Grand Canyon Semester

 
Even though I grew up in the Southwest and have always been passionate about the area, GCS helped me solidify that passion and understand how valuable the area's natural resources are and how applicable and interconnected they are. Being immersed in the landscape provides a resonating, inspiring connection that can never be replicated in a classroom.   – Maddie, GCS 2012 from Flagstaff, Arizona 

Boundaries and Borders: Limitless Exploration of Environment, People, and Place

The 2018 Grand Canyon Semester investigates the landscape, cultures, and politics of the greater Grand Canyon region, offering a life-changing learning experience in the high mountains of northern Arizona and the deep canyon country of the Colorado Plateau. Students with a wide variety of interests and passions come from across the United States and around the world to join faculty in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities to investigate how humans impact, manage, interact with, and value the natural world. On backcountry field trips, in classrooms and art galleries, around campfires, in traditional hogans, and exploring the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, we confront key environmental and social challenges in these diverse natural and cultural landscapes.

The Grand Canyon Semester’s broad theme is boundaries and borders: Using interdisciplinary approaches, students experience how borders and boundaries shape the economic, political, artistic, ecological, social, and spiritual forces of the greater Grand Canyon region. Students explore how management, policy, and research strive to balance the complex issues affected by boundaries including climate change, mining, dams, tourism, land development, and biological and cultural diversity. The immersion into the interconnected regional issues pose challenging questions that foster critical thinking.

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The early application deadline for 2018 is December 1, 2017. 

The final application deadline is February 15, 2018. 

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The GCS offers a life-changing learning experience in the high mountains of northern Arizona and the deep canyon country of the Colorado Plateau.

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