An International Education,
A London Location,
A Global Future

Flexible Curriculum at Richmond University

Flexible Start Dates

With the opportunity to start your
course in the Autumn (Fall) or the Spring


British and international internships

Richmond offers all students the opportunity to take an internship

Richmond The American University in London

Academic Requirements

We accept qualifications from around the world

BA Degree in American Studies

Programme Overview
As the UK’s only American Studies programme based in an American Liberal Arts university, Richmond’s BA in American Studies 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 – sharing courses with students majoring in International Relations, Politics, History, Communications, Journalism and other disciplines. Students studying American Studies will have the opportunity to benefit from the numerous exchange possibilities with universities and colleges in the United States and Canada.

Modules Breakdown






Foundations of American Studies

Introduction to Visual Culture

Power in the Americas

Contemporary American Culture

Comparative Political Systems

Film in the Americas

Cultural Theory

The American Presidency

Foundations of Psychology

When Worlds Collide: Race & Empire 1400-1888

Mainstream Cinema: Studies in Genre

Senior Seminar in American Studies 1

Transitions I

Versailles to Vietnam: US and the World

Social Research

Senior Seminar in American Studies 2

Transitions II

Introduction to International Relations

4 FHEQ Level 5 Electives

US History Since 1972

Quantitative Reasoning

And all of the following:


From Pop to Present: Themes in Contemporary American Art

Scientific Reasoning

Research and Writing II


Creative Expression

4 FHEQ Level 4 Electives


Research and Writing I


QCT Level 3 Elective (can be Gen Ed Hum SS requirement)








Plus 4 of the following OR Internship and 2 of the following:


World Internship in American Studies (6 CREDITS)


Internship in American Studies (6 CREDITS)


New Media


History on Film


Culture, Power and Empire


Migration and Diasporas


Conflict And Peace Studies


International Human Rights


Foreign Policy Analysis


Global Energy Politics


Ethnicity and Identity


Religion, Identity And Power


Democracy and Democratization

Emily Kimber

I study on this programme

Studying for a BA in American Studies at Richmond University was the best decision I made in the last three years (better than the time I said yes to eating an oven baked tarantula, lightly salted).

The classes at Richmond are small – in terms of student numbers, but also dimensionally – and all the better for it. Class discussions are the perfect setting to explore the subject and extract sordid details.

Class contact hours are numerous and the work load is high but time spent with our tutors is extensive which I know, having done the first year of my degree at a British University, is an exceptional quality unique to Richmond University.

With quite a broad subject, taking the degree in the direction I want to is routinely encouraged, as is free thinking and the development of my ideas.

If you want a challenge and to develop an incredible understanding in your field, Richmond American International University in London is the place to go, despite its lengthy title which I may have just got wrong.

Emily KimberBA degree in American Studies (with optional study in the USA)

Faculty who teach on this programme:

BA Degree in American Studies is currently validated by The Open University.

You could study this programme as a minor instead, alongside a different major:

Entry Requirements

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Tuition Fees: 2017/18 & 2018/19 entry per annum, students from:





Rest of the World


Full Time 3-4 Years
(subject to credit transfer- please note that most non-US students are eligible)

Contact our admissions team for more details

4 Year Full Time
(including one year QCF Level 3)

UCAS Course Code: T700

  • The programme is recognised in the US via our MSCHE accreditation.
  • The programme is validated in the UK by The Open University.
  • Major
  • Minor
  • US Federal Aid is available
  • Student Finance England (SFE) loans are available

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