Grand Canyon Semester 2014 Courses
Grand Canyon Semester courses are seminars with substantial fieldwork that that
interconnect content, projects, and site-specific, place-based learning
experiences. The semester is centered on the Applied Core, Humans and the Environment. The
Integrative Seminar and Directed Study courses complement the Applied Core by
providing students the opportunity to contextualize their experience and choose
a portion of the semester for in-depth study.
Core: Humans and the Environment
three-course natural and social science core allows students to study
contemporary cultural, environmental, and management issues through an
interdisciplinary lens. The Applied Core will make extensive use of integrated
field trips that expose students to residents, stakeholders, and land manager
across the Grand Canyon region.
Human Ecology of the Grand Canyon Region
credits in Anthropology, Native American Studies, or Humanities
will learn how modern and ancient people have interacted with and adapted to
the Grand Canyon Region.
Environmental Science of the Grand Canyon Region
credits in Environmental Science or Biology
will study the patterns and processes that shape the ecology, geology, and
natural history of the Grand Canyon Ecoregion.
Environmental Policy and Management of the Grand Canyon Region
credits in Political Science or Environmental Science
will learn about the policies, practices, and politics that determine how human
cultures manage and utilize natural resources in the Grand Canyon Region.
Integrative Seminar: Grand Canyon as Text (3 credits)
Students integrate their learning while cultivating their sense of place through personal reflective writing and creative projects, as well as learning from the creative work of other artists, writers, and explorers of the Grand Canyon region. Using creative and non-fiction writing, journaling, art, and multi-media, students will document their our own Grand Canyon intimate encounters.
Directed Study – Independent Research Project (4
Students will be guided through a research project that they design incorporating course work, their interests, and field work.