According to the Wikipedia, American studies or American civilization is an interdisciplinary field dealing with the study of the United States. It incorporates the study of economics, history, literature, art, the media, film, urban studies, women's studies, and culture of the United States, among other fields.

American Studies at Warwick is ranked No. 1 in the country by The Times, The Independent and The Guardian in 2009. It is also rated top in the Times 2010. The School of Comparative American Studies (CAS) at the University teaches a small and friendly degree course, History, Literature and Culture of the Americas.

Sussex is one of the best research institutions in the nation. In the RAE 2008, 18 subjects at Sussex are ranked in the top 20 in the UK, across the arts, sciences and social sciences, with the American Studies department rated number 1 in the country.

Top UK Institutions for American Studies:
League Table 2010 (top 10 list):
1 Warwick
2 Sussex
3 Lancaster
4  Leicester
5  Manchester
6  East Anglia
6 Hull
8 Nottingham
9 Kent
10 Essex
Source: Times Good University Guide

League Table 2003
Rank, Institution, Guardian teaching score/100
1 East Anglia 96
2 Edinburgh 92
3 Sheffield 89
4 Sussex 88
5 Warwick 87
6 Nottingham 87
7 Leicester 86
8 Essex 85
9 Keele 84
10 Lancaster 83
11 Birmingham 81
12 Hull 81
13 Reading 80
14 Wales, Aberystwyth 78
15 Dundee 78
16 Kent at Canterbury 77
17 Manchester 77
18 De Montfort 76
19 Wolverhampton 75
20 Canterbury Christ Church Uni Col 74
21 Middlesex 72
22 Derby 70
23 Wales, Swansea 70
24 Brunel 69
25 King Alfred's Col 65
26 Univ Col Northampton 64
27 Liverpool Hope Col 62
28 York St John Col 56

Source: Guardian

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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