American Studies graduates

A degree in American Studies from the University of Manchester provides you with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to embark on a successful, and rewarding career in the global workplace of the twenty-first century.

Over the past decade—and far beyond—our graduates have entered any number of fields, including the professions of teaching, law, publishing, accountancy, public relations, journalism, and arts administration.

American Studies, and our joint degrees with English Literature or History, allow students to explore a wide array of topics, inviting them to think about the American past and its contemporary moments. All of our degrees immerse students in the politics of the present and global affairs; lets them think seriously about global media; and engage with the production of a large body of cultural materials, including film, music, photography, and literature.

Tom Cornelius

American Studies offered an opportunity to read literature—and to do so alongside history, film, cultural studies, and art history. I was drawn to what I saw as the degree’s diversity and its contemporary relevance.

Tom Cornelius / (AS ‘15)

It is a reflection of what and how we teach that our students emerge confident of their ability to convey their thoughts with clarity on the page and in person. Our courses seek to provide them with a set of creative and intellectual tools, giving them opportunity to improve as writers, to think about some of the most pressing contemporary issues, to hone their presentational skills, their command of digital tools, and their ability to work independently and collaboratively on creative projects, such as podcasts and videos.

Natasha Barsby

My time at Manchester was invaluable for understanding the importance of working to deadlines, being organised, and learning how to prioritise my workload. Studying English and American Studies meant that I had experience in evaluating and responding to a text—a great starting point for learning how to edit.

Natasha Barsby / (ELAS ‘12)
Stephanie Keyte

Deciding to join the American Studies programme at the University of Manchester in 2014 was one of the best decisions I have made. I spent three wonderful years on the course, including a semester abroad at North Carolina State University. I believe the skills I learnt on this course set me up brilliantly for the challenges and pressures I have faced as a young graduate trying to get my foot on the career ladder.

Stephanie Keyte / (HAS ‘17)

To read further about some of the professions our recent graduates have entered over the past decade, download our full brochure.