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. Emphasis will be placed on contemporary cultures.
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 (3 credits)
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
Directed Study – Independent Research Project (4
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.