American history

American History Courses Online & In London

From British colonisation to revolution, through expansionism to the Biden-Harris administration, learn about US history and politics - its presidents, power shifts and presence in global politics. These history classes and lectures focus on many aspects of America’s rich history and allow you to engage with passionate tutors on a variety of topics prominent in the American story.

Online and classroom-based courses

This term our courses are delivered online. From January 2022 we will offer courses both online and in the classroom (please check specific courses on the website). For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Learn from expert tutors

Our courses are taught by experts in their fields. Our tutors come from a range of backgrounds, and include academic experts, experienced educators, serving politicians, acclaimed authors and renowned guides. Whoever your class is taught by, all our courses are intellectually rigorous and stimulating.

Browse our range of American History courses below and book online today!

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  1. From Isolationism to Global Superpower: the US from 1900 to 1945.
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This interactive lecture outline course explores the political, social, and cultural development of the United States and considers how it has contributed to modern American society.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £70.00
  2. Slavery and the Civil War: The United States from 1815 to 1865
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will look at American history from 1815 to 1865. Much of the course will focus on how regional divisions developed, how the topic of slavery divided the nation, and how that ultimately culminated in The Civil War. However, we will also look at other political, economic, social, and cultural developments during that half century.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £70.00
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  3. Making the American World: US foreign policy from the Cold War to Biden
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Follow the ascendancy of American power, from 1945 up to the Biden administration, through a history of wars, foreign interventions and “soft power”. Tutor: Jack Gain.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £57.00
  4. From the end of the Gilded Age to the Roaring 20s: America through the fin de siècle 
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    What did the US look like a century ago? Join this course to explore the dynamic period of American history at the turn of the century through to 1928 before the Crash.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £45.00
  5. The US Presidents who made the post war world
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Lecture based course covering the five American Presidents (Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) who shaped the post-War world both in their own country and beyond. Both America and the world changed hugely during this period, often directly influenced by these five Presidents. Tutors: Mark Malcomson.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £35.00
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  6. US Controversies: slavery, migration, poverty, capital punishment, education, health care
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    From slavery to poverty to capital punishment, each session we’ll examine a different issue area – developing a historical and contemporary view of the contentious issues within the USA.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £57.00
  7. The American century: the US from 1945 to 2021
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 3 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This interactive lecture outline course explores the political, social, and cultural development of the United States since the end of World War 2 to the present day.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £70.00
  8. The emergence of modern America: the United States from 1865 to 1900
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 4 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this follow-up course to “Slavery and the Civil War” we will discuss the next phase of American history, covering the years from 1865 to 1900.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £66.00
  9. America in the Great Depression
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will take you through the Great Crash of 1929 through to FDR's 'New Deal' economic and social programmes in response to the Great Depression.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £45.00

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