University of Leicester

American Studies University of Leicester Degree level: Undergraduate

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The USA. Love it or not, few countries have had such a profound global impact on culture, history, politics, technology and most aspects of modern life. You’ll take a sweeping look at the ideas, events and figures that have defined America, as well as pursue the topics that fascinate you most.

Course details

Modules

In your first year you will acquire a firm grounding in the history, politics, literature and visual culture of America. History modules will give you a broad overview of America's development, while literature modules will introduce you to the landmark works of literature that epitomise the American canon. You will also learn how the executive, legislative, and judicial branches govern the country as well as getting a thorough introduction to American visual culture, including film, photography, television and video games. In your second year, you will delve deeper into each of the four major areas covered on the course. In core modules on ethnicity and diversity in American history and literature you will study the history and experience of many different ethnic communities in the United States. And in twin modules on the American west and the American city you will examine two major themes in American history and culture from a variety of disciplinary angles; historical, literary, political and cinematic. In addition you will take a module on Latin America and the United States and a further option of your choice. In your final year you will have the freedom to tailor your degree to your own specific interests. The only compulsory module will be a 10,000-word dissertation, the subject of which you will choose. The rest of your studies will be selected from a wide-ranging list of specialist modules that cater for all manner of personal interests and are taught by tutors who are keen to share their wealth of experience and knowledge. For further details, please see the course page on the University website.

Assessment method

Assessment methods are varied. Our major forms of assessment are submitted essays, blogs, passage analysis, and written exams. On some modules we also assess by means of oral presentations and group work projects in order to give you a more fully rounded academic experience and to help you develop vital oral and teamwork skills for the professional workplace.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code T700
Institution code L34
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma D: 24 credits Pass the diploma with 45 credits at level 3. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information and eligibility: ahladmissions@le.ac.uk
Scottish Higher BBBBB Please contact the Admissions Team for further information and eligibility: ahladmissions@le.ac.uk
AS This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal M2, M2, M2
Extended Project This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H3, H3, H3, H3 Please contact the Admissions Team for further information and eligibility: ahladmissions@le.ac.uk
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications
Scottish Advanced Higher BBB
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Accepted in place of a third A-Level at grade B or above.

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous examination results.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

This information will be updated as soon as the tuition fees for the academic year 2020/1 have been confirmed. For further information about fees and funding please see the following page of the University website: https://le.ac.uk/student-life/undergraduates/fees-funding

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