Bachelor in American Studies


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Program Description

BA (Hons) American Studies at the University of Lincoln offers students a distinctive interdisciplinary degree drawing on expertise across the University of Lincoln in American history, literature, film, music, theatre, visual arts, foreign policy and politics.

Students have the opportunity to study topics ranging from the cities of the colonial Americas and the American Revolution to the Broadway musical, Hollywood cinema, the battle for civil rights, and the Vietnam War. This course seeks to emphasise the critical examination and interpretation of primary source materials, including novels, films, newspapers, songs, oral histories, protest movements, and political documents.

Students may have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and broaden their horizons by taking part in a period of study abroad at a partner institution in North America during their third year. Doing so can help develop greater cultural awareness and resourcefulness. For students who take the optional Spanish language modules as part of their first and second-year studies, the year abroad also provides opportunities for examining Hispanic arts, histories, and cultures.

How You Study

The first year offers introductory modules designed to give students an understanding of American history, arts, politics, and culture. Through lectures, seminars, film screenings, and reading groups students are introduced to the core questions and themes that drive our understanding of America.

This knowledge is built upon in the following two years, where a range of optional modules is available based on the research specialisms of our academic team.

Students have the opportunity to enrol at a partner institution in North America during their third year. Students can then return to the University of Lincoln to complete the final year of their degree. Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs in addition to their normal living costs throughout the year.

Where applicable, students will also be expected to cover their visa costs. For students who opt to take Spanish as part of their first and second-year studies, the year abroad aims to open up opportunities for understanding Hispanic arts, histories, and cultures. By spending a year abroad, students can develop greater cultural awareness and resourcefulness, initiative, and independence in responding to new situations.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.

How You Are Assessed

This programme will use a variety of assessment forms – from traditional essays and examinations to presentations, analyses of individual artefacts and longer research projects.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.


Research on the Americas in our College of Arts is wide-ranging and currently includes fatherhood in Cold War America, early modern Iberian imperial architecture, the mapping of New York City through Broadway song, and homelessness in American fiction.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teachings and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Entry Requirements

  • GCE Advanced Levels: BBC
  • International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

If you would like further information about entry requirements or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities.

Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities. Read less