American Studies

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American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that encourages students to combine, cross, and stretch academic boundaries as they study the diversity and complexity of American history and cultures in local, national, and global terms. Students in this program design their own degree pathway and choose from a range of courses across different disciplines to meet their interests.

Career Application

Your American studies degree can lead to many professional opportunities, including careers in law, government, teaching, public arts, grant writing, public relations, nonprofit organizations, libraries, museums, and community activism.

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USU Honors Program

Participate in discussion-oriented classes and reading groups while taking advantage of other Honors-specific benefits.

Undergraduate Research

Utah State University is one of the premiere undergraduate research colleges in the United States, and students of English can take advantage of opportunities to partner with faculty on projects.

Writing Fellows

Polish your academic writing alongside a tutor with one-on-one sessions, or apply to become a writing fellow yourself.

Alumni Advice

Mike Rigby

Michael Rigby (BS History '92, MS American Studies '93) discusses careers in education.

Tyler Buswell

Join us for a conversation with Tyler Buswell (BS American Studies ’05), a shareholder and commercial real estate attorney at the law firm of Kirton McConkie in Salt Lake City.

Jared Stein

Listen to a discussion with Jared Stein as part of our Alumni Lunch Series at CHaSS.

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American studies students will complete a three-credit internship that allows them to build on and expand the focus of their degree. There are many possible internships based on your coursework emphasis, and the English department’s internship coordinator can help you make arrangements for your internship credit.

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The American Studies Association is the nation’s oldest and largest association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history. Their more than 5,000 members represent many fields, from library science to popular culture.

American Folklore Society

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The American Folklore Society is an association of people who study and communicate knowledge about folklore throughout the world. Its members and subscribers are scholars and teachers; professionals in arts and cultural organizations; and community members involved with folklore work.

Program Advisor

Susan Parkinson

Susan Parkinson

Academic Advisor Senior

Old Main 106

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Scholarships & Financial Aid

  • Utah State University offers many options for financial aid, including university level scholarships and aid available to specific colleges and majors.