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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.


Environmental Studies

Vision: Create the premier experiential education program for environmental management and conservation in Idaho


  • Relevant and critical knowledge about rural working landscapes is being lost.
  • Immersive, destination education transforms lives.

One week pilot in Cascade in August 2021-

  • Six Faculty: A philosopher, a geographer, a fire ecologist, a soils scientist, a pasture ecologist, an historian
  • Nine students: graduate and undergraduate

Full sessions in Summer of 2022

Support from Carol MacGregor, Andrus Center, School of Public Service and EPSCOR GEM3 grant

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.