Montana State University

College of Letters and Science
American Studies Program

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172320
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-4396
Fax: (406) 994-7420
Location: 2-155 Wilson Hall


Nicol C. Rae


David Cherry

Program Administrator/Advisor:

Cassandra Balent

Academic Advising in American Studies

Getting Started in American Studies

Faculty members serve as advisors to students majoring in American Studies, providing a unique opportunity for students to create a coherent body of knowledge shaped to their particular interests. Students work closely with faculty members to build an individualized plan of study that explores the richly diverse traditions of American culture, past and present. If you are interested in finding out more about the American Studies degree at MSU, please call (406) 994-4396 or send an email to
Completing the Major

The program of coursework required by American Studies is rigorous and cross-disciplinary. American Studies students meet periodically with their advisors to select courses and make sure they are on track to complete their plan of study. To compliment their classroom studies, students are encouraged to participate in the following:

Undergraduate research
Volunteer programs
Lectures and public conferences
Cultural, musical and art performances
National Student Exchange program
Study abroad programs through the Office of International Programs

American Studies Advisors
David Cherry,
David has been a part of MSU's History and Philosophy Department since 1992. He teaches courses in Greek and Roman History. He's the author of two books, including a widely-acclaimed study of Roman North Africa.

Cassandra Balent,

Cassandra is the program coordinator for American Studies and the Operations Manager for the Department of History and Philosophy. She has worked at Montana State since 2008. She received her B.A. in history from the University of Denver in 2004.