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Mormon American Travel Study

Mormon American Travel Studies


This annual travel study program is a rendezvous with the American past and its people. Students study on site where American history was made and where LDS church history and doctrine may be felt and testimonies strengthened. They come to appreciate as never before the Restoration and Mormon heritage in the context of American events, culture and ideas.

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The 2013 tour will begin on August 1 at the BYUI campus, leave for the East Coast on August 8th and return on August 27th. See the information packet/application (available at the link below) for a tentative itinerary.


The tour fees = $2,995. They include:

  • Round trip airfare from Salt Lake City to eastern United States
  • Bus Transportation
  • Hotels
  • Two meals per day (usually breakfast and dinner)
  • Entrance fees

Students are responsible for covering:

  • One meal per day (usually lunch) & snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tuition (which will vary depending on the number of credits taken)


A total of 9 credits may be earned. Classes include:
  • FDAMF 101 -- American Foundations (3 credits)
  • HIST 120 -- U.S. History to 1877 (3 credits)
  • HIST 370 -- Early American History to 1800 (3 credits)
  • ENG 251 -- Fundamentals of Literary Interpretation (3 credits)
  • ENG 334 -- American LIterature, Colonial to Romantic (3 credits)
  • FDHUM 102-- Transitions in Art and Curlture (3 credits)
  • FDREL 324 -- Doctrine and Covenants, 1st half (2 credits)
  • FDREL 325 -- Doctrine and Covenants, 2nd half (2 credits)
  • FDREL 341 -- Latter-day Saint History from 1805-1844 (2 credits)


Participants must be accepted to BYU-Idaho and in good standing. Students on any track may apply for the tour.


To apply, fill out an application, then fax (208-496-4223) or deliver it to the History Department secretary (262 Ricks Building, Rexburg, ID 83460-2160). Click here for an information packet and application in a Word document.


Shawn Johanson

History Professor & Tour Director

Ricks 262-G


(Brother Johanson is in China until February, but he is happy to answer any questions you may have via email)


Sheldon Lawrence

English and Literature Instructor

McKay 280



Stan Kivett

Religion Instructor

Taylor 213




The Mormon American Travel Studies program reserves the right to make changes or substitutions in this offer as a result of increases in fares, hotels, currency rates, or other unforeseen circumstances prior to departure. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if deemed necessary for circumstances beyond our control such as strikes, walk-outs, riots, wars, acts of God, etc. In such case, the Mormon American Travel Studies program or its agents have no responsibility beyond refunding all deposits and moneys paid. Such refunds will be made within 30 days.