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University of Derby

American Studies (Joint Honours)

UCAS Code: J1AM

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) or Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BA/BSc (H)

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Education studies

If you are fascinated by American culture, history and society, this degree is ideal for you. American Studies is a stimulating, topical and challenging course which prepares you for success in a wide range of careers.

**TWO SUBJECTS, ONE DEGREE:** A Joint Honours degree adds variety and interest to your studies. Studying American Studies Joint Honours helps you to keep your career options open and marks you out as a versatile graduate with a broad portfolio of skills. You can combine American Studies Joint Honours with a wide range of subjects at Derby – the full list can be found in the subject options below. **Please ensure you add the second subject you wish to combine with American Studies in the further details section when adding your choice in apply.**

- Explore historical, socio-political and cultural themes, building your awareness of key debates relating to race and ethnicity, identity and power

- Take part of your degree at one of our partner universities in Europe or North America where you can immerse yourself in an exciting new life and enhance your employability

- Examine key aspects of American history, politics, literature, art, film, television and music through exciting modules covering everything from 9/11 to civil rights, Hollywood to hip-hop

- Develop your intellectual flexibility, confidence and critical skills by engaging with a broad range of subjects: this degree is truly interdisciplinary

- Learn from a highly experienced team of engaging and inspiring subject experts who have produced important books in the field

- Broaden your skills and knowledge by combining American Studies with another subject, opening up an even wider range of career paths

- Impress a prospective employer: an American Studies graduate is typically adaptable, insightful and culturally aware, with refined communication and negotiation skills?

- This course is ranked in the UK Top 10 for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide Subject Tables.

The political, economic and cultural power of the USA affects us all. This course will give you the fullest possible understanding of the different ways in which the American nation defines and represents itself to the world.

**A modern emphasis**
Our focus is on the USA from the 19th Century onwards. As you explore cultural, historical and socio-political themes and issues, you will be challenged to think deeply - both within and across disciplines and genres - about America’s pervasiveness and influence. In the early stages of the course, you will receive a good grounding in the subject and then progress to modules on more specific themes. And, as you grow in confidence, there is plenty of opportunity for independent project work.

**Study abroad**
You can choose to spend the second part of your second year in Europe or North America, experiencing a different academic culture, acquiring a new set of skills and deepening your global perspectives. You can study at one of our partner universities including:
- Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

- Eastern Michigan University

- Keene State College, New Hampshire

- Longwood University, Virginia.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Derby

Department:

Joint Honours

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

84%
med
Education studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
12%
Male students
88%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Academic studies in education

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,500
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Average annual salary
100%
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Employed or in further education
52%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

43%
Childcare and related personal services
13%
Teaching and educational professionals
9%
Welfare and housing associate professionals

When you look at employment stats, bear in mind that a lot of students are already working in education when they take this type of course and are studying to help their career development. This means they already have jobs when they start their course, and a lot of graduates continue to study, whilst working, when they complete their courses. If your course is focused on nursery or early years education, a lot of these graduates go into nursery work or classroom or education assistant jobs; these jobs are not currently classed as 'graduate level' in the stats (although they may well be in the future as classifications catch up with changes in the way we work), and many graduates who enter these roles say that a degree was necessary.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Education

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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