Department of American and Canadian Studies

Undergraduate Study

Join one of the largest American and Canadian Studies departments in Europe, ranked 2nd in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017

  • a unique interdisciplinary approach that will expose you to a huge range of different topics and ideas.
  • a teaching expertise driven by our excellence in research, letting us provide an unparallelled teaching experience, awarded 100% satisfaction in the most recent student satisfaction survey.
  • vibrant academic community which offers around 50 additional talks by special visitors, screenings and numerous other events each year.

The Apprentice star and American and Canadian Studies graduate, Rebecca Jeffery, talks about how the skills she got from her degree helped her career. 

In four years at Nottingham I have achieved more than I could have ever expected, both academically and in extra-curricular activities. My schedule is flexible enough to balance sport with my studies which is really important to me,  and I've always felt supported in studying what I'm interested in thanks to such a wide range of choice and specialists here at the university.

Charlotte Lobley, American Studies and History



Our degrees

Focus on just American and Canadian studies


Combine with another subject


Study Abroad

Information on the Study Abroad year for students who have applied to our four-year single and joint honours degrees that involve a period of international study abroad. Your third year will typically be spent in North America at a university in the United States or Canada, but there are many other study abroad opportunities on offer....



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The typical modules covered on each degree are listed on the individual course pages in the prospectus.

You can also watch staff introduce their course content in our Module in a Minute series:

Module in a Minute

We offer optional language modules for students of all disciplines in our Language Centre.

The Language Centre 


How to apply 

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Supporting your studies


Studying in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies prepares you for a huge variety of different career options, and our graduates are in high demand from prospective employers across the world. 

Careers and Employability

Personal support

Personal tutors

A member of staff from your Department that:

  • provides general support for your academic life
  • gives you the opportunity to raise concerns and discuss issues
  • supports you with personal issues.

Find out more about personal tutors.


Peer mentors

An existing student from your Department who helps you settle in, get to know your peers and advise on student life.

Find out more about our peer mentoring.


As the Director of People Operations at ezhome, inc, and, previously, as a Management Consultant, I have constantly used the academic foundation which Nottingham provided me to interpret issues and confront challenges. The independence and flexibility provided by the American and Canadian Studies degree at Nottingham was a critical developmental opportunity for me, while the course provided a deep exposure to a broad range of relevant frameworks and a rich network of friends and colleagues who have helped me immensely in my professional life and development. This was all supported by enthusiastic and accessible faculty who were genuinely invested in the success and development of the students.

Matthew de la Fuente, Graduate of Politics and American Studies (with International Study)


Student life


The Department of American and Canadian Studies is a bustling and exciting community. We host and organise regular events of all kinds, from large academic conferences to film festivals, and we work with other institutions, organisations and the local community on numerous collaborative projects in which students are encouraged to get involved. 

Ian Aryeh-Thompson
Ian Aryeh-Thompson
American Studies
As the American Studies degree is interdisciplinary I was able to tailor my academic pursuits. In addition, the extra-curricular activities complimented and enriched my time. As I wanted to work in film and TV the course allowed me explore film history, both critically and academically, and understand the emergence and subsequent domination of American culture and its influence across mass media from all sides of the entertainment spectrum, as well as understand the political and historical significance and influence on these areas.

What do our Graduate students think?

Find out what a typical day is like for our American and Canadian Studies alumna, and Apprentice candidate, Rebecca Jeffery.

Ryan Burnett, American and Canadian Studies alumnus, explains how his degree course shaped his career

Giselle Kennedy, American and Canadian Studies alumna, explains how her degree course shaped her career

Department of American and Canadian Studies

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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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