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Welcome to the Department of American & Canadian Studies


  • Engaging the NEW American Studies Conference
    The University of Birmingham: 22 - 23 May 2009
    The fourth in a series of annual international seminars, this is designed to bring together leading scholars and top postgraduates from around the world to discuss "America" in its historical and contemporary contexts.
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  • The department consistently ranked highly in the league tables for American Studies. It is currently ranked 4th in The Guardian , 4th in  The Independent  and 7th in The Times University League tables for 200 8/9. (We do try to keep revising/updating this statement but new league tables do of course appear, and we are not directly notified)

  • ACS student eye witness to history.

  • New Programme for 2009 entry:
    BSc Business and American Studies

  • BUNK! a series of fifty (limited edition) prints by Eduardo Paolozzi, executed in his ‘pop art’ style – will soon be set up as a permanent exhibition mounted in the Department


Undergraduate courses
We offer interdisciplinary options in a wide range of fields that investigate American and Canadian history, literature, film, and culture from the past to the present.

Postgraduate courses
Our outstanding postgraduate programmes allow for specialization and expertise in rapidly developing fields crucial in the world today.

A bridge between industry and academia
Our unique degrees have been designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational development, a balance highly sought after by employers and graduates in today's intellectual and creative industries.

We are committed to excellence in teaching, and our staff and postgraduate students are at the forefront of interdisciplinary research into literature, culture, history, film and TV, politics and international relations. Our multi-disciplinary degree programme gives students a broad base of knowledge and skills for their future careers, whilst progressive specialization is always encouraged.

The Department has student exchange programmes with over a dozen US and Canadian Universities, from the West Coast to the East.

The Department has also developed collaborative partnerships with internationally-prominent institutions in Iran (the University of Tehran), China (Huazhong University for Science and Technology and Shanghai Maritime University), Ireland (University College Dublin), Holland (the Roosevelt Centre), Berlin (the Free University, Berlin and University of Bonn), Canada (Dalhousie University) and Japan (Doshisha University, Kyoto, Sophia University, Tokyo and the University of Tokyo).

International experience gives graduates an edge for top global jobs.

“Global businesses are increasingly seeking graduates who have a global awareness.  They value those who have the initiative to study overseas as part of their learning.  Such study helps them to be more culturally aware, more able to work in multicultural teams and more able to move around the world as part of their career.” 

Royal Society by the Council for Industry and Higher Education.


















Department of American and Canadian Studies
University of Birmingham
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Birmingham, B15 2TT

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