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
The USA. Love it or not, few countries have had such a profound global impact on culture, history, politics, technology and most aspects of modern life. You’ll take a sweeping look at the ideas, events and figures that have defined America, as well as pursue the topics that fascinate you most.

English and American Studies BA (with optional year abroad)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: QT37 
Two literary identities. One shared language. From Renaissance drama to contemporary American classics, you’ll look at how the cultures of both countries have produced equally fascinating canons.

History and American Studies BA (with optional year abroad)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: VT17 
Since declaring freedom in 1776, the USA has gone on to become one of the most influential countries in the world. You’ll look at how this came to be by studying the ideas, people and events that shaped the nation.

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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