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.

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  1. America’s Wars: from the Spanish-American War to World War Two
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    In 1890, the United States was considered a weak, isolationist nation. By the end of World War II, the United States had emerged as a global “superpower.



    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 £103.00 Concession £65.00
  2. How America replaced Britain in the Middle East 1945-2003
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course charts the post 1945 entrance of the United States into the Middle East and the power struggle which ensued with Britain as a consequence. The course pierces the official discourse on the transatlantic relationship and provides a different perspective on how to understand and explain the volatile politics of the region. Tutor: Noman Hanif.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
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  3. Racism and racial activism in the USA since the Civil War
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is a two-day course that will provide an overview of racial issues in the United States since the Civil War.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £35.00
  4. America's Wars: The Vietnam War
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 8 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Want to know more about the American war in Vietnam? Join this course to learn more!



    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 £103.00 Concession £65.00
  5. US history through its cities (Richmond, Philadelphia, Saint Louis, San Francisco)
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 8 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    We explore the history of America through four of its cities – as a snapshot its foundations and formation as a nation, through expansion and internal crisis.



    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 £39.00
  6. First nations before and in US history
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    First nations' histories are often overlooked when studying at US history. Join us on this course to explore these ‘hidden histories’.



    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 £89.00 Concession £39.00
  7. Sports: an American History
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course (from an American lecturer who is a sports fanatic!) will provide a brief overview of the history of American sport and the role of sport in American society.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £35.00

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