Grand Canyon Semester 2014 Courses

All 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.   

Applied Core: Humans and the Environment

The 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.

ANT399H: Human Ecology of the Grand Canyon Region
3 credits in Anthropology, Native American Studies, or Humanities
Students will learn how modern and ancient people have interacted with and adapted to the Grand Canyon Region. Emphasis will be placed on contemporary cultures.

ENV399H: Environmental Science of the Grand Canyon Region
3 credits in Environmental Science or Biology
Students will study the patterns and processes that shape the ecology, geology, and natural history of the Grand Canyon Ecoregion.

POS399H: Environmental Policy and Management of the Grand Canyon Region
3 credits in Political Science or Environmental Science
Students will learn about the policies, practices, and politics that determine how human cultures manage and utilize natural resources in the Grand Canyon Region.

HUM399H: Integrative Seminar (3 credits)

This course uses aesthetic and humanistic inquiry to help students integrate their learning while developing a Sense of Place on the Colorado Plateau.  Students will use creative and non-fiction writing, journaling, art, and multi-media to document their own Grand Canyon experience.

HON485: Directed Study – Independent Research Project (4 credits)

Students will learn research methodology and be guided through research papers or other creative projects (i.e., film, photographic essay) that incorporate course work, their interests, and field work.