A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in American Studies from the University of Idaho gives students a rich and complex understanding of U.S. history, society and cultures – both past and present. The program draws on faculty and courses from across the university to present diverse gendered, multiethnic and international perspectives. The degree is excellent preparation for opportunities in law, education, government, business, politics, journalism and other related careers.
Students in the program may earn a B.S. or B.A. in American Studies with a focus on literature, social science or history. Students frequently double major or minor in history, English, political science, journalism and mass media or Latin American or American Indian studies.
As a student in the American studies program, you'll learn to research, interpret and synthesize complex information from diverse sources and disciplines. Students explore American history and current issues, and study the influence of the United States on societies around the globe. Courses are inquiry- and discussion-based, writing-intensive, and often incorporate community-service learning.
American studies courses require you to ask questions and discuss issues. You’ll be challenged to write effectively. You’ll learn outside the classroom through projects that help others and make the community, state and nation better places to live. Through these experiences, you'll graduate with the following skills:
- Interpret complex social issues
- Communicate with diverse audiences and constituencies
- Engage the public for social change
- Research, synthesize and write effectively
- Apply skills to conflict, mediation, collaboration, problem-solving and policy-making