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.

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

UCAS code: SAMA

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2016 Entry: 260-300 points

2017 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; or English.

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 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2016 Entry Full-time £9,000 p/a
Part-Time £1,125 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will not exceed the government permitted rate of £6,750.
Total Cost £27,000 (3 years) 

2017 Entry

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** 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 £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. 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 £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years)

International Students

2016 Entry Full-time £11,300 p/a
Total Cost £33,900 (3 years) 

2017 Entry

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (3 years) 

For further details click here

Additional costs: 

Optional costs - Optional field trip modules in year 2 or year 3. Costs dependent on flights but currently likely to be in the region of £900.

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.

Location:

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 (https://unistats.direct.gov.uk

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 2017/18 Home and EU students are £9,250 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.

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

  • Introduction to American Studies 1
  • Introduction to American Studies 2
  • Reading and Writing History
  • Creating and Consuming History

Optional modules:

  • British Introductory Module: The UK in the 20C
  • International Introductory Module: The USA 1763-1920
  • International Introductory Module: Europe 1500-1789
  • International Introductory Module Europe 1300-1500
  • British Introductory Module: Victorian Britain 1815-1934
  • British Introductory Module: English History 1272-1500
  • British Introductory Module: British History 1660-1832
  • International Introductory Module: Europe in the 20C
  • International Introductory Module: East Asia, 1850-present
  • International Introductory Module: The Classical World 500-31 BC
  • British Introductory Module: Roman Britain
  • International Introductory Module: The Roman Empire c44BC-AD476
  • British Introductory Module: Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660
  • International Introductory Module: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783-1997
  • International Introductory Module: Barbarians, Byzantines and Beyond (400-1050CE)
  • International Introductory Module: Europe and the Americas (1763-1914)
  • British Introductory Module: Uniting the Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837

Year 2

  • American Modernity
  • Past Historians and Current Practice

Optional modules:

  • American Gothic
  • Independent Study Module
  • 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
  • Civilisation Study: The American South 1865-1970
  • Civilisation Study:Third Reich
  • Civilisation Study: Victorian Culture and Society
  • Civilisation Study: Imperial Japan 1868-1937
  • Civilisation Study: From Austerity to Affluence
  • Civilisation Study: Golden Age of Spain
  • Civilisation Study: Edwardian Britain
  • Civilisation Study: Georgian England
  • Civilisation Study: Georgian Study
  • Civilisation Study: The British Raj, From the 'Indian Mutiny' to Gandhi
  • Civilisation Study: Nazism and the Holocaust
  • Civilisation Study: The Global Hispanic World (1760s-1960s)
  • Civilisation Study: From Slavery To Freedom: The Caribbean 1763-1838
  • Theme Study: American Slavery
  • Theme Study: Soviet Communism
  • Theme Study: Reactions to Poverty
  • Theme Study: 'Subordinate Independence': Japan's Relationship with the US - 1946-present
  • Theme Study: Gender in Europe and North America, c.1500-1914
  • Theme Study: Anti-Imperialism
  • Theme Study: Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe
  • Theme Study: Genocide: Mass Violence and the Making and Breaking of Empire
  • Theme Study: Dreams and Nightmares: Britain in Twentieth Century Europe
  • Theme Study: The Atlantic World, c.1700-1850
  • Theme Study: War as a Life Experience (18th-20th centuries)
  • Theme Study: History's Eye - Photography and Conflict, Ethnography and Society
  • Classical World on Film
  • Volunteering for History
  • Group Project
  • Field Trip

Field trip: Students have the opportunity to take part in an optional 14-day intensive field trip to the USA - previously, students have visited Las Vegas, driven along Route 66 and hiked in the Grand Canyon.

Year 3

  • Dissertation
  • Research Methods
    or 
  • 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
  • Reflecting on History
  • Depth Study: The United States 1919-29
  • Depth Study: The United States 1929-1941
  • Depth Study: Civil War in the British Isles
  • Depth Study: The French Revolution 1786-1792
  • Depth Study: The French Revolution 1792-1795
  • Depth Study: The United States and the Cold War 1945-63, part one
  • Depth Study: The United States and the Cold War 1945-63, part two
  • Depth Study: Japan at War, 1937-45
  • Depth Study: Japan under Allied Occupation (1945-52)
  • Depth Study: Home Front: the United Kingdom 1939-45 Part 1
  • Depth Study: Home Front: the United Kingdom 1939-45 Part 2
  • Depth Study: The Holocaust in History and Memory Part 1
  • Depth Study: The Holocaust in History and Memory Part 2
  • Depth Study: Society, Culture and Everyday Life in Russia 1928-1953
  • Depth Study: Society, Culture and Everyday Life in Russia1953-1985
  • Depth Study: Inter-war Britain: State and Politics
  • Depth Study: Inter-war Britain: Culture and Society
  • Depth Study: Life in Early Modern London I
  • Depth Study: Life in Early Modern London II
  • Depth Study: The French in North Africa: The Maghreb, 1830-1914
  • Depth Study: The French in North Africa: The Maghreb, 1914-present
  • Depth Study: Genocide in History and Memory I
  • Depth Study: Genocide in History and Memory II
  • Depth Study: 'The Flag That Sets Us Free'? Britain, Empire And Anti-Slavery 1787-1838
  • Depth Study: 'The Flag That Sets Us Free'? Britain, Empire And Anti-Slavery 1838-1926
  • Depth Study: The Age Of Speed: Time, Travel and the Media I (18th-19thc.)
  • Depth Study: The Age Of Speed: Time, Travel and the Media II (18th-19thc.)
  • Comparative Study: Minorities in the Past
  • Comparative Study: War Crimes Trials and Memories of War in Japan and Germany
  • Comparative Study: Bystanders: Responses to Genocide in the 20C
  • Comparative Study: Communist Regimes in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Comparative Study: Political Violence in 20C Europe
  • Comparative Study: Holocaust Memory and Representation in Europe, the US and Israel
  • Comparative Study: Borderlands and Commodities In History
  • Comparative Study: Slavery

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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars and workshops), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

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

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

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.

Employability 

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.

Course Enquiries and Applications

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International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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