality of the student learning experience, some modules are subject to minimum and maximum student numbers.

Learning Environment

Technology Enhanced Learning is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists. The academic team is constantly experimenting with new ways of facilitating interaction, including the use of mobile technology and social media.

The excellent digital resources for your learning include electronic versions of historical newspapers like the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Washington Post, as well as thousands of documents relating to the American Civil War, the civil rights and black power movements, popular culture, politics, and other key themes and periods in US history, culture and politics.


Throughout your course you will have a Personal Guidance Tutor who will provide support for your personal and academic development. Your Tutor will help you manage the transition to university smoothly and successfully, and will continue to arrange regular meetings during which you can discuss any aspect of university life.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

At Northumbria, your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s passion for making new discoveries and offering fresh interpretations of things we thought we already understood. This research-rich approach is fundamental to the University’s dynamic and invigorating student experience.

Our areas of specialist interest include:

• Civil rights and the Black Power movements
• Anglo-American cultural relations including transatlantic literary connections
• Politics and culture in 20th century America
• American popular music, cultural history and religious movements
• American modernist fiction and poetry
• The American West and California
• Hollywood cinema

In each year of your course, we will develop your research skills as you undertake your own independent research projects under the supervision of experts in the field.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

As an American Studies student at Northumbria, you will develop the kinds of analytical and communication skills that are invaluable in any number of careers. If you take up the opportunity to spend time in a partner institution in North America, you will gain a broader cultural exposure that is attractive to potential employers. For those who stay in the UK, you will undertake a module called ‘Your Graduate Future’ which includes a work placement and which will help you to develop additional skills focused specifically on employment. All students will be able to take advantage of the services of our Careers and Employment Service, which offers CV advice, interview preparation and portfolio development.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

At the end of a thoroughly enjoyable educational experience, you will emerge from your time at university with the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

American Studies graduates are especially valued because of their excellent communication skills and the way they think intelligently, critically and laterally as they draw on a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. You'll be attractive to employers in the areas of teaching, publishing, journalism, cultural administration, advertising, public relations, the civil service, heritage management, social research, non-governmental organisations, public history and the diplomatic service.

About this course 2019/20

American Studies is the perfect course if you want to learn more about the history, literature, politics, film, art and popular culture of the United States. Whether your interests lie in the Civil War or the War on Terror, Walt Whitman or Walt Disney, this course will help you to develop your critical and imaginative skills in the context of the American experience and its global significances.

If you want to gain an in-depth understanding of US society and how it has come to exert such a powerful influence on the modern world, Northumbria is the university for you. We have one of the largest concentrations of US specialists working outside North America. We also offer opportunities to spend a semester or a whole year at at one of our partner institutions located throughout the US, from New York to California.

The cornerstones of American Studies are History and English, meaning our graduates have excellent employment prospects similar to students from those disciplines. Possible careers after successful completion of the course include journalism, publishing, teaching and government service.

 

USA-MOOC-In -Page CROPNorthumbria has just launched its first MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) exploring the fascinating history and culture of the American South from colonial times to the 21st century.

Experience for free Northumbria's excellence in teaching and research with the University's Institute of Humanities, all from your own home.

Click the image to find out more.

 

Learn from the best

Northumbria University has brought together expert academic staff to ensure that your student experience is intellectually challenging and hugely enjoyable. Members of the team play an active role in the British Association for American Studies, which promotes and supports the study of the USA. Professor Brian Ward serves as the Association’s vice chair while Dr Joe Street organised its 60th anniversary conference, held right here at Northumbria University.

Our commitment to teaching excellence has been recognised via the Student Union’s Student-Led Teaching Awards. Many members of the American Studies staff were commended for their engaging teaching and overall commitment to their students’ education.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught by specialists who will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and seminars. The seminars will include discussions and small group exercises which, alongside individual tutorials, will allow extensive peer and tutor feedback to be built into your learning.

Our assessment strategy is carefully designed to support student-centred learning, based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. We use coursework to assess most modules and this can take a variety of forms, including essays of different lengths, reports, research projects, oral presentations, blogging exercises and a dissertation.

A wide range of option modules are offered on this course. To ensure the quality of the student learning experience, some modules are subject to minimum and maximum student numbers.

Learning Environment

Technology Enhanced Learning is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists. The academic team is constantly experimenting with new ways of facilitating interaction, including the use of mobile technology and social media.

The excellent digital resources for your learning include electronic versions of historical newspapers like the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Washington Post, as well as thousands of documents relating to the American Civil War, the civil rights and black power movements, popular culture, politics, and other key themes and periods in US history, culture and politics.


Throughout your course you will have a Personal Guidance Tutor who will provide support for your personal and academic development. Your Tutor will help you manage the transition to university smoothly and successfully, and will continue to arrange regular meetings during which you can discuss any aspect of university life.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

At Northumbria, your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s passion for making new discoveries and offering fresh interpretations of things we thought we already understood. This research-rich approach is fundamental to the University’s dynamic and invigorating student experience.

Our areas of specialist interest include:

• Civil rights and the Black Power movements
• Anglo-American cultural relations including transatlantic literary connections
• Politics and culture in 20th century America
• American popular music, cultural history and religious movements
• American modernist fiction and poetry
• The American West and California
• Hollywood cinema

In each year of your course, we will develop your research skills as you undertake your own independent research projects under the supervision of experts in the field.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

As an American Studies student at Northumbria, you will develop the kinds of analytical and communication skills that are invaluable in any number of careers. If you take up the opportunity to spend time in a partner institution in North America, you will gain a broader cultural exposure that is attractive to potential employers. For those who stay in the UK, you will undertake a module called ‘Your Graduate Future’ which includes a work placement and which will help you to develop additional skills focused specifically on employment. All students will be able to take advantage of the services of our Careers and Employment Service, which offers CV advice, interview preparation and portfolio development.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

At the end of a thoroughly enjoyable educational experience, you will emerge from your time at university with the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

American Studies graduates are especially valued because of their excellent communication skills and the way they think intelligently, critically and laterally as they draw on a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. You'll be attractive to employers in the areas of teaching, publishing, journalism, cultural administration, advertising, public relations, the civil service, heritage management, social research, non-governmental organisations, public history and the diplomatic service.

Course info

UCAS Code T700 BA/ASt

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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