What will I learn?

If you enjoy history, politics, international relations, literature, and film, and are looking to gain a wide set of skills, I would highly recommend this course.


America is distinct among modern countries because of the stories it tells about itself; as the land of the free, and as a site of endless possibilities.

A degree in American Studies asks you to uncover the stories that are not being told and to interrogate the world’s superpower using a variety of disciplinary approaches.

Our academics are leading researchers in American Cinema, History, Literature, and Politics and we bring our expert knowledge to bear in challenging and rewarding classes.

Why study American Studies?

American Studies is a fascinating subject because the United States is one of the most diverse places in the world, with a rich history, a vibrant political culture, world changing literature and film, and global influence. In this programme – which encompasses BA American Studies Single Honours and BA American Studies Combined Honours – you will learn about the history, culture, and politics of the United States.

The degree is both multidisciplinary (drawing on more than one academic discipline to understand the US) and interdisciplinary (using these various disciplines together to enhance this understanding). The disciplines you will encounter are history (social, cultural, racial, and foreign policy), literature and cultural studies (including art history, cinema, and media studies), and politics. You will also take modules that are specifically designed to draw on all of these strands. This broad ranging degree is taught by a team of highly-qualified academics, working on the main campus at the heart of the historic city of Canterbury, where we provide high-quality teaching within a friendly and supportive learning environment.

Your future career

Employers are looking for a variety of skills and attributes from graduates such as versatility, critical thinking and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. All of these are developed in our American Studies course. Recent graduates have gone on to further study, and employment in social work, the media, tourism, management, and teaching, but there are few limits to what you can do with an American Studies degree. If you are considering a career in primary or secondary teaching, you may wish to combine American Studies with a subject taught in schools such as History or English. We also offer tailor-made workshops on employability and graduate skills as part of your degree.

Which department am I in?

School of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
£14,500.00 (US$ 19,950) per year
This is a provisional fee yet to be approved
Start date

September 2022


Main Site

North Holmes Road,



CT1 1QU, England

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.