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BAAmerican and Canadian Studies

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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This multidisciplinary degree explores the dynamic characteristics of North America and Canada.

You will get the chance to explore and inter-relate history, literature, politics and culture. The variety of topics include analysing American film, studying book illustrations, reading modern American fiction, studying the workings of Washington, examining the War on Terror and considering the legacies of slavery.

Our BA America and Canadian Studies is a coherent, integrated programme, which is distinctive in its in-depth consideration of Canada as well as the United States. You will be taught by experts who are leading the way in critical evaluations of North America’s history, culture and sense of itself in the world.

Programme structure

First year
Your studies will revolve around core courses in American history and literature.

Compulsory modules:

Introduction to American and Canadian Studies
Research Skills in American and Canadian Studies
Discovering North American Literature A – to 1900
Discovering North American Literature B – 1900 onwards
US History 1607 – 1865
US History 1865 – 2000
Detailed descriptions of first year modules

Second year
You will continue to study history and culture, but you will also develop your own interests – political, sociological, literary or multicultural – by selecting 80 credits of specialist options modules.

Compulsory modules:

Core module 1: ‘Yankee Go Home’: American-Canadian Relations
Core module 2: North America in Crisis: Culture and Politics
Detailed descriptions of second year modules

Year abroad
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year. Find out more.

Final year
Your final year modules are drawn from a wide range of options, which examine multiculturalism, cross-cultural themes, contemporary literature and film and American international history and politics. You will also complete a substantial research project for your dissertation.

Compulsory module:


Career opportunities

Graduate roles are equally diverse:

Business Development Executive
Events Co-ordinator
Financial Analyst
Marketing Executive
Production Assistant
Research Assistant
Youth Mentor

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Oct 1, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States