Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

American Studies

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: T702

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • American History – Birth of a Nation

  • American History: the American Century

  • Transformative Texts of American Literature

  • American Film and Society

  • America: in Theory

Optional modules

  • Passport Languages

  • American Revolutionary Readings

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Introduction to the American Year Abroad

  • Contemporary America in Context

Optional modules

  • The Civil Rights Movement

  • The Fire Next Time: From Slavery to Civil Rights

  • Cold War Culture

  • Themes in American Photography

  • Modern Art in America

  • American Rebels: Reading 20th Century US Counterculture

  • American Alternative Cinema

  • Documenting America: Themes in American Non-Fiction Film

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

  • Musical-Made America

  • American Animation History

  • American Gothic

  • Understanding America

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Dissertation

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

Optional modules

  • ​“Mi Raza Primero!” Mexican American History and Culture​

  • American Slavery in Literature and Film

  • The CIA and American Democracy

  • MOMA: Creating the Culture of Art in America

  • Post 9/11 American Literature

  • History of Hollywood Horror

  • The US in Vietnam

  • Approaches to Presidential Power in the USA

  • 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

  • Disney Studies

  • Crossing the Line: Frontiers, Coasts and Borders in the Literature of America

  • The Civil War in American History and Culture

"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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"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."

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More about this course

We live in an Americanised world. This fascinating course enables you to study the world’s only superpower and spend a full year abroad at one of 40-plus US university campuses – the widest choice available to UK students. Most universities offer just one semester in the US but our students go for a year to fully immerse themselves in American culture. Hull has been pioneering the teaching of American Studies in the UK for more than 50 years, and our diverse range of modules allow you to tailor the degree to suit your own interests and career aspirations.

Our friendly, approachable academics are international experts in the field of American Studies. You can specialise in history, literature or culture, if you choose, but are encouraged to embrace the rich diversity of American studies. Our graduates are in high demand from employers who value their skills, confidence and flexibility. If you don't have the qualifications to enter the degree directly, we offer a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study.

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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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Ranked in the top 10 nationally for student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey.

Hull pioneered American Studies in the UK and boasts one of the finest collections of resources.

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

Graduates with the skill, imagination and the confidence that comes with spending a year abroad are much in demand. Our students enter an increasing range of careers including teaching, broadcasting, screenwriting, journalism, finance, PR, marketing, law, politics, the charity sector and publishing.

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.

Many of our graduates go on to pursue postgraduate study in America or the UK, and many have gone on to pursue noteworthy academic careers. We are currently developing an MA in Cultural Studies for which our graduates would be well suited, and we also offer PhD and MPhil options in American studies. Find out more about our research degrees here.