You will take 120 credits of modules split as below:
- Compulsory core modules - 40 credits
- Optional modules - 80 credits
You must pass year two, which counts one third towards your final degree classification.
Globalise your degree and experience your subject first-hand, with a year at a US or Canadian university.
Whether you've discovered American and Canadian studies through an interest in global relations, politics, or even a love for American television shows, our expert-led courses let you design your degree to suit your strengths and interests.
You will explore American and Canadian history, literature and culture, selecting optional modules on everything from North American politics to music, art, film and television. The huge range of areas on offer means you will develop important skills to enhance your career options, while your year abroad will build important life-long skills.
From a newfound independence, to adaptability, confidence and cultural awareness, a year abroad will prepare you for the job market in a way like no other.
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The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. This content was last updated on Wednesday 25 January 2023.
Assessment is based on a combination of coursework, including essays and dissertation projects, seminar participation and oral presentations, and formal examinations. The precise assessments vary from one module to another and across the years of your degree.
The opportunity to discuss ideas and coursework with your tutor is an integral part of your studies at Nottingham. Whether by giving feedback on an essay plan, or discussing the results of an assessment, we help you work to the best of your ability. Each tutor offers weekly support and feedback hours, while feedback on coursework is also posted online via our tailored teaching and learning platform.
You’ll have at least the following hours of timetabled contact a week through lectures, seminars and workshops, tutorials and supervisions.
Your tutors will also be available outside these times to discuss issues and develop your understanding.
We reduce your contact hours as you work your way through the course. As you progress, we expect you to assume greater responsibility for your studies and work more independently.
Your lecturers will be qualified academic staff. Some of your classes may be run by temporary teaching staff who are also experts in their field.
Class sizes vary depending on topic and type. A weekly lecture on a core module may have 50-60 students attending, while a specialised seminar may only contain 10 students.
As well as scheduled teaching, you’ll carry out extensive self-study such as independent reading and research. As a guide, 20 credits (a typical module) is approximately 200 hours of work (combined teaching and self-study). Each 20-credit module typically involves between three and four hours of lectures and seminars per week. You would ideally spend 8-10 hours doing preparation work.
As an American and Canadian studies graduate, you will have gained valuable transferable skills from interdisciplinary study and exposure to an array of cultural perspectives. These include:
Read our student and alumni profiles for more about the range of skills you will gain, as well as the careers which our graduates go into.
You can also learn more about subject-related careers opportunities from our Careers and Employability Service.
76.3% of undergraduates from the Department of American and Canadian Studies secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £24,651.*
*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2019/20 data published in 2022. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.
Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.
Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).
" A lot of the conversations we have in class are very relevant to today. We’ve done a lot on Black Lives Matter and the confederate statues, the confederate flag. It’s being able to bring in the context of history, and see how America as a whole affects these decisions, then how that affects the rest of the world. "
American and Canadian Studies (Study Abroad) BA