American Studies

Course Introduction

**Richmond University is the only US & UK three year liberal arts degree in the world. Through this programme, students get all of the advantages of a liberal arts education in just three years.** This ‘Degree in Three’ will provide a comprehensive collection of courses that will provide students with a cross-disciplinary education. Students will have five classes each semester with one extra elective course in either their second or third year. Students will also still be able to undertake an internship or participate in a study abroad programme as part of this programme. All degrees fulfil the same credit hours and overall requirements of a four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree. This is a fantastic return on investment for those who strive to assemble a broad foundation of knowledge in multiple disciplines that can be used in a wide spectrum of careers.

**If you are fascinated by the United States of America and want to learn more about its culture, history, and politics, explore our BA in American Studies.**

As the only American University in the UK, Richmond has an authenticity which few can match when it comes to American Studies. Our programme, which is based on the American liberal arts system of learning, aims to develop an understanding of the United States of America from an international perspective.

The programme enables students to take courses in American history, politics and foreign policy, as well as on Latin America and the Caribbean, alongside courses on US film and television, pop culture (including music and art), and contemporary cultural issues in the USA. Students on this programme will also share courses with students majoring in International Relations, Political Science, International History, Communications, Film Studies, Journalism and other disciplines.

Step outside the classroom and explore a different side of America through visits to The American Museum and Gardens in Bath, the Benjamin Franklin House in London and the British Museum. With all of London’s museums, art galleries and theatres on the doorstep, there are many ways to discover different aspects of America.

You will also have the opportunity to benefit from the numerous exchange possibilities with universities and colleges in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

**Top 5 reasons to study this programme:**

- Develop a broad understanding of American Studies, touching on areas such as International Relations, Political Science, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Communications and Art & Design

- Opportunity to study alongside American and international students creates lively discussions and brings American Studies alive

- Build expertise in the changing relationships between North America and South America

- Specialise in specific aspects of politics, history, and culture in the Americas, including US politics and foreign policy, the ‘Pink Tide’ in Latin America, and the study of film, music, theatre, art and design

- Study abroad in the USA, Canada or Latin America through Richmond’s partner programmes

**Career Paths**

Embassy of the Dominican Republic, European Commission, Moody’s Investors Service, PwC, US Department of Homeland Security, AXA Rosenberg, Deutsche Bank, Mercedes-Benz, The Albert Baker Funs, BB, Bloomberg L.P., EMI Music, 19 Entertainment, Walt Disney Entertainment

Course Modules

The required courses in the major provide a thorough grounding in American culture, history, politics, cultural theory and research methodology. Optional courses allow students to develop and refine their own interests culminating in an extended independent research project. If students desire, there are opportunities for a junior year semester abroad in the USA, Canada or Argentina, though this is not required for the degree. Senior year students achieving the required GPA are encouraged to participate in the University’s Internship Programme for the course.

Year One Core Modules: Foundations of Sociology, Comparative Political Systems, Intro to Visual Culture, Research & Writing I, Creative Expression, Foundations of American Studies, Versailles to Vietnam, Film in the Americas, Research & Writing II, Quantitative Reasoning.

Year Two Core Modules: When Worlds Collide, Introduction to International Relations, Scientific Reasoning, Cultural Theory, Politics in the USA, Power in the Americas, American Television Drama, Social Research, Mainstream Cinema, US Grand Strategy

Year Three Core Modules: Senior Seminar I, Contemporary America Culture, History Since 1972, Senior Seminar II, The American Presidency, Pop to Present

Elective modules available all years except Year 1.

Start Date


Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £14,750 Overseas Fees