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Study with a top History department and be taught from the cutting edge of historical research. Explore the making of one of the world’s most influential superpowers in American Studies.

Our BA History and/with American Studies gives you the opportunity to study two subjects that will help you to hone your investigative and analytical skills.

Through our diverse and inclusive History curriculum you will learn about an array of cultures and identities. What links our work is our focus on people’s history and everyday lives. This is represented strongly in our first year programme, which will give you an insight into the making of the modern world through exploration of faith, magic and medicine, campaigns for freedom and equality, Africa and the world, and America from Hamilton to Trump.

In American Studies, you’ll explore in depth a diverse, multicultural country that’s rich in film and literature, and constantly in the spotlight. You’ll deepen your understanding of its culture from critical, theoretical and historical perspectives, exploring the part it plays in the world today.

Throughout your degree, the common link between the two disciplines will be the complementary skills of analysis and interpretation. As historians you will learn to analyse historical documents and debates among historians, while in American Studies you’ll also explore novels, short stories, poetry, films and television shows, as well as historical events.

The analytical skills that you will hone over the course of your studies will benefit you in the final year of History if you choose to write a dissertation. This extended piece of work will grow out of a topic that interests you. Previous students have been inspired by their year of study abroad, while others have worked on the history of jiu jitsu, women code breakers at Bletchley Park, the Notting Hill riots, and vice and sexuality in 17th-century London. You could also choose to blend your programme of study, writing your dissertation on an aspect of American history. 

Why choose this course?

We give you: 

  • An exceptional History team, conducting world-leading research (REF 2014),
  • Stimulating, innovative courses - our History students reported almost 94% overall satisfaction with their course (2018 National Student Survey)
  • A flexible programme of study, allowing you to concentrate on areas you find especially interesting and the scope to write a History dissertation on a topic about which you are passionate
  • The option to study abroad for a year in the USA or Canada, or for a semester in North Carolina
  • CV-building potential through work placements and extra-curricular activities

What job can I get?

Employability is central to everything we do. History offers you the possibility of a placement in a local museum, archive or heritage site in your second year, enabling you to gain valuable transferable skills. As well as working in the huge heritage industry, past students have gone on to careers in teaching, the law, civil service, librarianship, information management, retail management, marketing, the voluntary sector, publishing and the media.

Periodic review

This course is due to be renewed at a Periodic Review event which will be held in March 2019.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Review.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Periodic Review in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course

Course details

Teaching methods

Our history students benefit from being part of a diverse and active academic community. Our interactive seminars and workshops help you find your feet in the academic environment, and establish ways of working confidently, creatively and collaboratively. We see our students as fellow researchers, and we place a great deal of importance on sharing and developing skills. This teaching ethos is shared by our colleagues in American Studies.

As one of our students, you will have the opportunity to get involved in activities that will complement your studies. Not only do these enhance your experience, they also make for a more impressive CV. Our renowned staff-student Oral History team has taken students to Australia and produced a BBC Radio 4 documentary, which was commended at the 2018 Royal Historical Society Public History Awards. 

Study Abroad

Taking a year’s study abroad is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of the world. Living in another country opens up fresh perspectives and helps create global citizens. For our history students, immersing themselves in a host country enhances your learning, giving you a greater appreciation of other cultures and societies, and a deeper understanding of their everyday lives. Find out more about our Study abroad opportunities.

Students taking American Studies have the option of studying abroad for a year in the USA or Canada, or for a semester in North Carolina. It’s a life-changing experience that will bring your studies vividly to life and develop your understanding of the social, political and cultural contexts of the USA, from its earliest settlements to its dominance post-Cold War and beyond.

This course is due to be renewed at a Periodic Review event which will be held on March 2019.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Review.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Periodic Review in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Introduction to American Studies - 15 Credits
  • Belief and Disbelief: Faith, Magic and Medicine, 1500 - 1800 - 15 Credits
  • Making America: Studies in American Culture and Society - 15 Credits
  • American Voices: Introduction to US Literature and Culture - 15 Credits
  • The Fight for Rights: Freedom and Oppression, 1790s-1990s - 15 Credits
  • Leisure and Lifestyle: 20th Century American Music, Sport and Entertainment - 15 Credits
  • Historians' Toolkit - 15 Credits
  • Africa and the World, 1450-1850 - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Cashing In: Traders and Consumers, 1600 - 2001 - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Public History - 15 Credits
  • The Heritage Industry in Britain - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

72 - 168 UCAS points

IB – 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above. Find out more about international application requirements.

GCSE Maths grade 4 (D) and English Language grade 4 (C) or above.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)