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American Studies

Delve into the interdisciplinary study of American culture as you investigate the socio-historical legacy of the United States through the lenses of the arts, history and literature.

American Studies ­– B.A. in American Studies

Montana State’s American Studies undergraduate program provides world-class training for students who are seeking a broad understanding of American culture. Students can choose to study fields such as American Arts, American History and American Literature. The program is ideal for students who want to pursue a flexible, interdisciplinary curriculum that will explore the experiences and values of the people of the United States embodied in their history, literature, art and other forums of cultural expression.




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Ivan Doig Center
Montana State runs the Ivan Doig Center for the Study of the Lands and Peoples of the North American West, emphasizing developing connections throughout the humanities, arts, social sciences and natural sciences.

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Learn with Flexibility
American Studies is a truly interdisciplinary program, with access to courses based off of their area of research instead of their department – whether that be anything from anthropology to political science to theater arts.

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Top Public University in Montana
According to the Forbes list of America's Top Colleges, Montana State is the No. 1 Public University in the state based on value, post-graduation salary and student experience.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


American Studies students at Montana State go into careers such as:

  • Teaching
  • Museum Curation
  • Community Education
  • Journalism

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.