Undergraduate study2017

BA (Hons)

English and American Studies

Department of English and Drama

Year of entry: 2017

This degree course offers you the opportunity to pursue those subject areas traditionally associated with English, whilst developing a specialism in American Studies.

  • Additional Award
  • Study Abroad
  • Placement Year

BA (Hons)

English and American Studies

Department of English and Drama

Year of entry: 2017

This degree course offers you the opportunity to pursue those subject areas traditionally associated with English, whilst developing a specialism in American Studies.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Top 15 in the UK for English (The Times Good University Guide 2016)
  • 93% of graduates in work or further study (2014 graduates)

This degree course offers you the opportunity to pursue those subject areas traditionally associated with English, whilst developing a specialism in American Studies.

Individuals are able to tailor the course content to their own individual interest.

The English components of this course will require you to take some core modules in key areas, such as literary and critical theory, studies in language and poetry, but the rest of the course is chosen by you. Our academic staff are recognised experts in subjects such as contemporary texts and theory, culture and communication, creative writing, and literature from the 16th century to the present day. Their knowledge of subject areas and enthusiasm for their research and teaching make this a vibrant and supportive place for you to study in, and to learn transferrable skills for your future employment.

The American Studies component of your studies will be at least one-third, and up to three-quarters of the course, depending on your choice of options. This part of the course places a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary work, allowing you to forge links between American literature, film, the visual arts, music, geography, history and politics. The tutors you will be taught by have a wide range of specialist knowledge, and our modules will allow you the freedom to explore aspects of American culture that really interest you.

Your studies will take place in a variety of learning environments, including seminars, workshops, lectures, group work with peers, and one-to-one tutorials. Our teaching centres on a commitment to small group teaching and all our modules offer this component. Outside scheduled teaching times our academic staff are available for face-to-face meetings, essay feedback and support sessions, and for meetings with Personal Tutees. Students benefit from our Virtual Learning Environment (employing additional learning opportunities through online quizzes, discussion boards and blogs) and library facilities, as well as other dedicated research and study environments.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BA (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich QT37
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time Q3T7
Assessment

The course is assessed solely through coursework, using various methods to encourage students to develop a broad set of skills and competencies. Methods include: essays/reflective work, seminar participation, online in-class tests, annotated bibliographies, performance projects, in-class presentations, research projects, workbook/log books, group work & peer assessments and dissertation. Exposure to a range of written and oral methods of communication builds effective and professional skill-sets for maximum employability.

Graduate destinations

Our students develop excellent transferable skills because of the range of topics studied on our courses and the diversity of teaching and learning methods we use.

The professions entered by our graduates include public relations, journalism, librarianship, management, publishing, theatre, television and radio, marketing, social and youth work, and teaching.

Course structure

Year 1

Our combination of compulsory and optional modules will introduce you to all aspects of the course and provide you with the skills you need for the rest of your degree. You will take modules introducing you to American literature and visual culture, and English modules that explore a range of literary genres, language studies, literary theory and criticism, and visual culture. The texts you will study are from the Renaissance period to the twenty-first century, and you will read many different forms of literature, learn key theoretical approaches to the material, and develop your skills in close reading, oral communication and essay-writing.

Compulsory modules:

  • Narrative Forms and Fiction
  • Imagining America
  • Introduction to American Literature
  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Literary and Critical Theories

Optional modules:

  • Introduction to Language
  • Introduction to Poetry
Year 2

Our compulsory modules allow you to develop your understanding of American literature from the nineteenth century to the present, as well as to study work in other media that will extend your knowledge and confidence in American Studies. A choice of stimulating optional modules allows you to pursue areas of particular interest, and to deepen your understanding of the social, cultural and political contexts of the texts you are studying.

Compulsory modules:

  • Nineteenth-Century American Writing
  • African American Culture

Plus at least two of the following:

  • Renaissance Writings (pre-1800)
  • Victorian Literature (post-1800)
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature  (pre-1800)
  • Modernisms   (post-1800)

Optional modules:

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Multimodality
  • Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare  
  • American Adaptations   
  • New Woman Writing
  • Philosophy, Literature and the Visual Arts
  • American Nightmare
  • The Weird Tale
  • Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Diverse Voices
  • Language in Society
  • Women’s Writing in the Seventeenth Century
  • Textile Futures
  • Fashion Theory
  • Art, Activism and Society
  • Urban Visual Culture
  • Wearable Words
Optional placement year

Optional professional placement.

Final year

Our compulsory modules give you the opportunity to deepen your engagement with modern and contemporary American literature and film, and to write a dissertation on a subject of your choice from within American Studies. The wide range of optional course choices are taught from our tutors’ research specialisms and present you with the most current knowledge and theories. This is an exciting opportunity to explore the texts, themes and contexts that you are passionate about.

Compulsory modules:

  • American Studies Dissertation
  • Global America

Optional modules:

  • Analysing Work Experience in the Creative Industries
  • Dimensions of Texts: Intro to Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • Writings of Intimacy
  • Rare Shakespeare
  • Aphra Behn and Her Contemporaries
  • Neo-Victorianism
  • Narratives of American Sport
  • Cruel and Unusual: Punishment on Trial in American Culture
  • Myth and History: Milton’s Paradise Lost
  • America at War
  • Ulysses
  • A Certain Glory: How to Write Poetry Now
  • One True Sentence: Writing Fiction
  • The Modern Poet

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: QT37 BA (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAB including English (Literature, Language or both) - ABB with A in English (Literature, Language or both) (General Studies accepted)
SQA AH
AB including English, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
35 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in English or 34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 6 at HL in English
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM plus A level English
Additional

UCAS code: Q3T7 BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
AAB including English (Literature, Language or both) - ABB with A in English (Literature, Language or both) (General Studies accepted)
SQA AH
AB including English, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
35 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in English or 34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 6 at HL in English
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM plus A level English
Additional

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band A course) £14,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Professional placement (sandwich) year

We have strong industry links which help our students secure year-long and flexible work placements in the UK and internationally. These placements are an invaluable opportunity to advance your skills, and apply your knowledge to a working environment.

Studying abroad

Our courses enable you to study for a selected period of time in international destinations such as the United States, Canada, Singapore and continental Europe. Successful completion of a year abroad leads to the additional award of the Diploma for International Studies (DIntS) with the results from a semester abroad (3-4 months) counting towards your final degree.

Department / School Key Information Sets

BA (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: QT37

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: Q3T7

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“I was attracted to Loughborough because of the great facilities and I found the standard of work students produced was amazing. It was inspiring and innovative and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Reece P

“The support given to you in Fine Art is second to none. Throughout my time I have been able to create ambitious projects with the help of the technical tutors in the department.”

Valentina T

“The University is very innovative and open minded and there are a lot of facilities on campus where I can learn and practice. Loughborough has helped me to push my artistic and designer boundaries.”

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