Department of English and American Studies

About the department

From the written word, music and festivals to seafaring and sustainable wind power, the maritime city of Hull has a rich cultural and creative heritage. Our University is at the heart of life in Hull and the department is actively involved in the city's vibrant community.

Our students are taught in an inclusive environment – supported by writers, playwrights, and researchers with expertise in literature, language, discourse analysis, film, history and art history. Staff in the department work with a range of organisations including prisons, publishers, participatory arts and heritage institutions, art galleries and offshore industries.

Head of department

Sarah Jane Dickenson

Dr Sarah-Jane Dickenson


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Brynmor Jones Library

Enjoy 24/7 access to the iconic Brynmor Jones Library which boasts stunning views, cosy reading rooms, cutting edge collaborate spaces and more than a million books.

Our community

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"The course is ranked one of the best for student satisfaction and the lecturers all made me feel really welcome"

Watch: Find out why Connie Fredrickson chose American Studies at Hull.

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Try Creative Writing and English

Watch: Join Dr Anna Fitzer and Dr Michael Farrelly for a virtual a taster session.

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"The applicant day was really warm and welcoming"

Watch: Maya Tyrrell on why she chose to study English at Hull

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The Fear Talking

Dr Chris Westoby recently published his debut novel The Fear Talking. Chris – Programme Director of the Online MA in Creative Writing – is also a Hull alumnus and credits his experiences as a student here for helping shape his literary career.

Find out more about Chris's debut novel

American Studies on demand

Watch: Join Dr Jo Metcalf and students Debrah and Jonathan for an American Studies taster session.

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Adventures in American Studies

‘I've had so many adventures over the last four years in American Studies. The course has allowed me to study my passions and develop new ones, transforming the way I look at the world.' - Josie Alexander


Our department has world-class research strengths in anglophone literatures and cultures. With research that is transatlantic in scope but rooted in public and community engagement, we work with a range of external partners from prisons to publishers, heritage organisations to hospitals, digital studios to offshore industries.

96% BA English has a 96% graduate employability rating#
Hull pioneered American Studies in Britain and our innovative, up-to-date programme keeps us ahead of the curve
Top 25 for English in the Good University Guide 2021
Renowned poet Philip Larkin is one of the many influential authors with strong links to Hull who are studied here
1st American Studies is ranked 1st in the UK for overall satisfaction, with a score of 100%#


# National Student Survey (NSS) 2020, HEIs only

† Ranked joint 24th of 101 institutions in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021