Combined Degrees

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 culture.

For Clearing students applying for 2016 entry, see here for information about Joint Honours programmes.

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