If you are fascinated by the United States of America and want to learn more about its culture, history, and politics, explore our BA in American Studies.
As the only American University in the UK, Richmond has an authenticity which few can match when it comes to American Studies. Our programme, which is based on the American liberal arts system of learning, aims to develop an understanding of the United States of America from an international perspective.
The programme enables students to take courses in American history, politics and foreign policy alongside courses on film, literature, popular music, globalisation and contemporary popular culture. Students on this programme will also share courses with students majoring in International Relations, Politics, History, Communications, Journalism and other disciplines.
Step outside the classroom and explore a different side of America through visits to The American Museum and Gardens in Bath, the Benjamin Franklin House in London and the British Museum. With all of London’s museums, art galleries and theatres on the doorstep, there are many ways to discover different aspects of America.
You will also have the opportunity to benefit from the numerous exchange possibilities with universities and colleges in the United States, Canada and Latin America.
Top 5 reasons to study this programme:
- Develop a broad understanding of American Studies, touching on areas such as International Relations, Political Science, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Communications and Art & Design
- Opportunity to study alongside American and international students creates lively discussions and brings American Studies alive
- Build expertise in the changing relationships between North America and South America
- Specialise in specific aspects of politics, history, and culture in the Americas, including US politics and foreign policy, the ‘Pink Tide’ in Latin America, and the study of film, music, theatre, art and design
- Study abroad in the USA, Canada or Latin America through Richmond’s partner programmes
Embassy of the Dominican Republic, European Commission, Moody’s Investors Service, PwC, US Department of Homeland Security, AXA Rosenberg, Deutsche Bank, Mercedes-Benz, The Albert Baker Funs, BB, Bloomberg L.P., EMI Music, 19 Entertainment, Walt Disney Entertainment
College of Law, London College of Fashion, London School of Economics and Political Science, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
Career paths for American Studies graduates
Media, Marketing, Advertising, Music, Film and Television Industry, Events Management
We offer career support and advice through our Careers & Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your study choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Through internships you will gain business acumen, beneficial work experiences and transferable skills which will give you a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment. Work while you study across 5 continents through our partners Connect123 and CRCC Asia with destinations in Spain, Argentina, South Africa, China, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.
3 Years pathway
4 Years pathway
A Level: 3 C’s or equivalent*
*All other equivalent eligible transfer credits will be determined by Admissions.
A Level: 96 UCAS points
US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)
International Baccalaureate: 24 IB points (year 1) BTEC National Diploma: MMM.
Completion of Year 12-13 International equivalent secondary school qualification with a minimum grade average of grade of C including mathematics and English
5.5 with 5.5 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing
72 with 17 Listening, 18 in Reading, 17 Writing, 20 Speaking
Pearson Test of English
51 with 51 in each component
First, Advanced, Proficiency – taken after January 2015
162 overall (no less than 162 in each component)
Cambridge First: Advantage, Proficiency – taken before January 2015
Cambridge First: Grade B overall (No less than B in any component)
Cambridge Advanced: Grade C (no less than C in any component) less than C in any component)
Cambridge Proficiency: Level C1 certificate
You apply directly using the Common Application ($50.00) or the Richmond online Application. In order to submit your application you will need the following information
- Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
- The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
- A personal statement – this can either be emailed as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
- An electronic copy of your in process or completed high school (secondary school) transcript and graduation certificate
When to apply
We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you are completing your undergraduate programme of study. In this case you will be offered a place that is conditional on successfully completing a specified qualification and English language qualification if applicable. If you would like your application to be considered for a Richmond bursary, an early application is strongly recommended
Admission is by interview unless you live outside the UK when we may interview you via Skype or by telephone. We may also determine your suitability on the basis of their application and qualifications alone. Find out more about applying.