American Studies at the University of Kent

American Studies at the University of Kent


When you first come to Kent and take
American Studies you’re introduced to how all kinds of things connect. You look
at Disney, McDonaldisation, 9/11, the Civil War, crime fiction and how all these
different aspects of American culture, society, history and politics inter-lock. students will do is take a course called
‘Writing America’ which does that work of placing your literary interests and
books within a wider historical and intellectual frame. So you’ll be thinking
about how literature relates to history; how literature relates to politics; and
other concerns that will then develop further during the course of the degree
programme. it’s very approachable; You can go to, sort of, your lecturer’s office hours whenever you need to ask any questions
and it’s quite a small centre, so, there’s about 30 people in the course, so you get
to know people and know people from other disciplines and things like that.
So it’s very approachable, very friendly and accessible. options. You can look at things such as
the Civil War or Cold War. You can look at the American Revolution or the
Environmental Revolution. And the idea is that you’ll get a strong good
understanding of the American experience. We teach courses on the history and the
literature of Latin America so that you can put it together and understand the
hemisphere in a better way. So, not just the United States and Canada but also
Mexico, the Caribbean and everything to the south of that. you’ll have a full understanding of how
American literature relates to the nation and its place in the world. Brazil and Cuba in
North America and this provides you with a very wide understanding of how the
continent has developed. We also have courses on literature; there’s courses on
the Cuban Revolution; on short story writing. So it really depends on your
interest on where you can take it. Instead of writing about the ‘great
unknown’, which we do for a little bit in first year when everything is very new,
you find yourself, kind of, writing about what you know now. You’ll end up knowing America very very well after living there for that long. So American Studies at Kent allows you to choose two different ways of doing the or you can take a four year
programme which has a year abroad. One of the main reasons I did American Studies, aside from the academic advances you get from it, was to do the year in America. So
I really had my heart set on going to America when I started the course, so I
knew exactly what I wanted to do and I knew Kent would offer me the right
application choices to go. interview where they think it was the
international office representative and that are important to you. So, for me, I
wanted to go to a smaller campus. I wasn’t wanting to go to a big state
campus, and so that was, I didn’t really mind where I went but as long as, sort
of, that was my main criteria and I was fitted personally to the one of my top
two two choices really. was great! It was very different to the UK.
It was a lot of keg parties and not quite the same kind of atmosphere you have in a UK University but it was really, really good. They had a really good
international office which was dedicated to helping out international students
and where I was, there was only 200 international students, so we had a big
team of support behind us as well as the international students so we had a big
team of support behind us as well as the always on hand to talk. College where I was at, I also had
someone there to liaise with so that I knew that when I arrived someone was
there at the airport, with all the other international students to
pick me up and make sure I was going to the right dorm and things like that and
so that kind of… those kind of little the right dorm and things like that and
so that kind of those kind of little things that make a difference to the
transfer and things like that to make sure that you’re not really on your own
and that you’re secure in that kind of parents. motivated that it just rubbed off and you
just…you just want to be, sort of, in that same zone. So, you’re just studying at
the same level as everyone else. they give you a bit of scope to go
around when you finish your degree – in same zone so you’re just studying that
the same level as everyone else it’s visa. So you can you can really do what
you want, once you’re finished, and you also you get the holiday breaks as well. travelled down the East Coast and you
can travel, well I traveled on a budget, in that I managed to get a Megabus from,
I think it was, New York to Philadelphia for a dollar and it may have been four
hours on a coach but it’s very accessible, you can do it very
last minute and you just have travel with a rucksack and just stay in
hostels and it’s all very welcoming. lot more options to go in the South,
which isn’t a place I would normally see myself going. If I was to go on holiday
I probably go to California or New York. So I wanted to see the places in America
I wouldn’t see necessarily. and had it with their family. So it was
really good just to experience it in that way, as well as
being with friends in the States. So it was really good. illustrious history. We have been here
since 1973 which is only eight years after the University opened. American
Studies is a discipline that is sometimes called a ‘multi-discipline’ or
an ‘interdisciplinary’ degree and what experience it in that way as well as
sort of being with sort of friends in different lenses and different
intellectual styles. study yourself. Like doing the
extended essays and the dissertation, you can go wherever you want really and
I focused on history. But because of my history strand, I could choose
whatever topic I wanted really (or within the bounds of history). It meant then, that my experience could be sort of my own, within the
degree. classes with people who have had similar
experiences to you and you can talk about it with them – a lot of people
don’t want to hear about your year abroad because you’ll be going on about it
for years and years after! It’s a very friendly centre, One of the first things that In the second year and third
year, you choose from a wide range That means that by the time you get to the end of the degree We make comparisons between slavery in degree. You can take a three year degree with a semester abroad

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