Grand Canyon Semester
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
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.
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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