One of the top universities in the UK for American Studies One of the top universities in the UK for American Studies

UEA is 1st for American Studies in the Guardian University League Table 2019. The Complete University Guide (2019) also ranked UEA fifth in the UK for American Studies.

We offer our Undergraduate students a broad range of courses and modules, allowing you to tailor your learning as you progress through your time at UEA. Most of our degrees also involve a year studying abroad. Throughout their course, our students develop skills that are highly attractive to employers.

Our staff and Postgraduate research students are at the forefront of new developments within American Studies. Our teaching is research-led, which is one of the reasons why the quality of our teaching is so highly regarded.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) UEA was ranked joint fifth in the UK for the quality of its research in Area Studies (Times Higher REF 2014 Analysis), with 74 per cent of research rated as 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent).

Black Lives Matter. As the department of American Studies at UEA, we are proud to express our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests against racism.  As academics who spend our professional lives analysing America, we know what racism has meant and continues to mean in the United States. We also know how important it is for us to support the struggle against racism. We are committed to work against anti-black oppression inside and outside our teaching spaces, and to work towards cultivating an equitable and fair learning environment in which all students can flourish. 

Our department has a long history of teaching and research in relation to numerous aspects of race and American culture: to give only a few examples, we regularly offer modules on the history of enslavement, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Civil Rights movement, alongside Native American history, literature and film, as well as explorations of multi-ethnic America. Our teaching is attentive to racial hierarchies in all contexts, ranging from foreign relations to individual identities. Current research in the department includes projects foregrounding Black female intellectuals; race, representation and comics; and the history of Native North American presence in Britain. However, we know we need to do more. 

We are now working urgently to create opportunities for our students to be in conversation about Black Lives Matter, and to discuss how what started in the USA became a world-wide movement. We aim to regularly review and amend our modules, reading lists, and curriculum design, in ways that foreground these debates and centre anti-racist pedagogies and decolonising practices. 

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