Globalise your degree and experience your subject first-hand, with a year at a US or Canadian university. Whether you've discovered American and Canadian studies through an interest in global relations, politics, or even a love for American television shows, our expert-led courses let you design your degree to suit your strengths and interests. You will explore American and Canadian history, literature and culture, selecting optional modules on everything from North American politics to music, art, film and television. The huge range of areas on offer means you will develop important skills to enhance your career options, while your year abroad will build important life-long skills. From a newfound independence, to adaptability, confidence and cultural awareness, a year abroad will prepare you for the job market in a way like no other.
Our first-year core modules are designed as an introduction. We will build everyone's knowledge to the same level, so you can progress through to year two. Through core modules, in year one you are introduced to the key themes and events of American history and culture, significant authors and texts of American literature, as well as Canadian literature, film and culture. You must pass year one, but it does not count towards your final degree classification. There are two core modules in year two. In addition you choose from a range of specialised modules covering periods, events, authors or texts in more detail. You must pass year two, which counts 33% towards your final degree classification. Your third academic year will be spent at a major North American university. You will be required to take modules in American and/or Canadian studies as well as choosing from a wide range of alternative modules. During this year you will also begin research for your dissertation, which will be completed in your final year. You must study a minimum of 12 contact hours per week, to fulfil both visa and teaching requirements. A set percentage of modules must normally be taken at junior year or above, and a set proportion must be in your honours subject(s). Marks do not count directly towards your final degree. However, you must attain a minimum C average (a GPA of 2.0) in order to gain credit for the year abroad on your final degree transcript. If you are unable to meet the required standard, you will transfer to the three-year programme. For more information see our Year Abroad webpage. In year four you will continue to specialise in the fields that most interest you. You will write a dissertation on a subject of your choice, and select a range of advanced-level modules in North American history, literature, culture and film, led by staff who are active researchers in these areas. You must pass year four, which counts 67% towards your final degree classification.
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:
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European Baccalaureate - 75% overall including an essay based subject.
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.