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American Studies courses

At Hull, American Studies is part of the School of Humanities, which sits in the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education.


Hull pioneered American Studies in Britain and keep ahead of the track by providing innovative, up-to-date programmes. And we have the largest exchange programme of any UK university, offering students a full year of study in the US with a choice of more than 30 different US campuses.

American Studies is ranked first in the UK for Overall Student Satisfaction*, Teaching Quality and Student Experience.

Foundation year

Gives you the skills and knowledge for entry on to a degree if you don’t quite meet the academic entry requirements.

Study abroad

We have partnerships with universities across the globe. Depending on your course, you can study for one trimester, or a full year, in another country.

Industrial placement

Work in industry as part of your degree. Depending on your course, you can spend part of your degree on placement. See your course page for specific details.

Integrated Masters

Some courses combine undergraduate and postgraduate study. The integrated Masters year is an extra year after your standard degree.


  • American Studies

    Study history, literature or culture, and embrace the rich diversity of American studies. You can also spend a full year abroad at a university in the US.

Postgraduate Taught

  • MA in Incarceration Studies

    Explore incarceration in all its forms on a programme that combines teaching in cultural studies, film, history, sociology, criminology, visual culture, English, and creative writing.

Postgraduate Research

  • American Studies research degrees

    Hull has one of the finest collections of American resources. Find out more about our expertise to study an MA by Thesis or PhD in American Studies.

American Studies Hannah Townsend UNI-0184

During my year abroad, I got to experience Thanksgiving and travel the length and breadth of California. I would recommend it to anyone because it really is a life-changing experience.

Hannah Townsend
BA (Hons), American Studies


The United States. The Land of Opportunity. America – there’s nowhere else in the world quite like it. And if you’re fascinated by every aspect of this vibrantly diverse country, this is the University for you.

We’ve been at the forefront of teaching American Studies in the UK for more than 50 years, and our staff are international experts who can offer experience and support.


Expand your horizons and acquire skills for a bright future. Our modules span American history, film, literature and politics, so you can build your degree just the way you want it.


Ranked first in the UK for Overall Student Satisfaction*, Teaching Quality and Student Experience‡.


Unlike many universities, you will be taught by a core team of dedicated American Studies specialists. Our staff have a wide range of expertise in American history, literature and culture.

Allam Medical Building and BJL Library


Whatever you're studying, the library is one of the best places in the country to get your work done. With over a million books, and state-of-the-art technology throughout, there's a good reason that this is one of the most visited places on campus.


The course gives you an insight into history, culture, media and politics, meaning our graduates leave with a range of skills, such as debate, presentations and blogging. This makes graduates highly employable in sectors including PR, publications and media.

A number of our graduates have gone on to enjoy careers linked to the States – including a cultural attaché officer at the US embassy, and a historical guide at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in Virginia.

† UK domicile full-time first degree leavers, Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2018/20, published by HESA July 2022.

90% of American Studies students are in work or further study 15 months after graduating



Our research reflects the rapid historical and cultural development of America, and how in turn American culture represents history. Our diverse research output ranges from an exploration of the political tensions of the American Revolution to appraising gender roles in US animation. Our research is a rich and varied examination of the world's ultimate super power.


Unlike the degrees offered by most other universities which only include a semester in the States, our BA American Studies course includes a year in which to fully immerse yourself in the culture.

We have exchange agreements with the UK’s largest selection of partners for any American Studies programme, stretching from New York to North Carolina, California to Kansas.

Find out more

We have the largest exchange programme of any UK university with a choice of more than 30 US campuses.


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* National Student Survey (NSS) 2022, HEIs only.

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.