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BA (Hons)American Studies and History with options to Study Abroad

University of Winchester
United Kingdom, Winchester
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American Studies and History at Winchester addresses the diversity of American culture while keeping a firm hold on the history of the
USA and the modern world. Students may study at an American partner institution as part of the University’s American Exchange scheme, and attend a field trip to the USA.

Half of the programme utilises American Studies perspectives, which are typically organised around a theme. Ideas and theories about gender, ethnicity and race, and other forms of identity, are used to analyse American culture and to debate issues. Study in Year 1 introduces students to the core ideas, such as American national character and the opportunities and challenges of modern multicultural America. The growing focus in Year 2 is cultural America, with a shift towards contemporary America in Year 3.

The other half of the programme takes a firmly historical approach, beginning by introducing students to the core aspects of historical study, before going on to focus on specific periods or themes in American and modern history, such as the American South, slavery, the USA in the first half of the twentieth century and the USA in relation to the Cold War. In Years 2 and 3, students choose from a variety of modules on modern history, including American, European and international topics.

Programme structure

Year 1

Reading and Writing History
Creating and Consuming History
Introduction to American Studies 1 and 2
Introductory Study: The United States
Year 2

American Modernity
American Slavery
The Modern American Presidency
Japan’s Relationship with the US 1945-present
American Gothic
Year 3

Contemporary American Film
African-American Culture
Sex and the City and the History of American Women
America 1929-1941
The United States and the Cold War
Field trip module (optional)
A 14-day intensive field trip to the USA is available in Year 2. Previous students have visited Las Vegas, driven along Route 66 and hiked in the Grand Canyon.

American Exchange (optional)
During Year 2, there is the opportunity to spend the entire semester studying at one of five American universities.

Erasmus Exchange (optional)
There are currently Erasmus Exchange opportunities with Charles University in Prague.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States