BA American History with Politics

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The two principal components of this four-year degree course are American History and Politics. The foundation year includes introductory courses in American history, American politics, and social and political theory. Combining depth with breadth of study, this course provides rich opportunities for progressively more specialised and advanced work.

Course Structure

During your first year you will take six modules in: American history x 2; contemporary politics; social and political theory; American studies; and an introductory module that will equip you with the general intellectual and analytical skills necessary for this course.

In the second year, three of your six modules will be in Ame…

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The two principal components of this four-year degree course are American History and Politics. The foundation year includes introductory courses in American history, American politics, and social and political theory. Combining depth with breadth of study, this course provides rich opportunities for progressively more specialised and advanced work.

Course Structure

During your first year you will take six modules in: American history x 2; contemporary politics; social and political theory; American studies; and an introductory module that will equip you with the general intellectual and analytical skills necessary for this course.

In the second year, three of your six modules will be in American history two in politics, and one will be a free choice from the UEA catalogue. Examples of American history modules you might choose are: American and Vietnam; Native Americans; Civil Rights and Black Liberation; Contemporary US Foreign Policy and International Affairs. Examples of politics modules are: Politics in the USA; Politics and Mass Media; EU’s Future as an International Actor; Terrorism; Topics in British Politics; Russian Politics.

Your third year is spent in the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

Your final year includes: the writing of a research based dissertation; a two-semester documents-based special subject in American History (focusing, for example, on American Slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, Native American history, or the Cold War); a fourth module chosen from a wide range of topics in either politics or history.

Assessment

Key skills, issues and ideas are introduced in lectures given by all members of faculty. These are accompanied by more specialist study, undertaken in small seminar groups. You will also spend time studying and researching in the library. You will be assessed at the end of each semester on the basis of coursework, and at the end of each year by examination. In your final year, you will write a dissertation on a topic of your choice and with the advice of tutors. There is no final examination. Your final degree result is determined by the marks you receive in years two and four.


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Entry Requirements Qualification: BA (Hons) A Level: AAB-ABB including B in History International Baccalaureate: 33-32 points including 5 in History Scottish Highers: At least one Advanced Higher preferred in addition to Highers Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB-ABB including Grade B in History Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAABB-AABBBB Access Course: Please contact the university for further information HND: Please contact the university for further information European Baccalaureate: 80-75% including History Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing with no less than 5.5 in any component)
  • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 88 overall (minimum 20 in Reading and Speaking components, 19 in Writing component and 17 in Listening components.
  • PTE: 62 overall (minimum 55 in Reading and Writing components with no less than 51 in any component).

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Students will have the opportunity to meet with an academic on a Visit Day in order to gain a deeper insight into the course(s) you have applied for.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.

Deferred Entry
We also welcome applications for deferred entry, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

Students must have an A Level History at Grade B or above (or equivalent qualification).

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact university directly for further information.

GCSE Offer

Students are required have Mathematics and English at Grade C or above at GCSE Level.

Assessment

For the majority of candidates the most important factors in assessing the application will be past and future achievement in examinations, academic interest in the subject being applied for, personal interest and extra-curricular activities and the confidential reference. We consider applicants as individuals and accept students from a very wide range of educational backgrounds and spend time considering your application in order to reach an informed decision relating to your application. Typical offers are indicated above. Please note, there may be additional subject entry requirements specific to individual degree courses.

First Class Teaching

The School of American Studies prides itself on achieving the highest standards of teaching, as well as offering first rate provision of course information, grading, and feedback to students on their work. Our teaching is monitored internally by a comprehensive programme of reporting by the students themselves, and by annual review of these reports. All external audits of teaching quality in the last ten years have rated us as "Excellent".

Choice

Modules taught in the School range across American culture, literature, history, politics and film. This means that in your second and final years you shape your own degree, by choosing from over fifty lecture or seminar modules on topics as diverse as the cultural history of American music, US foreign policy, visual culture, African American and Native American history and culture, drama, poetry, the classic novels of the nineteenth century, and much more besides.

Academic Support

To help you shape your degree and chose your modules you will have an Academic Adviser who is a member of faculty within the School, and who stays with you throughout your time at UEA.

Friendly Community

The School of American Studies provides an academic and social ‘home’ for students and teaching staff. Offices are located close together, and all teaching staff hold regular ‘open door’ Office Hours. Students can join the UEA American Studies Society, which organises social events, and use the society’s Facebook page to stay in contact with their friends even when abroad.

Lively Academic Environment

Here at UEA we are engaged in cutting-edge interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research that seeks to break new ground in the field of American Studies. As committed university teachers, we translate that work into an exciting and constantly evolving range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Why not take a tour of our website and find out what we are researching and teaching in the School of American Studies?

Unrivalled Year Abroad Programme

We offer every one of our undergraduate students enrolled on a four year degree programme the opportunity to study abroad at one of forty American universities located across the country, from New England to California, Alaska to Louisiana. We also have placements in Canada, and some of our students may elect to spend the first half of their year abroad in the USA or Canada and the second half in Australia.

Half Year's Fee

Our students pay only half a year’s UK fees for their entire academic year spent overseas. This means that you pay the equivalent of only 3 ½ years’ worth of fees for your four years of study.

Great Sources of Financial Support

American Studies students will be eligible for University bursaries (as outlined in the University's general information). In addition, however, we offer half of our first years £1000 Arthur Miller Scholarships to those scoring top marks in their A level exams, to help finance their year abroad. This is awarded only to students in the school who will be going abroad and is paid out at the end of the second year.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates find work in a very wide range of occupations, from research to publishing, and from teaching to banking. The extra skills and confidence gained from Study Abroad gives American Studies graduates an advantage in the job market.

Internationally renowned Literary Festival

Each year, UEA brings major writers from the USA and around the world to its International Literary Festival, open to the public and – of course – our students, too. Visitors have included Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, Elmore Leonard, Gore Vidal, Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen and Margaret Atwood.

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In each year, the School of American Studies offers up to 25% of its students on a Year Abroad, a £1000 Arthur Miller Scholarship. Those students scoring top marks in their A level exams will be considered for one of these awards.

University Fees and Financial Support: UK/EU Students

Further information on fees and funding for 2012 can be found here

University Fees and Financial Support: International Students


The University will be charging International students £11,700.00 for all full time School of American Studies undergraduate programmes which start in 2012.

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