Welcome to American Studies at Hull

You've watched countless Hollywood films. You've listened to hundreds of American songs and music that was defined in America, from jazz through to rap. American artists, writers and scientists have won the Nobel Prize in every single category. The USA is the dominant economic power on the planet. Its annual military budget equals that of the rest of the world put together. And it is the world's most racially and culturally dynamic nation, absorbing new immigrants to the point where every American will soon be an ethnic minority. Why would you not study America?

Even if you don't like America, it cannot be ignored. American Studies is not about ‘loving' the USA, but it is about making sense of this incomparable country, its rich and rapid historical and cultural development, and the pervasive significance and power it has in a global context.

Studying America is exciting because its history changes dramatically, especially with the presidential elections that happen every four years. The largely unexpected victory of Donald Trump brings the American story to a new chapter, whose character will provide fascinating material for students to grapple with on our modules, in particular the forthcoming 'Contemporary America in Context', which examines topical events as they unfold.

 American Studies staff and students had much to say about  the election results. See here for  TV and radio interviews, recorded on 10th November 2016

American Studies is a dynamic subject that combines several strands of study into a richly varied programme that explores the culture, history, and society of this fascinating nation in depth. At Hull you will study classic subjects such as American history and  literature, alongside non-traditional areas such as popular culture, media, film, television, radio, art, photography, and so much more.

The University of Hull offers a range of options involving American Studies, from our  Single Honours degree with a full Year of study at one of over 30 campuses in the United States, to combined degrees such as English and American Literature and Culture or American Studies with a Modern Language.

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