Sussex Centre for American Studies

Undergraduate study

Join one of the highest-ranked American Studies degrees in the UK (2nd in the Complete University Guide 2020 and 3rd in both the Guardian University Guide 2020 and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020). Gain insight into the fascinating history, culture and politics of one of the most powerful nations in the modern world, and study for a year at one of our partner universities in the US.

Key facts about American Studies at Sussex

  • varied and flexible course content: tailor your American Studies degree to your own interests with a variety of topics to choose from. You explore subjects from Martin Luther King to the Salem witch trials. And as you progress through your course, you can choose to specialise in history, literature or culture. Our interdisciplinary approach means you make connections with a range of subject areas – from music to politics.
  • year of study at a prestigious American university: spend the third year of your course at a university in the US. Our Centre for American Studies has more prestigious American partner institutions than any other programme in England – including the University of California Berkeley, or George Washington University in DC, and the University of Miami. See the full range on our year abroad page.
  • research-led teaching: your studies at Sussex are informed by our research, and you experience a variety of teaching styles and methods. Our undergraduate students gave us 90% for overall satisfaction in the National Students Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • opportunities to stand out: an American Studies degree will make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting a job after you graduate, because of the skills you develop and your study experience in the US. And you benefit from our Centre's international reputation, both in the US and the UK.
  • excellent career prospects: gain skills for a range of careers, working in areas such as television and film production, journalism, marketing and finance. 87% of our American Studies undergraduates were in work or studying within six months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes survey 2017/18).

'The privilege of studying at one of the best universities in the world encouraged me to make the most of every opportunity.

'I took some fantastic courses, joined several societies and became an editor the Berkeley Undergraduate Journal.'

Sophie Kennedy-Cooke
American Studies and English BA
Studied at the University of California, Berkeley for her year abroad