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Undergraduate course

American Studies & History BA (Hons)

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Engage in interdisciplinary learning on our Joint Honours History and American Studies degree programme. You'll study an arrange of historical periods and cultural approaches which are related to the United States of America. We provide an excellent learning environment in the historic City of York, with a rich selection of museums, libraries and historical sites to complement and enhance your academic programme.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – VT17
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

We provide an excellent learning environment in the historic centre of the City of York, with a rich selection of museums, libraries and historical sites to complement and enhance your academic programme.

"The ‘History: Community and Culture’ module in second year involved lectures about industries relevant to my course and a work experience placement. For me, this was at the Yorkshire Film Archive, where I was able to put the analytical and research skills I had developed during my degree to practical use. York St John provides a lot of opportunities for voluntary work, work experience, and other activities and events that can really help you springboard into the right career."

Eloise Thompson - American Studies & History BA (Hons)

Course Structure

Level 1

American Foundations seeks to familiarise students with an introductory knowledge of American Studies by focussing on the key themes of the American experience, such as mission, freedom, the American Dream, the Melting Pot and multiculturalism, as well as using a range of contemporary sources such as Hollywood film.

Cinema and Society will introduce students to the analysis of film as historical evidence concerning cultural, social and political change in the USA as well as promote interdisciplinary skills relevant to American Studies

America’s Century examines how the international history of the 20th Century was marked by the rise to global pre-eminence of a single super-power, the United States of America. The aim of this module is to examine the dynamic interaction between the USA and the international community; and to interrogate the concept of the 20th Century as ‘America’s Century’. It is designed as an introduction to America’s global role and its impact upon the contemporary world.

The Making of Britain offers an introduction to British history from pre-Roman times to the present and examines the importance of national identities in the history of the British Isles.

War & Society examines war and its impact on society through case studies drawn from early modern Europe and the 20th century

Level 2

The Age of Anxiety: The USA, 1929-1960 is an interdisciplinary study of America under the impact of the depression, the Second World War, the Nuclear Age and the Cold War

From Slavery to Freedom examines the experience of black Americans during the era of slavery and in the years following its abolition

Plague, Piety and Power introduces students to the history of late medieval and early modern Europe, focusing on the themes of social, political, cultural and economic development during the period.

Level 3


Anglo-American Relations explores the changing relationship between Britain and America since the early 20th century.

The Nation Divided: The US Civil War looks at the era of the American Civil War, in relation to its history and its contemporary representation in film and culture.

The Great Society: America in the 1960s & 1970s - the pivotal decade of the 1960s, with reference to presidential power, popular protest and war.

Conflict on the East Asian Mainland: this module looks at the major conflicts on the East Asian mainland in the 20th century


Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Foundation Year

This course is available with a foundation year. This option is ideal if you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto a degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education. A foundation year prepares you for degree level study, giving you the confidence and skills needed to make the most of your course. Passing it guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

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