English and American Studies BA, 3-4 years

Start date:

2018
2019

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.

Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
QT37
Department
English, American Studies

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Course description

Course description

Over the course of the English and American Studies BA you will discover the unique identities of English and American literature and how the cultures of each country have affected their literary heritage. English studies will begin in the Renaissance and advance your knowledge of the period's great drama, prose and poetry. Your English studies will continue through to modern day literature with stops along the way in the Victorian, Romantic and Modern periods. Your American Studies modules will introduce you to a history and literary tradition characterised by independence and growth.

The modules offer a sound education in each topic and complement each other with a stimulating mix of English and American literature and American history and film. The English courses give students a full history of English, from Shakespeare to the 21st century as well as an introduction to a variety of critical approaches. The American courses offer an exciting combination of American literature, film and history.

The breadth of the modules that we offer will take you in unexpected directions and allow you to focus on your own areas of interest - particularly in your third year when you will be able to choose from a vast range of option modules.

We understand the importance of experience for both academic and personal growth so our English and American Studies degree can be taken as a three-year programme or (subject to academic performance in your first and second years) as a four-year programme with a year abroad at one of our 35 partner universities in the USA and Canada.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2018

  • £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations.
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2018

  • £15,980 per year
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,995 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.

A travel scholarship of up to £400 is available in your second year to help you broaden your understanding of particular aspects of American Studies. Many students use the funding to enhance their dissertation research but it is not a compulsory part of your course.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

The University’s annual Festival of Careers is a four day event that attracts graduate employers from across a wide variety of sectors and industries. This is the perfect opportunity for you to think about where your degree will take you and gain face-to-face time with employers.

The growth of the global market means that many jobs in the public and private sectors have an international and often a transatlantic dimension. Employers are looking for independence, creativity, maturity and a broad cultural outlook, all of which are provided through the course.

Our final-year module 'English and Education' provides practical teaching experience with a placement in a local school. You can also gain direct experience in the publishing industry with the module 'Transcultural Writing and the Publishing Industry', also in your final year.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

Plus either

Or

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad (optional)

Year Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

English at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite.

We have links with the following universities: 

American Studies at Leicester also has links with some universities in the United States. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

Alabama

Arizona

California

Colorado

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Mississippi

Nebraska

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Texas

Utah

Virginia

We also have two partners in Canada

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year (English dissertation)

Final Year (English dissertation)

If you choose an English Dissertation, you will choose two English modules and four American Studies modules from these two lists.

  • If you choose both English modules from List A ...
    ... you should choose four American Studies modules from List B.
  • If you choose one English module from List A and one from List B ...
    ... you should choose one American Studies module from List A and three American Studies module from List B.
  • If you choose both English modules from List B ...
    ... you should choose two American Studies modules from List A and two American Studies module from List B.

List A

English modules

American Studies modules

List B

English modules

American Studies modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year (American Studies dissertation)

Final Year (American Studies dissertation)

If you choose an American Studies Dissertation, you will choose one American Studies module and four English modules.

Choose one American Studies module from:

Then choose one English module from:

Then choose three English modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Literary Leicester, our annual festival of local and international talent, has attracted such notable authors as Sue Townsend, Carol Anne Duffy, Will Self, Amitav Ghosh, Jacqueline Wilson and Sarah Waters.

Our employability modules give you experience in areas such as teaching and publishing.

Our student drama society LUTheatre presents a programme of new and classic works every year. New writers can see their work performed at the popular Proteus nights.

Our teaching methods mean you will be taught in small seminar groups of about 12, an ideal size for detailed discussion of texts.

English at Leicester

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Teaching and learning

Teaching

For each module you will typically have one or two lectures and a seminar each week. Alongside these events will be a number of additional sessions, such as workshops on research and study skills, learning groups, introduced film screenings, and scheduled personal tutor meetings. Lectures are designed to introduce you to important background information for understanding a text, theme, or author. Weekly seminars, in which a tutor leads a small group of students in discussion, will allow you to explore a text or topic in greater depth, developing your own responses in active conversation with your tutor and peers.

For your third-year dissertation you receive one-to-one tuition across the term from a tutor with expertise in your chosen subject.

Assessment

You will be assessed by range of different methods, in order to reflect the number of different skills you will acquire. You will be assigned a combination of essays, group-work projects, oral presentations, reviews, portfolios, and exams. These assessments are designed to help you build confidence in a range of areas and to provide prospective employers with evidence that you can work effectively both as an independent researcher and as a team member. Your final degree result will be based on the work you do in the second and third years of your degree.

You will have regular meetings with your Personal Tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your Personal Tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Major/Minor degrees

Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject). Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

More about Major/Minor degrees

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