Undergraduate courses

We provide an exciting approach to the study of the history, literature, politics and culture of the United States.

We offer both three-year and four-year degrees in American Studies, allowing you to complete your full degree in three years, or spend your third year abroad at an American University before returning to Leicester for your final year. You can also undertake a joint degree, allowing you to combine American Studies with English or History.

American Studies BA (with optional year abroad)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: T700
This is for you if... you are fascinated by the United States and want to learn more about its literature, history, visual culture and politics.

English and American Studies BA (with optional year abroad)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: QT37 
This is for you if... you want to study how the different history and cultures of two countries with a shared language have produced two fascinating literary canons, with the option of spending a year abroad at an American university.

History and American Studies BA (with optional year abroad)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: VT17 
This is for you if... you want to explore the history and politics of one of the most influential countries in the world, and examine American developments alongside wider global historical contexts.

Major/Minor degrees

One for the head. One for the heart. At Leicester, you can create a degree that’s built around you. You’ll study a core area in depth (Major), while also studying an additional area (Minor). This is your chance to pair up your Major with a subject that can boost your career prospects or simply explore something you’ve always been interested in – like a language. Find out more about Major/Minor degrees.

Minor in American History and Politics
3-4 years

Minor in American Literature and Culture
3-4 years

Spend a year abroad

With our four-year degrees, you have the opportunity to experience North America first-hand by spending your third year studying in the United States or Canada.

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Careers

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Introductory reading

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