BA American Studies

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(Guardian University Guide 2017)

"American Studies was a great way for me to experience an English Literature style course that focused on the American culture I was already interested in at school."

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Henry Burrell, BA American Studies

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American Studies at the University of East Anglia is recognised as one of the best departments in the UK. We offer our undergraduate students a broad range of courses and modules, allowing you to tailor your learning as you progress through your time with us. Most of our degrees also involve a year studying abroad. Throughout their course, our students develop skills that are highly attractive to employers.

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"Many employers have expressed interest in my year abroad at interview, and I now feel more independent, experienced and ready for anything"

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Kirsten Irving, American Studies Graduate who spent her year abroad at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.

American Studies allows you to understand the United States from literary and historical perspectives, by exploring great novels, movies, photographs and paintings, or historical documents and the nation’s defining historical events. You will get to grips with race, gender and civil liberties in America, consider its urban cityscapes and the landscapes of the wilderness, and delve into anything from popular culture to the counterculture and the avant garde.

Students on a four-year programme spend their third year studying in America or Canada, and have the option of spending a semester in Australia, New Zealand, or Hong Kong.

During your final year, you write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, guided by a supervisor, taking an interdisciplinary approach or specializing in American history or literature.

Overview

The BA American Studies degree programme is an interdisciplinary course, enabling you to study American history and literature, as well as giving you the opportunity to study politics and film. The programme invites you to engage with diverse forms of cultural expression, including novels, poetry, photographs, paintings, historical and political documents, classic texts, bestsellers, and movies.

The third year of this degree programme is spent abroad, providing you with an invaluable academic and cultural experience, one that most students consider to be the highlight of their time at university. You will spend the majority of the third year studying in America or Canada - with the option of spending a semester in Australia, New Zealand, or Hong Kong.

This opportunity allows you to appreciate American literature, history, film and politics from a different perspective; furthermore some institutions will provide you with internship placements in organisations such as publishers, newspapers and TV stations. See the “Study Abroad” heading below for more details.

Course Structure

The course begins at UEA with core modules that introduce to many aspects of American life and culture. You will then have the opportunity to tailor your learning, selecting optional modules from a wide range in your second and final years. The third year is spent studying abroad.

Year 1

In the first year you will engage with a number of compulsory modules, introducing you to many aspects of American life and culture. You will begin with year-long modules that provide an introduction to the core texts of American literature and the defining events in American history: Imagining America: Literature parts I and II, and We The People, parts I and II. In addition you will take Reading Cultures, which focuses on American Icons in the first semester, and Ideas and Ideologies in the second, to deepen your understanding of the United States.  At the same time the module is designed to develop the critical and writing skills essential for success at university.

Year 2

In your second year you are invited to choose from a wide range of seminars on topics, including American Southwest, American Music, Looking at Pictures: Photography and Visual Culture in the USA, American Material Culture, which might approach subjects such as the US environment, adolescence in American culture, the Harlem Renaissance, the punk movement or 1980s cinema.

We also offer literature options covering, for example, nineteenth century, twentieth century, and contemporary American or Cuban American writing, comparative American and Australian writing, or poetry, the Beat movement, American writers in Paris between the wars, and more.

Our history options span the breadth of the American past, taking in the aftermath of the Civil War, the dawn of the American century, the history of New York City, the Civil Rights Movement, US foreign policy, and much else besides.

Year 3 (Year Abroad)

Your third year is spent abroad. Students on a four-year programme spend their third year studying in America or Canada - with the option of spending one of those semesters in Australia, New Zealand, or Hong Kong.

Year 4

During your final year you will write a dissertation on a subject of your choice inspired by your year abroad. This research project will be supported by an academic with expertise in your area of interest. All students in their final year will have the option of taking advanced modules including American Violence, The American Body, The New American Century: Culture and Crisis – and many other possibilities from the literature and culture of the 1960s, of the Pacific, or of the nineteenth century, for example, multi-ethnic writing or Native American writing and film, or poetry and the environment, and more.

Should you wish to emphasise history, you may choose from options covering, for example, the history of the CIA or of immigration and migration, or choose to take a two-semester documents-based “special subject” which could include options such as American slavery or the politics and culture of the 1960s, Native American history or, the Cold War.

Assessment

Assessment takes place at the end of each semester through coursework, and at the end of each year by examination. In your final year, you will write a dissertation on a topic of your choice with the support of your tutors, therefore is no final examination. Your final degree result is determined by the marks you receive in years two and four.

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Study Abroad

What We Offer

We offer every one of our undergraduate students enrolled on a four year degree programme the opportunity to study abroad during their third year at one of forty-eight universities across the US and Canada – from New England to California, Alaska to Louisiana, Vancouver to Montreal.

Our Year Abroad programme has been running for over 30 years and is the largest in the UK for American Studies. Students are able to study in the US or Canada for a full year, or choose to split the year between North America, Hong Kong and Australasia (where we currently have 20+ partner institutions), and so experience American Studies from a Pacific Rim point of view, as well as the Atlantic perspective gained while at the University of East Anglia.

For more information please see the Study Abroad website.

Why do a Year Abroad?

Study abroad is a unique educational opportunity that can enhance your studies, but can also demonstrate a range of skills and provide key experiences that are sought by employers. Studying abroad can provide students with increased self-awareness, the ability to adapt to new situations, as well as an increased understanding of different cultural perspectives. Spending time studying overseas also allows students to demonstrate the ability to work and communicate in different cultural contexts, skills that are of vital importance to a range of international employers.

Studying abroad also provides an opportunity to meet new people and experience new things that can have a positive effect on a student’s academic progression. Students often return to UEA after their year abroad with a new sense of confidence and enthusiasm for their subject. Having experienced different teaching methods and subjects, students are also able to bring a range of new skills and perspectives into he classroom during their final year of study.

To find out more about our student experiences of overseas study you can read the following blog entries:

Fees

The advantage of our exchange programme is that you do not pay tuition to your exchange institution. These costs are covered by the tuition fees you pay here, and moreover, for the year you are overseas you only pay a percentage of your standard tuition fee (currently 15 per cent for Home/EU students and 25 per cent for international students)*.

Accommodation costs must be paid and vary in each institution.
*Please note that fees are subject to annual review.

Our Partner Institutions

See the map below for a full list of our current partner institutions. Please note that these agreements are reviewed and renewed periodically. In addition to this, we consistently form exchange agreements with new institutions across the US, Canada, Australasia and Hong Kong:

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN HISTORY I: AGE OF REVOLUTIONS

The compulsory module will offer a fundamental challenge to the opening lines of the American Constitution, "We the People", and consider the question of inclusion: who did "the people" refer to and who was excluded from this term of reference?

AMAF4008A

20

IMAGINING AMERICA: LITERATURE I

This module will provide you with a thorough introduction to American Literature from the Colonial period, through the Revolution, up to the cataclysmic events of the Civil War. Across the course, you will bear witness to the birth of a deeply distinctive Anglophone national literary culture. You will encounter a rich and vibrant variety of American writers and texts - travellers, novelists, poets, biographers, philosophers. From Puritans to politicians, from revolutionaries to Romantics, you will explore the work of the men and women who shaped our ideas of what American Literature was, is, and might be. Each week, you will also consider the other forces that shaped these texts. As America was colonised, sought independence, expanded westwards and fought a Civil War over slavery, how did American writers respond to the extraordinary tensions running through a newly born nation?

AMAL4033A

20

IMAGINING AMERICA: LITERATURE II

This module will provide you with a thorough introduction to American Literature from the after the American Civil War, through the turn of the century and into modernism and the early twentieth century, up to the close of World War II.

AMAL4031B

20

READING CULTURES I: AMERICAN ICONS

This course aims to introduce you to some of the basic tools you will need for a degree in the School of American Studies. It is designed to provide you with the skills required for the assessed work you will be doing in your other core modules; you are also encouraged to bring in questions, thoughts and examples from those other modules.

AMAS4036A

20

READING CULTURES II: IDEAS AND IDEOLOGIES

The module develops and expands the research methods, writing skills, and oral skills acquired in Reading Cultures I: American Icons. By continuing the exploration of contemporary American culture and introducing cultural and critical theory as a means to engage with current ideas and ideologies circulating around American cultural icons, the module will encourage exploration of America's changing position in the world. The module is intended to further facilitate skills in reading, writing, analysis, synthesis, independent thinking, and confidence as self-supporting learners in order to provide a strong foundation for work at levels 2 and 3.

AMAS4037B

20

WE THE PEOPLE II: THE AMERICAN CENTURY

This is an introductory survey module that provides students with knowledge of the broad outlines of American history from the end of the nineteenth century to the present day. It follows a chronological sequence with weekly topics on the major themes and events in U.S. history in this period. Students will attend a weekly lecture during which they will take personal notes, before participating in a seminar in which they will debate the key issues. They will complete the required readings from the course textbooks before the seminar meeting, including primary documents and articles. Students will interrogate the readings and the key issues in the group, among peers and via structured activities.

AMAF4010B

20

Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

EXCEPTIONAL STATES: US INTELLECTUAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY

Exceptional States is designed to allow you to grapple with some of the distinctive, some have said exceptional, ways in which Americans have viewed the world, interpreted their own society, their own past, their own literary and artistic traditions#that is, their own culture. It will give you a key to understanding 'the American mind', or to put it another way, American ways of thinking. It is in a sense intended to enable you to approach your subject#whether that be your own particular topic, your own discipline, or the field as a whole#with an ability to interpret it, understand its Americanness, and so understand the subtle nuances often lost on outsiders. It will, in short, give you a deeper insight into America, and also into the study of America. To that extent, it takes your intellectual journey onward another stage. You will begin to see new meanings in past events, literary texts, images, films, and so on. You will be able to reach a deeper understanding of the complexities of the United States of America.

AMAS5028Y

40

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

American Studies Modules

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN FRONTIERS

This module explores the ever expanding concept of 'American Frontiers'. Since Frederick Jackson Turner's influential 'Frontier thesis' of 1893, American identity has been increasingly linked to the concept of the 'frontier' which has, in more recent years, become subject to an ever-widening geography. Often referred to as the 'transnational turn,' this critical and theoretical trajectory has constantly reinvented - and multiplied - what constitutes the 'American Frontier'. From violent clashes between colonisers and Native peoples to the Space Race, from literary cosmopolitanisms to Hollywood in the South Seas, from America's own national borders to its internal racial and ethnic boundaries, to name just a few of the possible ways of thinking about the Frontier, this module considers American geographies in tandem with the critical movements that have shaped American Studies.

AMAS5045A

20

AMERICAN MUSIC

The first book published in the New World was a hymn book. Music, sacred and profane, has been at the centre of American lives ever since. Accordingly, this module will explore the history of American music - but it will also examine the way that its development tells a larger story. Focusing largely on the vernacular musical traditions we will encounter a wide range of musical styles and musicians, each of which has something vital to tell us about the shaping of America. After all, as Plato knew, "When the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city shake."

AMAS5023A

20

FILMS THAT MADE US AMERICAN: THE 1980S THROUGH THE MOVIES

The module will examine America in the1980s. It will look at youth culture, post-Vietnam revisionism and the 'remasculinization of America', yuppie culture, and the impact of both AIDS and drug addiction. Core factors of study in this module are the effects of both New Right morality upon the American socio-cultural landscape, and Ronald Reagan as postmodern president administrating to a 'celluloid America' of his own fantastic imagining. Overall, the module will offer the chance to analyse the tensions and contradictions of the decade as they were played out in both the content and structure of contemporary American film.

AMAS5019A

20

THE COLD WAR

What was the Cold War? How did it start, where and how was it fought, and why did it last so long? This module analyses these issues by exploring the contest waged by the U.S. and Soviet Union in every corner of the globe during the twentieth century. It considers nations and peoples who aligned with the superpowers or, as was increasingly the case, with neither. It looks at the multiple ways in which this unique 'war short of total war' influenced all aspects of life, from diplomacy and politics, to economics, to culture and values, to bombs and warfare, to societal norms, to questions of race and sexuality. With attention to a range of state, private, and transnational actors, it analyses the global and international nature of the Cold War. It explores the place of the conflict amid other transformative historical narratives during the century and, finally, considers the changing ways that historians have written about the Cold War.

AMAS5044A

20

THEY CAME FROM OUTER-THE-CLOSET: GENDER, SEXUALITY AND PANIC IN AMERICAN FILM AND LITERATURE

With its main focus on the 20th century, this module will explore key moments of change or crisis in the century and consider the ways the panic caused by such changes is distinctly gendered and/or sexualised. It will concurrently examine gender and sexual resistance to dominant ideas of American identity and the subsequent creation and/or promotion of liberationist discourses and alternative communities. Film and literature will provide the focus for this cultural study, and the module will range widely over a number of different genres including the western, sci-fi, detective and LGBT themed works.

AMAS5020B

20

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

American History and Literature Modules.

Name Code Credits

20TH CENTURY AMERICAN POETRY

This module provides a broadly chronological view of American poetry from the start of the twentieth century to the present day. It wonders about what the consequences might be if we consider seriously Emerson's claim (made in 1844), that America might be seen as a poem.

AMAL5011B

20

AMERICAN CRIME FICTION

This module explores both America's fascination with crime fiction, and crime fiction itself as an American genre. From its emergence in the mid-nineteenth century writings of Edgar Allen Poe, this module will investigate the ways in which American crime fiction has traced and exposed a wide range of social and cultural anxieties in America. Moving through the early twentieth century hard-boiled detective narratives of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Chester Himes, and into the postmodern concerns of late twentieth and early twenty-first century writers such as James Ellroy, Patricia Highsmith, Sara Paretsky, Carl Hiaasen and Patricia Cornwell, we will examine the ways in which American crime fiction asks a series of searching and troubling questions about contemporary American society. Central to our analysis will be the ways in which crime fiction represents a range of American concerns including individualism, the 'hero', race, gender, class, regionalism, the city, and the environment.

AMAL5038B

20

AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

The purpose of this unit is to expose students to a range of works by American women writers in the 20th century. We will looks at some of the best known women writers in the American tradition, as well as works or writers you are not likely to encounter in other units, because either the author or the work is sidelined.

AMAL5009B

20

BLACK FREEDOM STRUGGLES: THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

This is the second of two modules examining the black freedom struggle in the United States. This module examines the struggle from 1865 to Black Lives Matter. Students will study the political activism of African American figures such as Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, Mary McLeod Bethune and Angela Davis. Students will gain a detailed understanding of the race, gender and class dimensions of the 'long' civil rights movement, paying specific attention to the activism of black women organisers. Finally, the module will encourage students to think through the diverse and changing nature of the civil rights movement as black activists responded to specific political situations both within the United States and abroad.

AMAH5050B

20

Black Freedom Struggles: Slavery, 1619-1865

The module will follow a chronological sequence, allowing us to trace the course of racial slavery in North America, reflecting on the roots of racism that flourished during the antebellum years and beyond. Through engaging with the developing historiography of slavery in the United States students will gain a deeper understanding of contemporary (then and now) debates concerning race and racial identity as well as American slavery per se

AMAH5043A

20

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN FICTION

The purpose of this module is to expose students to a range of prose works by important contemporary American writers. We will identify a number of key concepts associated with contemporary American fiction, such as (but not limited to) postmodernism, metafiction, historiography, identity, globalisation, place, and memory. At the same time, though, we will explore why it is challenging to describe, and make fictions about, contemporary American culture.

AMAL5011A

20

LIVING ON THE HYPHEN: Multi-ethnic American Literatures

America has long been interpreted as the location of social possibility founded upon a desire to assimilate and negate ethnic 'others'. This module traces the literary responses of distinct 'American' cultures: including Native American; African American; Asian American; and Latin American. Each group of texts engage with the specific historical, cultural and political relationships between the US and each author's country of origin or national/cultural history, across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics will include race and racism, exile, return, family, belonging, identity, language and memory, colonisation, imperialism, slavery, segregation, immigration, and illegality/invisibility, with an emphasis upon contemporary experiences.

AMAL5077A

20

THE BEATS AND THE LIMITS OF WRITING

On this module we will explore Beat literature, tracing its origins in American rebellion and avant-garde experimentation, and the subsequent impact of the Beats on American literature and culture. We will examine how the Beats developed a counterculture which both engaged with and struggled against the limits of writing, identity, and society in mid-century America. Through close readings of texts and a sustained examination of key critical concepts, we will not only develop an understanding of the Beats in context, but also interrogate the limits of Beat literature itself through critical reflection on the tensions of race, gender, and "consensus culture" which surround and inform Beat writing.

AMAL5076A

20

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN STUDIES SEMESTER ABROAD: AMERICA

A semester spent at an American university taking an approved course of study. Restricted to students on American Studies 4 year programmes.

AMAY5027A

60

AMERICAN STUDIES SEMESTER ABROAD: AUSTRALIA

A semester spent at an Australian university taking an approved course of study. Restricted to students on 4 year programmes.

AMAY5026B

60

AMERICAN STUDIES YEAR ABROAD

A year spent at an American university taking an approved course of study. Restricted to students on 4 year American Studies programmes. For students on programmes:U1T700401, U1TQ73401, U1TW76401, U1T7W8401, U1V238401, U1V2L2401, U1TW76401.

AMAY5028Y

120

Students must study the following modules for 30 credits:

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN STUDIES YEAR ABROAD DISSERTATION

Final year dissertation involving research into a specific issue or topic in American culture, society, history or literature. Restricted to students on the 4 year American Studies degree programmes. Topics will already have been approved on the basis of dissertation proposals submitted during the year abroad.

AMAY6036A

30

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

AFRICAN AMERICANS AND EMPIRE

This module examines the nature of the black freedom struggle in the United States. Historically denied full citizenship rights in the United States, African Americans often looked abroad in their fight against racial prejudice. Seminars will explore how and why black Americans forged transnational alliances that challenged racism on a local and a global level. Covering the connections between African Americans and movements for racial justice in Europe, Africa, South Asia, the Caribbean and beyond, the module will explore the global political outlook of prominent black figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Claudia Jones and Barack Obama.

AMAH6041A

30

AMERICAN VIOLENCE

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this module explores key themes in the history, theorisation, and representation of violence in the United States. In particular, the module will consider America's seemingly "exceptional" relationship with violence.

AMAS6049A

30

CALIFORNIA DREAMING: NOVELS OF THE GOLDEN STATE

This module looks at the ways in which California has represented itself, or been represented, in fiction. Beginning with the 'first' published Californian novel of 1854, The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta, the Celebrated California Bandit, we will trace the development of the Californian novel into the early twenty-first century. One particular interest is the ways in which Californian novels engage with, dissect, and critique notions of California as a 'dream' or ideal/idyll; and we will explore how novelists address crucial, and often contentious, historical moments in Californian history. Topics include settlement and 'removal'; migration and immigration; corporate interests and 'big business'; Los Angleles as the City of Dreams; and 'global' California. Writers will include some or all of the following: Mary Austin, T C Boyle, Joan Didion, Chester Himes, Frank Norris, Kem Nunn; John Rollin Ridge, Upton Sinclair, John Steinbeck, Helena Maria Viramontes, Nathaniel West, and Karen Tei Yamashita.

AMAL6044A

30

THE AMERICAN BODY

This module reads the changing values, presentations and representations of the body that move through and construct American culture. This module will involve pairing theoretical perspectives with current and historical ideas of the body to allow us to interrogate intellectual and popular meanings assigned to and played out through the body, reading particular moments in American writing, art, photography and popular forms for the things they might tell us about corporality and self presentation, but also about the wider structures of the social and cultural environment. We will engage with canonical debates about race, gender, sexuality and ideas of 'representation', but also with categories that cut across and through these modes of reading - with the normal and the ideal, ideas of illness and wellness, ability and disability, of the organic and the machine, of the body under servitude, or under punishment, and with the whole idea of embodiment in itself. This module - like all other modules at this level - requires a substantial, regular, reading commitment.

AMAS6040A

30

US INTERVENTIONISM, THE CIA AND COVERT ACTION

Covert intervention represents the most controversial aspect of U.S. foreign relations. No group has been as closely associated with this activity - historically and in the population imagination - than the Central Intelligence Agency. To what extent is this clandestine dimension to international affairs consistent with official, overt policies of the U.S. government? Or is it the best example of American imperialism? How do we come to understand covert action campaigns? This module introduces the main conceptual and historical debates to covert action as a tool of U.S. foreign policy. In so doing it considers the institutions and processes behind covert action, especially the role of the CIA, in the attempt to secretly shape events abroad. It also analyses the mediums that narrate and explain American interventionism and covert action. This will provide a fuller and richer understanding of the U.S. place in the international system during the twentieth century, its relationship to other states and non-state actors, and discussions about American identity and the nation's role in the world.

AMAH6009A

30

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

GENDER IN AMERICAN CULTURE

The Statue of Liberty is emblematic of the democratic ideals espoused since the American Revolution. Yet, the feminine figure that stands aloft in the New York skyline is also symbolic of discourses of gender: the ideals and expectations shaping men and women's lives as gendered beings. This module will consider how traditional discourses of gender have shaped the identity of Americans and the American nation. Focusing on a wide variety of case studies including debates around the body, citizenship, representations of gender in iconographical form and visual culture, in addition to reflecting on gendered rhetoric in the political arena, the workplace, and institutions such as the military, the module will consider how particular ideals of gender have been articulated in various contexts and how this has informed wider discourses central to the American nation.

AMAS6032B

30

NEW AMERICAN CENTURY: CULTURE AND CRISIS

On the eve of the twenty-first century it appeared that the United States of America was indeed entering into a new American Century with its role as global leader as strongly defined as it was a century earlier. However, the last decade and a half has been witness to a nation in turmoil and crisis, from the conflict between a universalising (Americanising) globalisation and an introspective nationalism; the war on terror and the conflicts in Afghanistan Iraq and Syria; environmental crisis and disaster; the conflict surrounding immigration and national identity, to the present financial crisis. The renewed and vigorous return to rhetoric of national 'unity' that characterised the campaign and election of Barack Obama as President of the United States in 2008 serves to highlight the historical divisions and crises of American society and underscores that contemporary America is in crisis geopolitically, economically, democratically, environmentally, and culturally. This module seeks to engage with these areas of crisis and examine a variety of cultural responses to the America of the millennium. Through a variety of cultural texts, from literature, film and documentary, political speeches and letters, to historical texts and pop culture, this module examines the ways in which these crises have been culturally and politically constructed and given particular sets of meaning.

AMAS6052B

30

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN GOTHIC

American fiction began in the period of the European Gothic novel, and it is possible to argue, as Leslie Fiedler does in Love and Death in the American Novel, that this has marked American literature ever since. As he put it, 'our fiction is', 'bewilderingly and embarrassingly, a gothic fiction, nonrealistic and negative, sadist and melodramatic -- a literature of darkness and the grotesque in a land of light and affirmation.' Through detailed textual and critical investigations this module looks closer at the meaning of gothic conventions and considers their persisting effects in American fiction.

AMAL6024B

30

NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORIES IN TWENTY FIRST CENTURY PERSPECTIVE

Indian Halloween costumes, reservation casino wealth, Washington Red Skins, Cowboy and Indian Alliance, powwow, Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, and the Native tourist industry are just some of the contemporary topics that will be analysed to open this module's explorations and discussions of the histories of Native Americans within the context of United States' settler colonialism. A wide range of sources will be studied: traditional written texts; photographs; art; fashion; advertisements; museums displays. Students will learn the techniques to conduct these analyses, and to participate in current historical debates, evaluate the historiography, and define their own topic for the written assessment.

AMAH6005B

30

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB preferably including English and/or History
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points preferably including 5 in HL English and/or History
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB preferably including English and/or History
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB preferably including English Literature and/or History or 2 subjects at H1 and 4 at H2 preferably including English Literature and/or History.
  • Access Course An Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences pathway is preferred. Pass the Access course with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 preferably including English and/or History modules, and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDM preferably alongside a GCE A-level or equivalent in English and/or History
  • European Baccalaureate 75% preferably including English and/or History

Entry Requirement

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

A GCE A-level in English and/or History is preferred. 

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Fees and Funding

In each year, American Studies offers a number of scholarships of up to £1000 to students on a Year Abroad.  Those students scoring top marks in their A level exams will be considered for one of these awards.

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

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Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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    Next Steps

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