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An alternative option to our Single Honours degree is to study
American Studies in conjunction with another academic discipline.
Students on Combined Degree programmes simply take half of
their modules in American Studies and half in the other subject.
The following options are available for 2017 applicants.
English and American Literature and Culture
The literature of the British Isles is commonly regarded as the
richest in world culture. However, by 1900 the USA had the larger
economy, was a major force in Anglophone literature (its Nobel
Prize winners include John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Saul Bellow
and Toni Morrison) and was the powerhouse for newer art forms like
jazz, cinema and television. Joint students are able to combine
analysis of the historical richness of English literature with an
understanding of the centrality of the USA to the concept of
modernity. The compatibility of the two disciplines is suggested by
the fact that many great ‘British' writers were American by birth
(Henry James, T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath) and, conversely, many
British-born authors became naturalized American citizens (Raymond
Chandler, W.H. Auden, Paul Muldoon).
American Studies with a Modern Language
From immigration to foreign policy, American Studies involves
many transnational themes, and so studying American history,
culture, and society with a modern language provides an exciting
alternative to the Single Honours programme. Learn a second
language while studying the world’s only superpower on this
fascinating course, which includes a full year abroad at one of
40-plus US university campuses – the widest choice available to UK
students. Many universities offer just one semester in the US, but
our students go for a year to fully immerse themselves in American
For Clearing students applying for 2016 entry, see here
for information about Joint Honours programmes.