Studying American Studies and English Literature gives you the chance to explore the culture, history and politics of the most influential country in the world, alongside many aspects of English literature and creative writing. This four-year BA American Studies and English Literature degree with a year abroad opens up a range of exciting career possibilities by giving students transferable skills, which are highly valued by employers. As a student on the BA programme, you will be joining a subject area ranked 1st in NSS (Complete University Guide 2019) and Top-10 for Graduate prospects (The Times Good University Guide 2018) for American Studies. English Literature is ranked 7th in the UK (REF 2014) and Top-15 for Graduate Prospects (The Times Good University Guide 2018 and The Complete University Guide 2019). Some 91% of our American Studies graduates are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from HE survey 2015), and 74% of our students achieved a 1st class or 2.1 honours degree in 2017/18. Students on this course typically develop excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats, along with strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills. They gain employment in a range of sectors including education, marketing, government, research and events management, working for prestigious organisations such as the Labour Party and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Based on our stunning Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula, the course can be tailored to suit your interests within American studies and history. You will be able to explore the history, literature, politics and culture, of the United States from the period of colonization to the presidency of Donald Trump, as well as many aspects of English literature from gothic and genre fiction to renaissance literature, creative writing and professional writing. You will spend the third year studying in an American university, further improving your student experience and career prospects, and you will have the opportunity to be involved with projects with the Dylan Thomas Centre and the National Theatre Wales. Teaching on the course is informed by our world-leading research and you can attend seminars organised through our guest speaker programme. Visiting American professors also offer modules as part of the degree, and with more than 150 American students studying at Swansea each year, you have access to a ready-made network of contacts with links stretching across the USA. Please visit our course page for more information: swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/artsandhumanities/american-studies/ba-ams-english-tq73/ We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.
You will study six modules each year to include compulsory and optional modules. Module selection options may change.
This degree programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities degree programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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