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Field School

If you have a friend studying physical sciences, you may be familiar with the concept of a Field School. These short term programs are commonly used as a way to provide mentored field research, after all, there’s no substitute for actually “doing” the work. The School of Public Service is working with our community partners to create innovative Field Schools adapted specifically to our disciplines. We can also help connect you to existing opportunities outside of Boise State, such as these Environmental Studies Field Schools.

Study Abroad is a form of field school – placing students around the globe fosters a greater understanding of the world, provides the opportunity to learn a foreign language and exposes them to alternative methods of teaching. Boise State’s Center for Global Education works with Via TRM to help connect students to global learning opportunities.


Zena Creek Field School

Summer 2024 -July 28th – Aug. 2nd

On-site intensive field learning for undergraduate and graduate students across environmental disciplines.
Students will investigate use-inspired questions related to energy, land, and water transitions in rural Idaho. Focus will be placed on problem-based learning, individual reflection, and field projects.
Course Listings (3 creidts): ENVSTD 482, ENVSCI 482, ENGR 497,
and MEM 597

In collaboration with:
School of Environment
College of Engineering

Email Stephanie Lenhart for more information

Urban Studies

The Urban Field School closely studies the history and use of a particular site or defined area. Students first research the site to help place it in context, and then visit the site. For instance, they may do readings on industry within cities, and then go visit the site of a former factory. Professors use the field as a humanities “lab” to ask questions about a particular place, and help students understand how it came to be the way that it is today.

Political Science

The National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership program is a weeklong leadership program designed to inspire women to become leaders in their communities. This national bi-partisan program was developed by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) to address the under-representation of women in American politics. Selection is by application and is limited to 30 participants. Students live on campus for a week and attend workshops, lectures and panel discussions that explore leadership styles, collaboration and politics.  Over 50 local and state leaders are regularly involved in the programming and many remain engaged with NEW alum.