Centre for American Studies

Undergraduate study

BA (Hons) American studies at Kent

The Centre for American Studies at Kent was founded in 1973. We have a long-standing and very successful four year degree programme with a full year spent at a US University. This degree package features three pathway options. You can specialize in either American History, American Literature or Latin American Studies during your four years of study, the benefit being that you graduate with a specific discipline to your name. We also offer a three year programme. This features an optional (but not compulsory) semester at a US University during your final year, free choice from a range of American-based modules provided across the university, including a Latin American Spanish language element. For further details:


BA (Hons) American Studies 3 Year Programme at Kent

Entry Requirements:

Offer levels

ABB at A level, IB Diploma 33 points or IB Diploma with 16 points at Higher inc 5/6/6 in HL English A1/A2/B for T700 and 5 in HL History or 6 in SL History for T701.

In addition:

  • A lively interest in various aspects of the United States
  • A willingness to explore new areas of study, to extend and deepen your knowledge of history, culture, politics, art, sociology and drama (when applied to the USA)
  • A readiness to develop new study skills, especially in the use of information and communication technology

Assessment:

Primarily through essays, dissertations, class presentations, examinations, and interdisciplinary work.

UCAS code: T702

A BA (Hons) in American Studies (3 Year) was introduced at Kent in 2007 (the Centre for American Studies dates back to 1973). 
There are a number of ideas behind this degree: (1) it allows you to complete an American Studies degree in 3 rather than the conventional 4 years (2) it allows you to spend a term/semester at an American university, if desired, in your third and final year (or you can remain for all three years at Kent) (3) rather than being linked to one department/area of study (eg History), this degree gives you, the student, a wide range of choice over what modules to take over your three years. With modules available in Hispanic Studies, Sociology, Drama, History, English, Politics, Film and Art,  YOU can make the degree what you want (see a sample of options below).

The degree is available only as a full-time programme, and involves three years’ study at the University of Kent, with an option on one semester spent at a US institution. 

This well-established exchange programme features a range of institutions, including: the Universities of California (various campuses), Massachusetts, Indiana, Purdue, South Carolina, SUNY-Buffalo, Lehigh, Mount Holyoke College and several others. 

Study at the University of Kent is organised in 2 x 12-week terms (Periods 1 & 2), and a final six week term used for examining (30 weeks in total).  A typical week involves a number of seminars, lectures and often film showings.

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BA (Hons) American Studies 4 Year Programme at Kent

Entry Requirements:

Offer levels

ABB at A level, IB Diploma 33 points or IB Diploma with 16 points at Higher inc 5/6/6 in HL English A1/A2/B for T700 and 5 in HL History or 6 in SL History for T701.

Required subjects

History (T701): A level History grade B. Literature (T700): A level English Literature or English Language and Literature grade B.

In Addition:

  • A lively interest in various aspects of the United States
  • A willingness to explore new areas of study, to extend and deepen your knowledge of history, culture, politics, art, sociology and drama (when applied to the USA)
  • A readiness to develop new study skills, especially in the use of information and communication technology

Assessment:

Primarily through essays, dissertations, class presentations, examinations, and interdisciplinary work.

UCAS codes: T700 Literature, T701 History, T703 Latin America

The University of Kent has a long-established American Studies programme and helped to pioneer one of the distinctive features of such programmes, namely a year abroad. 

With T700 American Studies (Literature), T701 American Studies (History) and T703 (Latin America), you are expected to spend your third year at an American university. We have an excellent relationship with a number of US and Canadian institutions, ranging from University of Buffalo in New York State in the East to the University of California on the far West Coast– please see our year abroad page for details.

All four-year degrees allow you, the student, to specialize in one discipline of American Studies.  While you will also take modules in other disciplines (for example, politics and film), the primary focus for the four years of study will be in your chosen specialism.  This allows you to delve deeper into the workings of great American literature, or ponder the historic rise of the United States to superpower status.  You also exit the degree programme as both a historian and an Americanist, or an English scholar and Americanist.  

The degrees are available only as full-time programmes, and involve four years of study at the University of Kent, with a compulsory third year at a US/Latin American institution.

Study at the University of Kent is organised in 2 x 12-week terms (Periods 1 & 2), and a final six week term used for examining (30 weeks in total).  A typical week involves a number of seminars, lectures and often film showings.

T700 American Studies (Literature)

Year One:

Year Two:

Year Three:

USA

Year Four:

T701 American Studies (History)

Year One:

Year Two:

Year Three:

USA

Year Four:

T703 American Studies (Latin American)

Year One:

Year Two:

Year Three:

USA/Latin America

Year Four:

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Below is the list of core modules that American Studies students are required to take:

As American Studies is an interdisciplinary degree, modules are also taken from other disciplines. Please refer to the

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For further information regarding scholarships please visit the undergraduate scholarships and loans website

Undergraduate "Study Abroad" Scholarship

The University of Kent is proud of the extensive opportunities we offer to allow students to study abroad as part of their undergraduate degree.

This scholarship competition is open to all UK and EU full-time undergraduate students starting their courses in the new academic year.

The scholarship is for £2,000 which is available only during the approved year abroad.

For further information please visit the undergraduate study abroad scholarships page

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We know that you will have worked exceptionally hard to achieve the qualifications needed to secure your place at Kent and we have created a new scholarship, the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, in recognition of this effort.

For further information please visit the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence page

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Last Updated: 20/07/2017