Why American Studies at Hull?
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The calibre of teaching here is first-rate.
The people who teach our programmes have distinguished national
and international reputations for both teaching and research, with
the whole subject group officially graded “excellent” for the
quality of teaching it provides. Like the University of Hull in
general, American Studies is also rated as one of the friendliest
school in the country, on a scale intimate enough to generate a
vibrant dialogue between students and lecturers.
We have consistently held one of the highest rankings in the
National Student Survey, rating 100% for overall satisfaction for
our Single Honours programme in 2016 , and being the highest
ranked American Studies subject group for “satisfaction with
teaching” every year since 2010.
A full year of study in the United States.
American Studies at Hull has a long-established programme,
placing students for a full year of study in the United States.
With over 30 different US campuses to choose from, ranging
from the universities of California, New York and Maine to campuses
in Arizona, Florida and Illinois, our exchanges offer all students
on the Four Year programme an enormous range of study options.
Hull pioneered American Studies in Britain.
Having celebrated over 50 years in 2013-14, American
Studies at Hull has the virtue of being so well-established as to
have one of the finest collections of American resources in any
British university. However, we aim to provide an innovative,
up-to-date programme that channels our expertise towards engaging
with an ever-changing America. And as you will see, we are
constantly updating our teaching, with new modules in film, media,
race, history and literature introduced every year.
A New Curriculum with 'Big Ideas'
We are constantly finding ways to refine our programme and from
2016 are starting the process of rolling out a refreshed
curriculum, with new modules at all levels of the degree. These
developments correspond with our philosophy of looking at
America according to four 'big ideas':
Exceptionalism: The story of
the United States, in its rich and rapid historical and cultural
development, is unique from the history of other nations. The
American experience, born out of the first modern democratic
revolution and expanded and developed into a global superpower,
make it exceptionally worthy of study.
Superpower: America remains the
world's only superpower. American power not only affects
our own geopolitical reality, but our culture, our institutions,
our customs and our society. Whether studying US foreign
policy, American history or American culture on our broad and
interdisciplinary programme, students will come to comprehend the
extent and nature of American power in its many forms.
American Studies develops intellectual flexibility by providing a
multidimensional programme that transcends the constraints of
regular disciplines. Intellectual flexibility is fostered by
creative adaptation of a wide variety of disciplinary approaches
and methods to fit subject and source materials that are both
traditional and alternative.
Students will learn and live in both the UK and the USA to seek an
understanding of American identity in its local, regional and
global contexts. Direct exposure to America during the year
abroad embeds the concept of global citizenship in American Studies
students, fostering cross-cultural and international perspectives
and encouraging qualities of independence and autonomy. The
exceptional diversity of the United States encourages understanding
and critical awareness of multiculturalism both within and across
societies, enabling students to better understand their own place
within an increasingly globalized or, perhaps, Americanized