Taught course

Critical American Studies

University of Sussex · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Your qualification should be in American studies, media, literature, history or a relevant humanities subject where you studied American history and culture. You’ll also be considered for the course if you have relevant professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Critical, theoretical, interdisciplinary and engaging – our new MA represents what Sussex is all about.

As part of the Sussex Centre for American Studies, you’ll learn from passionate academics with a range of critical perspectives. Their research interests span fiction, poetry, race, politics and the environment. You have the opportunity to explore topics such as:

  • American thinking and philosophy
  • race
  • modernity and activism
  • the great American novel
  • transatlantic Romanticism.

The course offers stimulating seminars, hands-on research and access to digital resources not available outside the US.

We have a world-class archive on our doorstep in The Keep. Here you can access African-American newspapers, mainstream and alternative print media, protest movement history and the New Masses collection. You’ll develop a rich understanding of North America in the context of both its history and its current position as a global superpower in a state of flux.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course enquiries
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