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Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

History and American Studies

Undergraduate                  BA (Hons)

UCAS code: TV71

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • American History – Birth of a Nation

  • American History: the American Century

You'll also choose one from:

  • Exploring the Past

  • Representing the Past in Film

Optional modules

  • American Film and Society

  • America: in Theory

  • The Medieval World

  • Early Modern People and Their Worlds

  • The Modern World

  • Global Histories: The Non-Western World

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Thinking About the Past

  • Contemporary America in Context

  • Communicating the Past

Optional modules

  • From Tahiti to Kew: Science and Empire in the 18th Century

  • British Identity

  • Cities of Culture

  • The Fire Next Time: From Slavery to Civil Rights

  • Cold War Culture

  • Themes in American Photography

  • A Millennium of Persecution: Jews & Anti-semitism in Europe, 1000-1945

  • Venice

  • Power and Dominion: Expanding Rule in the Atlantic World, 1066-1865

  • “Ninety Per Cent of Everything”: Shipping and Society since 1650

  • Into the Wild: American Environmental History and Culture

  • Documenting America: Themes in American Nonfiction Film

  • Reagan’s Polarised America: a Cultural Study of the USA in the 1980s

  • Musical-Made America

  • Understanding America

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Crisis and Conflict After the Cold War: Interpreting the Yugoslav Wars of 1990s

  • Hazards and History: Disasters, Wars and Societies

  • The Globalisation of American Culture: International Perspectives on America as a Cultural Superpower

  • ¡Mi Raza Primero! – a Cultural Study of Mexican Americans in the 20th/21st Centuries

  • America on Trial

  • The CIA and American Democracy

  • MOMA: Creating the Culture of Art in America

  • The US in Vietnam

  • First World War

  • A Racial History of Modern Britain, 1793-1999

  • Hell Afloat? Sailors and British Society 1800-1930

  • The Third Reich, 1933-1945

  • Conspiracy: the Paranoid Style in US Politics, Society and Culture

  • American History by Hollywood

  • Doin’ Time: American Prison Culture of the 20th and 21st Centuries

  • Radical Culture in the Red Decade

  • Imperial Colonies: Reinterpreting the American Revolution

  • The Anglo-American ‘special relationship’ and the Middle East, 1945-1973

  • Commanding the Oceans: Seapower and British Ascendancy, 1688-1815

"There's a lot of history surrounding Hull, and this influences the modules you study. Once I realised that, I knew that I'd be in the ideal place for my course."

Holly Cockerham Watch Video

"To me, it was a no-brainer. You offer me a course where I get to learn about America and go there... I thought, this is it."

Hannah Townsend Watch Video

"I also wanted to travel to America for a year, and this course offered me both the British University experience and the American College experience."

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More about this course

Variety is at the heart of our vision of history here at Hull. Historians are just as likely nowadays to study how people lived and loved in times gone by as they are to probe the stories of rulers and battles. At Hull, we recognise history in all of its diversity.

With our exciting choice of modules, you can follow your interests in social, cultural, art, global, indigenous, military, maritime and economic history, as well as archaeology. Our programmes are broad in conception, ranging from the Iron Age to the present day, so students are ideally placed to explore the key themes of continuity and change. The programme is delivered by active researchers and authors whose professional historical expertise underpins the modules they provide.

By placing America under the microscope, you will achieve a deep understanding of its history, culture and society. This understanding will be augmented through engagement with the historical and global influences upon America.  American Studies develops intellectual flexibility by providing a multidimensional programme with a wide variety of  approaches source materials, including non-traditional materials such as art, music, and film.

You’ll have access to a wealth of resources, both online and in the magnificently refurbished University Library. Specialist study resources are also available at the pioneering Hull History Centre, the distinctive Maritime Historical Studies Centre, and the world-leading Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE).

Teaching and Learning
Scheduled
Placement
independent

First year

16%

84%

Second year

12%

88%

Final year

15%

85%

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

20%

80%

Second year

25%

13%

62%

Final year

7%

12%

81%

Ranked the best in the country for student satisfaction in the 2018 Complete University Guide.

Largest exchange programme in the UK, offering a full year of US study and more than 30 destinations. 

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History at Hull scored 96% for student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey, while Archaeology was top with a perfect 100%.

Follow your interests in the social, cultural, art, indigenous, military, maritime and economic history of Britain, Europe, and the wider world.

Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 120 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

120 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

Hull has a distinguished track record in the area of graduate employability. Employers value the skills that students acquire through studying History. Our degree programme will enhance your abilities to analyse complex data and present clear and coherent arguments in essays, presentations and classroom discussions. These skills are readily transferable to most areas of work.

Because our students are encouraged to be flexible and develop skills across a range of subjects they find several doors are open to them. We have even produced authors, actors, massage therapists and football executives. One of our recent graduates won a fully funded prestigious scholarship to the University of Wyoming.

Some of our alumni can be found in senior positions in the American Embassy and in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; another is the President of the Foundation for International Education.

As a Hull graduate, you will continue to have access to the University Careers Service, which provides a wealth of advice and information on the world of work, as well as maintaining close links with local, regional, national and international graduate employers.