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Immerse yourself in American culture and history by studying in the US

  • Choose from an exciting and flexible range of course modules covering history, literature, politics and contemporary culture
  • Hit the road and take part in a two-week intensive field trip – previously students have visited Las Vegas, hiked in the Grand Canyon and driven along Route 66
  • Our American Studies course has a 97.5% satisfaction rating in The Guardian’s 2018 University League Table
  • American Studies at Winchester achieved more than 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey

Whether you’re interested in understanding how Donald Trump became president, exploring African-American cultural heritage or enriching your love of American films and literature, this course has it covered. The awesome breadth and depth of American culture and history are reflected in our extensive programme, which gives you the opportunity to study the areas that excite you most, including slavery, US foreign policy and the civil rights movement.

On our three year programme, you explore the rich diversity of American culture while tracing the history of how this young nation rose to become a global superpower.
Half of the programme employs 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.

In Year 1 you are introduced 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 historical approach, beginning by introducing students to the key aspects of historical study. It moves 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 Cold War years. In Years 2 and 3, students choose from a variety of modules on modern history, including American, European and international topics.

To really expand your horizons, fulfil your curiosity and immerse yourself in stateside culture and history, you can go to the US and ‘get the sweatshirt’ by studying for a semester at one of our excellent partner institutions as part of the University's American Exchange scheme.

And there's the opportunity to round off this degree with an immersive study tour of the American South where you retrace the steps of the Civil Rights Movement and visit historical sites, museums and foundations.

You graduate as a well-informed critical thinker who understands the cross-cultural diversity of the contemporary world. The broad nature of this course prepares you for a range of careers. Alumni have gone on to work in business, retail, the creative industries, journalism, museums, teaching and the public sector.


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.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

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.

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) American Studies and History course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA) and Europe (Bulgaria and Czech Republic) via Erasmus.

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

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.


Taught elements of the course take place at our King Alfred or West Downs campuses, University of Winchester.


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% coursework
11% written exams
16% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

88% coursework
6% written exams
6% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

68% coursework
19% written exams
13% 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.

Further information

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



2018 Entry: 104-120 points

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 Language is required.

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 Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester at one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Case Studies 2: Independent Study Project
Case Studies 1: Sources and Approaches in History
Introduction to American Studies 2
Introduction to American Studies 1 30

Optional Credits

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)

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 [LINK] The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

American Modernity
Reading History

Optional Credits

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 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Writing History or Senior Interdisciplinary Seminar
Dissertation in American History

Optional Credits

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

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.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. 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. 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £77.08 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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International 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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.


Additional costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


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 Trips

Week long History field trip in Year 2 - costs vary depending on location and number of students going on the trip. Costs vary between £300-£700.

Students will have the option to study a module including an American Studies field trip in the second or third year of study. Costs will be dependent on flight prices. Cost £900 - £1,200. 


If students decide to complete a History work/volunteering placement it may incur travel costs, which are dependent on 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.



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.


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.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards section.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester