Grand Canyon Semester 2018 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.
Peoples of the Southwest
credit hours in Anthropology, Native American Studies, or Humanities
For at least 12,000 years, peoples of the Southwest have
developed diverse and flexible adaptations to scarcity and unpredictability of
water and other critical resources. Emphasizing writings and media by Native
American authors and filmmakers together with scientific research, this course
explores the relationships among past and present human communities in the
Southwest and their unique environments. Students will be immersed into
contemporary southwestern cultural traditions by visiting tribal reservations
and interacting with indigenous people (i.e., Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and Hualapai)
and behind-the-scenes explorations of museums and ancestral (archaeological)
sites. Particular emphasis will be placed on the many issues that Southwestern
Native Peoples face on a daily basis.
ENV 250H: Environmental Conservation on the Colorado Plateau
credit hours in Natural History, Environmental Science, or Ecology
There are few places on earth where ecological relationships
are more starkly apparent and where the underlying geologic strata are more
readily visible than the Grand Canyon Region.
Students will focus their study at the intersection of natural history,
geology, and ecology to discover the patterns and processes that frame regional
biodiversity. This stunningly beautiful landscape is also host to a myriad of
environmental issues ranging from endangered species management to uranium
mining and the impact of humans on native vegetation and animals. Climate
change and adaptation drive many of these pertinent ecological issues.
credit hours in Political Science or Environmental Science
This course will introduce students to some of the major
environmental and political issues of the region, including climate change,
water, forests, fire, restoration, development, tourism, and places sacred to
indigenous populations. Students will interact with primary stakeholders, such
as federal agency land managers, non-profits, environmentalists, and indigenous
people to understand the complexity of managing one of the world’s most
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.