History and American Studies

BA, 3-4 years

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.

Course Description

The BA in History and American Studies brings together two popular and exciting subjects. You will chart the history of America since its beginnings as an independent state all the way through to the modern day. Along the way, you will study the people, ideas and events that have shaped the nation. Political, cultural and economic factors will all be discussed and you will learn how all of these contribute to the shaping of one of the most influential countries in the world.

You can pursue modules in American history, politics, and culture whilst also studying aspects of British, European and global history. This degree allows you to study American politics and culture in ways that will complement and extend your understanding of both American and world history.

You will also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in American culture by spending a year studying abroad at one of our partner institution in the USA. You also have the option of spending a year in Europe.

Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
VT17
Start date
September 2017
Department
American Studies, History
Contact

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
ahladmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2587
history.admissions@le.ac.uk

School of History website

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Why Leicester?

Our staff teach and research across a wide range of topics - from medieval to modern periods and across all the continents. This is reflected in the diversity and breadth of modules that you can study.

Our New History Lab brings together staff and students every fortnight to discuss history over tea and cake. Guest speakers have included newsreader Julie Etchingham and historian Melvyn Bragg.

Our Centre for American Studies Congress to Campus events and Annual Lecture series invites distinguished speakers to deliver talks relevant to the course. Previous speakers include former Congress members Mary Bono and Brian Baird and Professors Hugh Wilford, Brenda Gayle Plummer, and Jacqueline Foertsch.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will develop a strong foundation for the rest of your degree by taking core modules on American, European and global history, US Politics and the Shock of the Modern. You will begin to understand what it is to be a professional historian whilst gaining an overview of the milestones of American history.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option 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.

Year 2

Year 2

Your second year allows you to develop your knowledge of America's development by taking a closer look at the people, communities and wider world relationships that have contributed to its evolution. You will also develop your critical analysis skills so that you can understand and interpret the past in the core module Perceiving the Past.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose three option 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.

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.You will be expected to produce a photographic essay of your time abroad.

The School of History has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you attend one of these, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. 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:

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. There is no monthly grant when you attend one of these universities, however 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 have two partners in Canada

We also have partners in Australia

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

Final Year

Your third year will afford you even more freedom to direct the course of your degree. The only compulsory module is a dissertation which you can write on a subject of your choice from either History or American Studies. If you wish to apply to study for a year abroad then your dissertation must be supervised by a member of staff in American Studies.

Core module

  • Dissertation

Option modules

Choose four option 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.

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.

Find out more

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught by a variety of methods, ranging from large lectures to seminars to individual tutorials. Lectures are used to provide historical narrative and to raise key questions and areas of debate. Seminars are where you share your opinion about those debates and put forward your interpretation of the topic.

Assessment is through exams and coursework (both long and short essays), source analyses, group projects and presentations. Approximately two thirds of your final degree mark will be based on your coursework; one third on your exams.

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.

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB at A-Level. We prefer A-Level History, though this is not essential. Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB at A-Level + EPQ at grade B. We prefer A-Level History, though this is not essential. Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at level 3 including some at distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including grade 6 in one Higher Level subject.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM. Please contact department regarding eligibility.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2017

    An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18.

    After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations.

    (*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)

    • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

     

  • Starting in 2017

    • £15,290 per year

    Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,822.50 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.

Career Opportunities

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.

The 'History in the Classroom' module includes practical teaching experience by incorporating a placement in a local school.

Careers

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.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
History and American Studies BA 3 years full-time VT17 Apply Now
History and American Studies with Year Abroad BA 4 years full-time VT17 Apply Now
Course
History and American Studies
Qualification
BA
Duration
3 years full-time
UCAS Code
VT17
Availability
Course
History and American Studies with Year Abroad
Qualification
BA
Duration
4 years full-time
UCAS Code
VT17
Availability