History and American Studies BA, 3-4 years

Start date:

2019

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.

Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
VT17
Department
American Studies, History

Admissions enquiries
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School of History website

Course description

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.

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Entry requirements

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.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant Diploma with 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including a minimum of 16 points at Higher Level with 6 in one Higher Level subject.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM.

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

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

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

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2019

  • £16,700 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,175, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee
  • Year in Industry: £2,505, which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee

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.

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

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

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

Core Modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Then choose one option module 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 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. 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:

Korea and Japan are other possible destinations.

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 (History dissertation)

Final Year (History dissertation)

Core module

Option modules

Choose one Special Subject module from:

  • The French Revolution, 1789-1804
  • Ideals of Womanhood in Nineteenth Century America
  • From Gin Lane to Westminster: Culture, Politics and Society in 18th Century Britain
  • The British Anti-Slavery Movement 1787-1833
  • Israel/Palestine: The Story of a Land 1882 to the present 
  • The Presidency of Franklin D Roosevelt
  • The Cause: Women's Suffrage Movement in Britain c.1897-1918
  • Genocides and Mass Violence in Europe and its Colonies in the 20th Century
  • Church, State and Belief in Soviet Russia, 1941-1991
  • After Hitler: Culture and the Politics of the Nazi Past in the Two Germanies, 1945-1990
  • Poverty and Welfare in Britain 1597 to the Present
  • Beauty, Sex and Science: Whose Body is it Anyway? C. 1551-2015

Then choose one option module from:

Finally choose one option module 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.

Final Year (American Studies dissertation)

Final Year (American Studies dissertation)

Core module

Option modules

Choose one Special Subject module from:

  • The French Revolution, 1789-1804
  • Ideals of Womanhood in Nineteenth Century America
  • From Gin Lane to Westminster: Culture, Politics and Society in 18th Century Britain
  • The British Anti-Slavery Movement 1787-1833
  • Israel/Palestine: The Story of a Land 1882 to the present 
  • The Presidency of Franklin D Roosevelt
  • The Cause: Women's Suffrage Movement in Britain c.1897-1918
  • Genocides and Mass Violence in Europe and its Colonies in the 20th Century
  • Church, State and Belief in Soviet Russia, 1941-1991
  • After Hitler: Culture and the Politics of the Nazi Past in the Two Germanies, 1945-1990
  • Poverty and Welfare in Britain 1597 to the Present
  • Beauty, Sex and Science: Whose Body is it Anyway? C. 1551-2015

Then choose one option module from:

Finally choose one option module 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?

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.

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 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.

History at Leicester

Researching in the Library, Jaipreet found the ‘Special Collections’ particularly valuable.

Teaching and learning

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.

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