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MA

American History

Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Course description

Contemporary politics shows that there is more need than ever for critical understanding of the formative political, social, economic and intellectual trends in American history.

This MA allows you to study the historical development of the United States from the first encounter between Europeans and Native Americans in the colonial period through to the end of the Cold War.

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Modules

Core modules

  • Research Presentation
  • Approaches to the American Past
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Burying the White Gods: Indigenous People in the Early Modern Colonial World
  • Another Country: America and the Problem of Decolonisation
  • The U.S. Civil War in Global Context
  • The United States and the Global 1970s

Teaching

You’ll be taught through seminars and individual tutorials.

Assessment

Assessment is by bibliographical and source-based exercises, written papers, oral presentation, and a 15,000 word dissertation.

Duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in history or other humanities or social science discipline.

You may be asked to supply examples of previous written work.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Contact

history.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 2552

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.