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

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 may participate in a field trip to the USA.

BA (Hons) American Studies and History with options to Study Abroad at University of Winchester


Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

An A level A*-C pass is required in one of the following: History; Archaeology; Classical Civilisation; History of Art; Economics; Politics; English

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Langauge is required.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

26 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years) 

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years) 

Entry fee's for 2018 are subject to approval by the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

For further details click here

Additional costs: 


  • Books: Some modules require students to have access to books with an approximate cost of £100 if bought new over the course of a year (but texts can often be purchased at considerably reduced rates second hand). Mandatory modules might also require some core texts. Cost £150 per year.
  • Printing: Students will be required to cover the cost of printing hard copies of assignments for submission, although the university is moving towards online submission. Students may also need to pay for poster printing on some modules and they will have to pay dissertation printing and binding costs in Year 3. Printing costs would be approximately £30 per year for assignments, £10 for posters in Year 1 and £5-£10 for dissertations, depending on the number of colour pages students decide to use.


  • Dissertation work: Students working on dissertations in Year 3 may incur costs (mainly travel) of visiting archives, dependent upon the specific nature of the dissertation and availability of online resources for a specific subject. This would typically involve either travel to a local archive (e.g. Southampton, Portsmouth or further afield if the student chooses to study a locality away from Winchester) or a national archive, usually in London (TNA, British Library, Women's Library, etc.). If the dissertation work is based in Winchester then costs will be far less.
  • Field Trip: Week long History Fieldtrip in Year 2 - costs vary depending on location and number of students going on the trip. Costs vary between £300-£700.
  • Field trip: Students will have the option to study a module including a field trip in the second or third year of study. Costs will be dependent on flight prices. Cost £900 - £1,200. 
  • Placement: If students decide to complete an History Work/Volunteering Placement it may incur travel costs, which are dependent upon where the student undertakes the placement (if local it may be zero, but costs go up when public transport is used to travel). Students will have a say in where their placement is located. £0 - £300, dependent on location of placement and number of visits required.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here 

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):

USA; Europe (Bulgaria, Czech Republic) via Erasmus

Field trips:

Students have the opportunity to take part in an optional 14-day intensive field trip to the USA in Year 2 - previously, students have visited Las Vegas, driven along Route 66 and hiked in the Grand Canyon. In Year 3, students have the opportunity to take part in an immersive study tour of the American South (Civil Rights Immersive Study) - this trip retraces the steps of the Civil Rights movement and visits historical sites, museums and foundations.


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Student satisfaction:

100% Students (American and Australasian Studies) in work/study six months after finishing (

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

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.

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.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Case Studies I: Sources and Approaches in History
  • Case Studies II: Independent Study Project
  • Introduction to American Studies 1
  • Introduction to American Studies 2

Optional modules:

  • Introductory Study: The United States
  • Introductory Study: Early Modern Europe
  • Introductory Study: Twentieth Century Europe
  • Introductory Study: Victorian Britain 1815-1914
  • Introductory Study: East Asia 1900-present
  • Introductory Study: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783 - 1997
  • Introductory Study: Uniting the Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837
  • Introductory Module: Europe in Long Nineteenth Century, 1789-1914
  • Introductory Module: Modern Europe, 1789-2001
  • Introductory Module: Seventeenth century England
  • Introductory Study: Britain in the Twentieth Century
  • Introductory Study: Europe and The Americas (1763-1914) - change and interchange
  • Introductory Study: Early Medieval Britain 400-1066
  • Introductory Study: Europe 1300-1500
  • Introductory Study: English History 1272-1500
  • Introductory Study: The Classical World 500-31BC
  • Introductory Study: Roman Britain
  • Introductory Study: Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660
  • International Introductory Module: Origins of Greek Civilisation: from Aegean Bronze Age to Archaic Greece (2000-600 BC)
  • Introductory Module: Europe in the High Middle Ages (c.800 - c.1200)
  • Introductory Study: Barbarians, Byzantines, and Beyond (400-814CE)

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Reading History
  • American Modernity

Optional modules:

  • American Gothic
  • Researching American Culture
  • Region and Environment
  • Modern American Presidency
  • American Science Fiction
  • Writing America
  • Literature and Film
  • Southern Cultures
  • Making it, Buying it, and Being it: Work and Money in American Literature
  • Volunteering for American Studies
  • US Foreign Policy: Institutions and Concepts
  • The War on Terror and the Axis of Evil and Beyond
  • Independent Study Module
  • Field Trip
  • Volunteering in History
  • The Golden Age of Spain
  • Religion, Politics & Society in Early Tudor England, 1485-1558
  • The Global Hispanic World (1760s-1960s)
  • War as a Life Experience (18th-20th Centuries)
  • Enlightened Absolutism in East-Central Europe, 1740-1790
  • Victorian Culture and Society
  • Imperial Japan
  • The British Raj, from the 'Indian Mutiny' to Gandhi - 1857-1947
  • The American South 1865-1970
  • Edwardian Britain
  • Revolutionary Russia, 1900-1924
  • Nazism and the Holocaust
  • From Austerity to Affluence: Everyday Life in Post-war Britain
  • The Kinks: English Culture and Identity from the Post-War through to the 21st Century
  • Option B: The Urban History of Europe from the Black Death to the Industrial Revolution c.1350-1700
  • Gender in Europe and North America, c. 1500-1914
  • Exploring Past Localities
  • Age of Discovery
  • The Rise of the High Speed Society (18th-20th centuries)
  • American Slavery
  • Reactions to Poverty
  • Power to the People: Energy, Industrialization and the Creation of the Modern World
  • History's Eye - Photography and Society
  • Sisterhood - Before and After: Feminism in Twentieth Century Britain
  • Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe
  • Soviet Communism
  • 'Subordinate Independence': Japan's Relationship with the US 1945-present
  • Stalinism
  • Dreams and Nightmares: Britain in 20th Century Europe
  • The History of Rock and Roll
  • Political and Religious Themes in the Modern Near and Middle East
  • 'The War on Terror' and the 'Axis of Evil' and Beyond
  • Middle English: Texts in Context
  • Old English I

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Dissertation in American History
  • Writing History 


  • Senior Interdisciplinary Seminar

Optional modules:

  • Issues in African American Culture
  • Identity in Contemporary American Film
  • American Conspiracies
  • Liberty and Extremism in America
  • Picturing the Nation
  • War in the American Experience
  • The Contemporary American Novel
  • American Crime Fiction
  • Sex and the City and Beyond
  • Chick Lit: Women's Writing Before Sex and the City
  • American Political Writing
  • Civil Rights Immersive Study - this trip retraces the steps of the Civil Rights movement and visits historical sites, museums and foundations
  • Depth Study: The Henrician & Edwardian Reformation and the Marian Counter-Reformation
  • Depth Study: Civil War and Revolution in the British Isles
  • Depth Study: The Rise of British Medicine 1650 - 1800 and 1800 - 1950
  • The Age of Napoleon in global perspective -  I and II
  • Depth Study: The French in North Africa: The Maghreb, 1830-1914 and North Africa and France: The Maghreb, 1914-present
  • Depth Study: The Emergence of Modern Environmentalism I & II: The Discovery of Nature and The Crisis of Nature
  • Depth Study: Interwar Britain
  • Depth Study: Society, Culture and Everyday Life in Russia: 1928-1985
  • Depth Study: Genocide in History and Memory I and II
  • Depth Study: Japan at War and Under Occupation 1937-52
  • Depth Study: The Home Front: the United Kingdom 1939-1945
  • Depth Study: The United States and the Cold War 1945-63
  • The Post-war Teenager, 1945-1979 Part 1 and Part 2
  • Depth Study: The USSR after Stalin, 1953-1964 and 1964-1985
  • Comparative Study: Supernatural and Witchcraft Beliefs in the British Isles, Continental Europe and America c.1450-1800
  • Comparative Study: Ideas, Ideologies and Colonial Organisation in the British and French Empires
  • Comparative Study: Borderlands and Commodities in History
  • Comparative Study: Mental Health and Illness
  • Comparative Study: The People are Revolting! Protest, Rebellion and Popular Politics in the Modern World
  • Comparative Study: Minorities in the Past
  • Comparative Study: Mediterranean Fascism: Conflict and Dictatorship in Spain and Italy 1914-1947
  • Comparative Study: Holocaust Memory and Representation in Europe, the United States & Israel
  • Comparative Study: War Crimes Trials and Memories of War: Japan and Germany
  • Comparative Study: Communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Comparative Study: Anxiety and Hope: Meanings of Home in the Post-war World

American Exchange (optional) - there is the opportunity to spend one semester studying in the USA

Erasmus Exchange (optional) - there are currently Erasmus Exchange opportunities in the Czech Republic

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right-hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

• Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
• Independent learning: 984 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

• Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
• Independent learning: 948 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

• Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
• Independent learning: 1032 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Programme Leader

Dr Denise Hanrahan Wells

  • American Gothic
  • Film and Literature of the 1980s

Teaching team

Professor Jude Davies

  • Identity issues in contemporary US culture
  • Theodore Dreiser
  • The birth of consumerism in the US in the early twentieth century

Dr Francis Mason

  • Postmodern literature and culture
  • Cyberculture and new technologies
  • Film genres (in particular Crime and Science Fiction)
  • Contemporary American culture

Carol Smith (Senior Fellow in Teaching and Learning)

  • Sex and the City and Chick lit
  • African American culture
  • American contemporary film and culture

Dr William Sheward

  • The American Presidency
  • Contemporary political issues, especially the South
  • American Foreign Relations

Alasdair Spark

  • American material culture
  • Conspiracy theories and cultures of conspiracy in the contemporary USA

Attendance regulations

If a student attends less than 25% of a module (three out of three classes) and no extenuating circumstances apply, marks will be capped at 40%.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

• 73 per cent coursework
• 11 per cent written exams
• 16 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

• 88 per cent coursework
• 6 per cent written exams
• 6 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

• 68 per cent coursework
• 19 per cent written exams
• 13 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.


At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

This programme leads to a range of career opportunities including working for museums, within business, retail, the creative industries, journalism, teaching and the public sector.

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

For more information about graduate employment for the English, Creative Writing and American Studies department

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, the data need to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

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