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BAAmerican Studies (United States) with Film

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £13,350.00 per year
Course code T7P3
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Our multidisciplinary course enables you to assess American contributions to our understanding of political, historical, social and cultural perspectives of the world. You combine studies of the US with a number of options in film studies offered by our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of History, and School of Philosophy and Art History.

Crucially, you also spend either a term or a full academic year studying in the United States, so you can explore and become immersed in American culture.

The degree is built to be extremely flexible and student-led, and as you progress through the course you can choose from an enormous range of options from across the humanities and social sciences including:

- Contemporary social issues, such as the struggles for racial justice
- The legacies of slavery and the civil rights movement
- Environmental protection of the ‘wilderness’ of the Far West
- Native American histories and rights

Based within our Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (CISH), American studies offers a truly multidisciplinary approach, giving you knowledge of the many ways to understand key areas of the American experience. You draw on multiple perspectives in order to reach a deeper understanding of the world we inhabit, opening up exciting possibilities to discover the American continent. The cities, vast open plains, mountains and deserts shape diverse and intriguing ways of life.

By encouraging you to think and operate across traditional boundaries, our course has produced confident, assertive and intelligent graduates who have become successful in many professional fields.

We also nurture the creative talent for tomorrow, developing filmmakers, scholars, and thinkers with a dynamic worldview:

- Gain hands-on experience of camera work, sound recording, editing, lighting, and scriptwriting
- Explore the formal aesthetics of film composition and structure in relation to different contexts of production and reception
- Discover the history and social significance of film as a global medium
- Understand the links between critical analysis and creative practice
- Produce both group films and personal projects

Programme structure

Year 1

The Enlightenment
Approaches to Film and Media
Introduction to United States Literature
Introduction to US History
Introduction to United States
Introduction to United States Sociology
Co-Curricular Employability Module (Year 1)

Year 2

America: Centres and Margins, Borders and Boundaries
Social Entrepreneurs, Sustainability and Community Action (optional)
Doing Interdisciplinary Research for a BA Dissertation: Approaches, Methods, Practice (optional)
‘The Special Relationship’? Anglo-American Relations 1850-2005 (optional)
Narrative and Film (optional)

Final year

American Society: Ethnic Encounters in the Making of the USA (optional)
Dangerous Places: Travellers, Anthropologists and Intercultural Meetings (optional)
American Political Institutions (optional)
“There is a Continent Outside My Window” : United States and Caribbean Literatures in Dialogue (optional)
Cultural Ideology and Film (optional)

Career opportunities

As a graduate in American Studies, you’ll have gained a wide-ranging knowledge of many aspects of American life. You’ll acquire essential critical abilities as well as excellent communication skills.

This is excellent preparation for careers in media, education, politics, the Civil Service, international organisations such as UN and NATO or non-governmental organisations, and many other fields. Our recent graduates have gone on to work in various desirable roles including:

Account executive for Bluesky PR
Business provision manager for BT
Events co-ordinator for Age UK

Apply now!
Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

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

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States