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American Studies

American Studies covers not just the US but the whole of the American continent, from Canada to Chile. It offers an investigation into the world’s most powerful nation and a variety of different cultures.

Papers in American Studies will inform you about the cultures, the history, the literature and the politics of the countries that make up the Americas.

American Studies is an interdisciplinary programme combining papers from four areas:

  • English, Music, Screen and Media Studies, Theatre Studies
  • History
  • Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology
  • Latin America

American Studies at Waikato may be taken as a supporting subject, and papers work well with majors in Political Science, History, English, Screen and Media Studies, International Languages and Cultures, Economics, Law and Management.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MEDIA101Media, Culture and Society19B (Hamilton)
Do you ever pause to reflect on the media content that you engage with on a daily basis? Your product choices (e.g. smartphones), or practices (e.g. Googling)? Or how particular media structures are shaping our lives? In this paper students learn to understand the importance of developing a critical perspective on who owns and cont...

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English Programme

American Studies is available as a supporting subject for the BA. American Studies may also be taken as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled. It is recommended that students intending to complete a supporting subject in American Studies include HIST105 in the first year of their programme of study.



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