American Studies

BA (Hons)

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What you'll study

* All modules are subject to availability

BA (Hons) with Foundation Year

The foundation year has been designed to prepare you for entry on to the degree. You'll study the following modules

  • Communication in a Global Context
  • Research Project in the Humanities
  • English Language for Academic Purposes 1
  • English Language for Academic Purposes 2
  • Academic Study Skills
  • Introduction to Study in the Humanities 

BA (Hons) with a Year Abroad

American Studies at Hull has the largest exchange programme in the UK. You can spend a full year of study in the US, with 45 campuses to choose from – ranging from California, New York and Maine to Arizona, Florida and Illinois.

You study six modules determined by the choices available at your host university, with no restrictions on subject matter, and write a reflective research report on your experiences.

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £13,500

Foundation Year:

Home/EU students: £6,165

Overseas: £9,000

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

Teaching and Assessment

Typical breakdown of teaching time - based on a core of 1,200 hours per year

Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning
YearScheduledPlacementIndependent Study
FY  24%  0%  76%
Y1  18%  0%  82%
Y2  19%  0%  81%
Study abroad  0%  83%  17%
Final  18%  0%  82%
FY  0%  0%  100%
Y1  18%  8%  74%
Y2  16%  0%  84%
Study abroad  0%  83%  100%
Final  8%  0%  92%

About the 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.


BA (Hons)

5 years


BA (Hons)

4 years

Entry requirements

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • The foundation year is designed for applicants whose qualifications and experience do not allow direct entry to the undergraduate degree.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • For applicants with A levels in subjects other than those key to the degree, we will usually require a minimum of 80 points from Level 3 qualifications.

International students

(language requirements)

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 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.

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.