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Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities

American (US) studies

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Study with us

Study in the USA

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All of our undergraduate courses include a term or year spent studying abroad, giving you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live and study in the United States and immerse yourself in its culture.

Essex has been a major teaching and research institution for American (US) studies since the University was founded in 1964. Our undergraduate single and joint-honours courses and postgraduate opportunities are built on almost fifty years’ experience in the study of the US. The Guardian 2013 University Guide ranks Essex 4th in the UK for American (US) Studies.

Why study the United States?

The US has long been the most influential country in the world. Its politics continue to dominate the global stage and its cultural and commercial products have established themselves in every corner of our world.

These are crucial times for examining the US as a national and a global phenomenon, and our American (US) Studies courses are designed to produce the critically and socially aware experts that will be needed in the coming years to study, analyse and comment on this constantly evolving field.

Watch our videos

Find out more about what it's like to study with us by watching a sample American (US) Studies lecture or by visiting our American (US) Studies Vimeo channel.

Our approach and research expertise

We offer interdisciplinary courses that combine study of the US through the humanities and the social sciences, with undergraduate modules available in literature, film, history of art, history, politics and sociology. The range of subjects offered is mirrored in the wide variety of research projects currently being pursued by the academic staff who teach our courses. You will learn from leading experts and researchers in American (US) studies.

Employability events

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We have lots of careers events and workshops running this term, all designed to help you develop skills, research future career options and meet employers. Some are one-off annual events, so don't miss out.

frontrunners placements

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frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV. The next round of placements will be for students to start in the Spring Term.

Student Profiles

Want to know more about American (US) Studies? Our student profiles allow you to hear students and alumni talk about their experiences of our interdisciplinary courses and the world of possibility they open up.

Graduate profiles

Leila Bow

Our graduates acquire an exceptionally diverse range of skills during their time at Essex and have entered a wide variety of industries. Their stories demonstrate the versatility of an interdisciplinary qualification.