American History with Politics

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 10.6 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14.4 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2025
200 place StudyQA ranking:5325 Duration:48 months

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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; EUs 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.


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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • EUR 10560 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 14430 Year (Non-EEA)

Home/EU £9,000; International £12,300

Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 240 ECTS
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Year 1

In the first year you take foundational classes, including two semester-long modules which introduce you to the major events in American history from first contact and the colonial period to the present Containing Multitudes parts I and II. Your introductory classes also include the foundation course Reading Cultures which focuses, in part I, on American Icons and, in part II, Ideas and Ideologies to deepen your understanding of the United States and, at the same time, to focus on the critical and writing skills essential for success at university. Students on this course also study two foundational modules in politics on social and political theory and on contemporary politics.

Year 2

In the second year, the wide range of options in American history offers the opportunity to explore subjects which could let you explore familiar events in new depth or take you in exciting new directions. You could study, for example: Native American history, the Civil Rights movement, gender and sexuality in the early American republic, the history of New York City, the history of American dissent in the 20th century, or US society during the years of The Dawn of the American Century and its ascent to global power. There are also interdisciplinary options that enable you to approach themes in American culture and history from new perspectives. These could include, for example: American Masculinities, Borderlands of the American Southwest, American Music, Looking at Pictures: Photography and Visual Culture in the USA, American Material Culture, or about the US environment. You will also choose from a range of politics options, which might cover such topics as: democratic theory, terrorism, power and society, middle-east politics, the global economy or politics and the media.

Year 3

Students spend their third year studying at an American or Canadian university, and also in Australia, New Zealand, or Hong Kong should they choose. For further information please see page 4.

Year 4

In your final year, you will write a research dissertation on a topic of your choice, inspired by your year abroad, and under the guidance of your UEA supervisor after your return. At the heart of the final year there is also a two-semester documents-based special subject which could include options such as American slavery or the politics and culture of the 1960s, Native American history or, the Cold War, or which might focus in on the cultural history of animals in America. You can also choose a class from a wide range of advanced history and interdisciplinary modules about, for example, the years of the Great Society (America during the Presidencies of Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon), the history of the CIA, the history of immigration and migration, or you might choose topics covering culture and crisis in the twenty-first century, youth, gender in American culture, violence in the United States, or more besides. Politics options allow you to delve deeply into some of the defining issues of our times, including such topics as: the American relationship with Asia, media discourse, political communication, multiculturalism, political economy and global capitalism, politics and the environment, and much else.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test : 88

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  • 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.


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).


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.


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.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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