University of Kent, Centre for American Studies

Introduction

Why choose us?

We asked our students why they would recommend choosing American Studies at Kent. Here are their top five reasons:

  1. The variety of modules to choose from, ranging from Literature, History, Politics, Film etc, and the seminars are relatively small in numbers
  2. The fact that it is a varied programme gives you a chance to meet many different American Studies Lecturers/staff, who are very helpful, approachable and looking out for our best interests…
  3. … and you learn to write essays in different styles, whether it be History, Literature or Politics.
  4. It’s great, too, to have a choice of programme pathways, including History, Literature Or Latin American pathways.
  5. And of course the choice of a year or semester abroad, with a huge variety of destinations is a perennial attraction.
  6. This is also quite a small centre, which allows lecturers/students to get to know one another.

Research-led, quality teaching

Many of the teachers in the Centre for American Studies have lived in the US and/or taught in American universities; all of us conduct regular research trips to the US, Canada, and Latin America. We have an international reputation for research, and received research assessment ratings of 2nd in the country for History and 18th in the country for English.

Areas of particular interest include ethnicity, the American West, the US Civil Rights Movement, modern American poetry; Native American literature, and environmental issues/history. We held the British Association for American Studies conference in 2006, Jamestown events over 2006-7, and host regular conferences and other events on topics as diverse as gun culture, Indigenous art, and 20th century poetry.

Fruitful social life

Around 30 students are admitted on the American Studies programme at Kent every year. Sharing core modules and attending a number of academic and social gatherings, students often forge very close bonds with each other over the course of the degree. Recent social activities organized by the American Studies Centre include cinema visits (Brokeback Mountain), thanksgiving meals, a photography competition and awards event (with prizes), and even paintball and laserquest (and yes, staff have been ‘shot’ on occasion).

A new American Studies student society was set up in 2007 that you are free to join on arrival at Kent.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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MA American Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This Masters provides an opportunity for students to deconstruct the American experience at an advanced level and work with scholars from a range of different disciplines. Building on the longstanding and successful undergraduate programme in American Studies at the University of Kent as well as a vibrant research community of Americanists working in History, English, Politics, Film, and Hispanic Studies, this Masters brings a fresh and dynamic approach to postgraduate study. [+]

This Masters provides an opportunity for students to deconstruct the American experience at an advanced level and work with scholars from a range of different disciplines. Building on the longstanding and successful undergraduate programme in American Studies at the University of Kent as well as a vibrant research community of Americanists working in History, English, Politics, Film, and Hispanic Studies, this Masters brings a fresh and dynamic approach to postgraduate study. One of the few of its kind in the UK to offer a transnational perspective, the programme interrogates, challenges and moves beyond the Exceptionalist rhetoric and nation-state ideology of traditional American Studies to consider the USA (and its neighbours) in an insightful, challenging and relevant way. Students will develop specialist knowledge and research skills in a range of disciplines as they navigate complex historical, cultural, geo-political, and environmental issues. A Masters in American Studies offers the chance to study the United States in a fresh way, as well as consider the Americas more broadly. This sophisticated awareness of the reach (and the limitations) of US hegemony, as well as issues of cultural collision, media penetration, region and identity give our graduates an intellectual grounding well-suited to many careers as well as a solid foundation for graduate work at MPhil or PhD level. Our interdisciplinary Masters can be studied on a full or a part-time basis. Students take 180 credits (over one or two years). Applicants should possess an upper second class honours degrees (2.1) in a relevant humanities or social science subject. All students take the core course ‘Transnational American Studies: Methods and Approaches’ (30 credits), a year-long module designed to introduce key modes of analysis in transnational and interdisciplinary study as well as consider different methodologies, themes and intellectual debates. Assessment for this course includes an extended essay, seminar presentation and a critical review of an academic research paper. Students select 90 credits from a range of optional modules, spread across at least two disciplines. Optional modules vary year to year. Below is a selection of recent modules on offer: American Cold War Propaganda Geiger Counter at Ground Zero: Explorations of Nuclear America From Wounded Knee to the Little Bighorn Casino The Vietnam War in American History American Literary Nationalism American Modernism Boundary Busting and Border Crossing Myth, Image, Fashion and Propaganda in the Cuban Revolutionary Era History and Memory American Foreign Policy The remaining 60 credits are made up with a Dissertation. Written over the summer term, this 12,000 word extended study allows students to work on their own research project based on primary research. Students will have the opportunity to present their ideas as part of workshop sessions on ‘researching’ American Studies’ in the core course, and will receive supervision from an academic specialist. [-]

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