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The major and minor in American Studies provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of United States culture, considered in relation to the Americas and in the context of global languages, cultures, and creative industries represented in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (SMLC).  Students gain admittance to the programme by taking AMER1050. Foundations of American Studies, I: The origins of the nation (6 credits).  Normally students should take this course in their first or second years, although they may take it at any time in order to complete the requirements for the major. There are three more courses required for a major (AMER2021, AMER2050, AMER3050). For a minor, there are only two more required courses (AMER2050, AMER3050). The remaining credits that are required to fulfill the total number of credits of a major or minor will be taken from electives offered (listed below) in the American Studies Programme and in collaborating departments across the Faculty of Arts.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who have completed a BA programme in American Studies should be able to:

• Independently pursue critical studies and intellectual inquiry in the subject of American Studies
• Research, analyse and think critically through the study of the United States
• Engage independently with facts from the field of American Studies and produce creative interpretations
• Address problems related to American culture, society, history, and politics critically and creatively
• Familiarise themselves with cross-cultural issues and topics
• Demonstrate a broad historical and cultural understanding of the United States internally as well as in its relation to the world
• Demonstrate a multicultural perspective and greater sensitivity to past and present cultural differences
• Communicate their ideas clearly and effectively
• Demonstrate skills of argument, debate and oral and written presentation
• Demonstrate a humanistic vision of the disparate elements of the American geography, history, culture, literature, art, business and science

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