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

American Studies and Politics at Winchester addresses the diversity of American culture alongside the contentious political issues that define the contemporary world order. 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 Politics with options to Study Abroad at University of Winchester

UCAS code: T701

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2017 Entry: 104-120 points

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.

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language 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 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

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

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

2018 fee's are subject to approval by the University of Winchester Board of Governers.

For further details click here

Additional costs: 


  • Core texts: Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due the nature of the course sometimes students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is also possible for students purchase second hand copies. Cost £50-150 per academic year. 
  • Printing and binding: Third year students need to submit two bound copies of their dissertation. Cost £2.50-5.


  • 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. 

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 (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


Students may apply to participate in the Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP) working alongside staff as paid researchers.

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 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 Politics at Winchester addresses the diversity of American culture alongside the contentious political issues that define the contemporary world order.

Half of the programme uses American Studies perspectives, which typically organise knowledge 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 provides students with the historical and theoretical knowledge to understand the key political conflicts and ideas that have defined the contemporary world. In Years 2 and 3, students  choose from modules covering specific aspects of US politics  and a wide range of contemporary issues.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Introduction to American Studies 1
  • Introduction to American Studies 2
  • Introduction to Politics and Global Studies 1
  • Introduction to Politics and Global Studies 2

Optional modules:

  • Introduction to Politics and Political Philosophy
  • Introduction to Global Political Economy
  • United States Politics and Society
  • Human Rights in the Global Political Economy

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Researching American Culture

Optional modules:

  • American Gothic
  • The Modern American Presidency
  • Region and Environment (field trip)
  • 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
  • Security Studies: Theory and Practice

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

Core modules:

  • Independent Study

Optional modules:

  • Senior Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • 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
  • Debates in Globalisation
  • Political Islam
  • Diplomatic Studies
  • Contemporary Civil War
  • European Culture and Institutions
  • Politics, Energy, and the Environment
  • China: 21C Challenges
  • Case Study in Political Philosophy
  • The Global South
  • Sexual Violence and Politics

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 aims to develop students as 'confident learners' by enabling them to acquire the knowledge and 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 learning resources available to them.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), 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

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.

Graduates go on to work within business, 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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