- 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.
*Subject to revalidation
This course is subject to revalidation. 'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.
ABOUT THIS COURSE
Suitable for applicants from:
UK, EU, World
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.
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.
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.
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: 228 hours
Independent learning: 972 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
Independent learning: 948 hours
Placement: 12 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
Independent learning: 960 hours
*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.
Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.
All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.
The University library is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
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)*:
38% written exams
10% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
11% written exams
17% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
29% written exams
17% 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.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.
2020 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: 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.
A grade 5 in one of the following: History; Archaeology; Classical Civilisation; History of Art; Economics; Politics; English is required.
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
Send us a message
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 International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023
Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester at one of our Open Days.
Year 1 (Level 4)
|Introduction to American Studies I||30|
This module introduces some significant themes and concepts of American Studies, and develops initial academic skills. It does so via a combined pattern of work in which a schedule of workshops introduces the topics for study which student blogs and a small group meeting then follow up in detail. Our principal aim is to raise your awareness of the key themes and concepts which recur through the development of America, emphasising the continuity of culture which will connect together your studies in the subject.
|Introduction to American Studies II||30|
This module continues the study begun in Introduction to American Studies I and examines factors identified with significant elements of American cultural and social identity such as race, immigration, gender, religion and the development and challenges of a multi-cultural America.
Year 2 (Level 5)
American Modernity deals with the developments which began to make the USA that is familiar to us today—a predominantly urban, industrial, immigrant, consumerist, and technologically developed nation. To exemplify these developments it focuses initially on the city of Chicago, ‘the first of the great cities of the world,’ according to its first important novelist Henry Blake Fuller, ‘to rise under purely modern conditions.’ The second half of the module ranges more widely, from the development of urban Black culture in Harlem, New York (exemplified and represented in Larsen’s novel Passing) to legalised racial oppression in the South (the trials of the ‘Scottsboro boys’), and the trauma of the Great Depression, especially as made present through the quintessentially modern medium of photography. Taken together, this will allow us to see beyond naïve notions of straightforward linear historical progress, to see American Modernity clearly as being composed of processes, conflicts, and struggles. Many of these are highly significant in determining not only the contours of the contemporary United States, but also the shape of everyday life across the world.
Reading History provides an overview of ‘doing History’ from the Classical period onwards. It examines the ideas that have underpinned historical research and writing, from Herodotus to Post-Modernity, as well as recent theories of history (many of which have been drawn from other disciplines and including post-colonialism, gender and identity, spatial theory) as they have been used by historians. It provides students with an opportunity to think reflexively about the nature of the historical enterprise. Students are encouraged to link their studies in Reading History with their other second-year modules. This module principally examines the ways in which British historians have worked from the early medieval period to c.2000. It investigates the influences which shaped their approaches (including, e.g., the work of foreign scholars such as Leopold von Ranke and the historians of the French Annales School). It also investigates theories of history – e.g. Marxist ideas. It emphasizes the expansion of historical interests and the methodologies which have permitted fresh areas of study in the last thirty years and looks at the current practice of history.
|Social Justice and American Culture||15|
This module examines the ways in which cultural producers such as writers, film-makers, artists, photographers, playwrights, performers, choreographers, and those involved in the production of popular music and television, have engaged questions of social justice in the USA. Issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity will be discussed, as will questions of propaganda, ideology, witnessing, the community voice, the relationship between the personal and the political, and intersectionality (UNSDG 5: Gender Equality, UNSDG 10: Reduced Inequalities and UNSDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions). The module will consider a range of texts and works from the early American Republic to the present.
Either this module or Independent Study Module must be taken.
|Independent Study Module||15|
The independent study module gives students an opportunity to do research of a critical nature, using both primary and secondary sources. The exact nature of the project will be negotiated with a tutor, with the outcome being an extended essay. Students will develop their own bibliography after initial guidance from the tutor and then move on to pursue research on their own. There will be a minimum of four and a maximum of six supervisory tutorials between the student and tutor. Whilst content of the study can be negotiated, it is expected that students will engage in historiographical debate and show an awareness of primary material, although original primary research is not expected at this level. Students will be barred from using the same topic for a Dissertation.
Either this module or Social Justice and American Culture must be taken.
Year 3 (Level 6)
The Extended Independent Study (EIS) in American Studies is a dissertation of between 8,000 and 10,000 words on a subject of the students’ choice (subject to approval). Study is primarily student-directed, with regular supervision supplied by tutors teaching in the subject.
|Senior Interdisciplinary Seminar I: Research Training and Support||15|
This module is taught in a combination of seminar groups and individual tutorials. In all of these arenas students will be provided with the opportunity to reflect and consider synoptically and self-reflexively issues and debates in American Studies, bringing to bear the knowledge and expertise they have gleaned from all aspects of the course, including their concurrent Dissertation.
Either this module or Writing History must be taken.
This module is taught through small seminar groups only. In these groups, students will be able to explore the nature of historical research and historical debate through reflection on their own dissertation and the sharing of best practice with other students. It will allow a more supportive learning environment whilst ensuring a more active engagement with individual research.
Either this module or Senior Interdisciplinary Seminar I: Research Training and Support must be taken.
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 will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.
Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.
2020 Course Tuition Fees
|Optional Sandwich Year||£700||£700|
|Total with Sandwich Year||£28,450||£41,200|
If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, 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.
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 £6,935.
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 £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.
*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.
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:
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.
Week long History field trip in Year 2 - costs vary depending on location and number of students going on the trip. Indicative cost: £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. Indicative 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. Indicative cost: £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. Indicative cost: £150 per year.
Printing and Binding: We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.
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
- On campus, Winchester