Faculty-led Global Learning Programs

Study language, culture, and explore service learning as part of your Western experience with Faculty-led Global Learning Programs.

Faculty-led Global Learning Programs provides ways for students to travel and study with Western faculty and earn Western credits with various programs throughout the year.

 

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Fall 2014

ChinaChina:
Changing China

SOC 437
Changing China: Culture, Community, and Citizenship

 

 

 

15 credits
Pre-departure dates: September 24 - October 7, 2014
Travel dates: October 20 - November 12, 2014

Join Western faculty and Western students on this study abroad experience of a lifetime and gain a global perspective on one of the oldest civilizations with the fastest economic growth rate in the world. This course will serve as a window through which the students can experience and understand multifaceted nature of change and continuity in Chinese society today. 

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Contact:

Baozhen Luo

 

 

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Costa RicaCosta Rica:

RECR 337B: Eco-Adventure and Cultural Tourism

 

 

 

4 credits
Pre-departure Dates: Carver Gym 110; September 29, 2014 & November 2, 2014 from 3-5 p.m. (WWU AND ONLINE)
Travel dates: December 15 - 29, 2014

Join Western students and faculty for this hands-on international ecotourism. Students will participate in a variety of adventure and cultural activities illustrating how ecotourism is a useful tool for promoting local economic development, strengthening communities, conserving the environment, and empowering/preserving culture/heritage. 

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Contact:
Jasmine Goodnow

 

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Himalayas, India

India:
Global Health in the
Himalayas

FAIR 437d 
Medical Services in Rural Communities

 

15 credits
Pre-departure session dates: September 22-29, 2014
Travel dates: October 1 – November 30, 2014

Global Health in the Himalayas is an intensive two-month field program that encompasses studies in health care delivery and public health in an international context. Under the guidance of medical professionals, it will deepen your understanding of medicine and public health by facilitating its practical application in a field setting. A primary focus will be on how Himalaya communities respond to critical social and health challenges, in ways that promote sustainability and well-being.

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Contact:

Dr. Frank James
Charlie Ashbaugh

 

 

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Hawaii

USA:
Hawaii

ENVS 368  
Exploring Great Cities: Honolulu - Sustainability in Paradise

 

4 credits
Pre-departure session dates: TBD
Travel dates: December 14 – 21, 2014

Join Dr. Patrick Buckley, WWU Department of Environmental Studies faculty, for this 4-credit, winter break course to Honolulu Hawaii. You will spend 8 days and 7 nights exploring this tropical urban center.

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Contact:
Patrick Buckley

 

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Winter 2015

Kenya

Kenya: INTL 437H
Field Studies and Collaborative
International Service-Learning

 

 

15 credits
Pre-departure dates: January 6 - 16, 2015
Travel dates: January 19 - March 2, 2015

Join Western faculty and students this winter for a service learning program in Kenya. Students will actively collaborate with in-country experts in the implementation of selected field experiences to gain an understanding of the culture and politics of the region.

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Contact:
Tim Costello

 

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IrelandIreland:
International Adult Education Service Learning In Ireland 

AHE 437 International Adult Education Service Learning In Ireland


5 credits
Pre-departure session dates: January 6 - February 17, 2015 (campus and online)
Travel dates: February 20 - March 2, 2015
Return session dates: March 3 - 10, 2015 (Online)

Travel to Dublin this winter with Western and participate in a service learning experience in an international adult education setting. Students will collaborate with international community and adult learning providers to design and/or facilitate adult education workshops to accomplish local educational goals. Pre-Fieldwork coursework also offers comparative analysis of international adult education policies and practices.   

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Contact:
Deb Nelli

 

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ThailandThailand/Burma 2015

FAIR 437A
Discover SE Asia: Field Research and Service-Learning

 

 

15 credits
Pre-departure dates: January 5 - 9, 2015
Travel dates: January 13 - March 6, 2015

Discover Southeast Asia is an intensive two-month field program that explores environmental and social justice issues in Northern Thailand and Burma. It will introduce you to Southeast Asia’s incredible diversity of culture and environment; a place of a saffron clad monks, steamy tropical jungles and ancient civilizations.

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Contact:
Charles Ashbaugh

 

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Spring Break 2015

MexicoMexico/Arizona

FAIR 397J
US-Mexico Border Field Course


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Contact:
Shirley Osterhaus


IrelandNew Orleans:
Nature, Culture & the City

ENVS 368 Nature, Culture & the City


 

4 credits
Pre-departure session dates: January 12, February 27, March 2, 2015
Travel dates: March 20-28, 2015

Join Western faculty and students on this examination of New Orleans’ historic development & contemporary culture, focusing on the relationship between the physical city, its natural setting, its culture and industry. We will look particularly at how culture works as a mediating force shaping the use of nature as a resource, and attempts to reduce its threats to life and property, as well as the intended and unintended consequences of human activities and their impacts on culture.

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Contact:
Paul Stangl

 

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Summer 2015

BarcelonaCanada:
French Language and Cultures in Montreal, Canada

FREN 337a French Language in Montreal & FREN 337b French Culture in Montreal

8 credits (4 credits each)

Travel/international location dates: July 11-August 1, 2015
Return session dates: First week of fall quarter

Join Western faculty and students on this faculty-led program to Canada for students of French. A 4-week program in Montréal, home to the second-largest French-speaking community in the world.  Students will be hosted by the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) which has had a strong relationship with our Canadian-American Studies Program for many years. Our UQAM contacts are graciously assisting us in the planning of student housing, meals, local transportation, and other program-related expenses.

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Contact:
Christina Keppie

 

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Germany:
Summer Design Abroad

DSGN 375
Summer Design in Germany & Switzerland

 

7 credits
Pre-departure dates: May 29, June 5, August 21 and 24, 2015
Travel dates: August 26 – September 13, 2015

The Summer Design Abroad: Germany & Switzerland course is offered as an opportunity for students to gain an international perspective on contemporary design and an understanding and respect for the influential history of design within these European regions. The course will be comprised of tours of modern art and design museums, street art and galleries, and design studios; hands-on workshops with design professionals; excursions to historic landmarks

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Contact:
Kacey Morrow
Brittany Schade

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Greece:
Athens
Its Culture and Literature

ENG 337

 

 

6 Credits
Pre-departure session dates: June 23 – July 18, 2015
Travel dates: September 1 - 14, 2015
Return session dates: September 28, 2015

Travel with Western faculty and students while investigating some of the most important works of ancient Greek literature including the famous Greco-Roman myths. Students will study major genres and styles of Greek literature as well as the relationship of this literature to social and political phenomena. During the two-week itinerary in Greece, students will travel to locales, which are incontestably the most significant archaeological sites in the country.

Info Session:

4 p.m. Monday, December 1 | CH135

Contact:
Nicholas Margaritis

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Greece:
Sustainable Ithaca

ENVS 437P Mediterranean Sustainable Planning Studio

 

 

10 Credits
Pre-departure session dates: (Spring Quarter) TBD
Travel dates: June 30- July 14, 2015
Return session dates: August 1-24, 2015

Explore Mediterranean architecture and culture while performing fieldwork in the Aegean Islands and on the small coastal Ionian Island of Kioni Village in Ithaca, Greece. This hands-on study abroad program will treat students as entry-level professionals.

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Contact:
Nicholas Zaferatos

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GuatemalaGuatemala:
Building Cross-Cultural Connections

CSD 437
Building Cross-Cultural Connections in Guatemala


10 credits
Pre-departure dates: May 8-10, 2015 and June 23-26, 2015
Travel dates: June 28 - July 29, 2015
Return session dates: July 30 - August 1, 2015

Explore Guatemala and expand your cultural competence by engaging in cross-cultural service and immersion. Students will participate in worthwhile and meaningful service while working with children and families in educational, health and food distribution projects.

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Contact:
Michael Frass

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India:
Himalaya Culture & Ecology

FAIR437b
Field Program in Ladakh, India

 

12 credits
Pre-departure dates: June 15-19, 2015
Travel dates: June 23-August 2, 2015

Join Western faculty and students on this remarkable journey to Himalayas. Western Washington University in association with the Institute for Village Studies offers students an in-depth, cross-cultural educational program in the Himalaya communities of Ladakh.

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Contact:
Charlie Ashbaugh

Liz Mogford

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BarcelonaItaly:
Art in Italy

ART 394 - Art Workshop in Italy

7 credits
Travel dates : June 26 – July 17, 2015

Art Workshop in Italy is an intensive course that takes place in Central and Northern Italy. In this class students will explore Italian art and culture with an international perspective on contemporary art. This year the course will integrate aspects of art and architecture in Rome, Florence and Venice. Readings and studio–based projects will reflect on visits to sites, exhibitions, museums and galleries. Students at all levels are able to take this course.

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Contact:
Cara Jaye
Cynthia Camlin

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BarcelonaItaly:
Study food this summer in Italy

ENVS 437L Ecogastronomy Intensive: Food Culture in Italy

10 credits
Pre-departure session dates: June 14-15, 2015 (with additional 2-5 meetings)
Florence, Italy: June 21-July 5, 2015
Optional excursion: Switzerland (June 18-21, 2015)
Return session dates: (July and August field trips – optional, individual meetings with Gigi, class  reunion in October)
Note: Course readings are completed (and students are examined) before the Italy portion; Course work is due in August

This food course begins with a culinary intensive in Bellingham, also available online, then moves to Florence, Italy, where students study Italian and food culture of Italy. Students also study at the prestigious University of Florence sensory taste sciences department.

Study is with renowned European faculty, Erminio Monteleone,Caterina Dinella, and Johannes Wirz (Switzerland excursion) as well as with Western professor, Gigi Berardi.

Info Session:

2:30 p.m. Monday December 1 | AH225

noon Thursday
December 4 | CH231

3 p.m. Thursday December 4 | AH225

Contact:
Gigi Berardi, Ph.D.

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BarcelonaMexico:
Mexico – Queretaro: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

 

 

9-14 credits, TESL Classes

Earn Western credits towards your degree AND a certificate that will qualify you to teach English around the world. Start TESOL courses at Western this spring and early summer (online or face-to-face) and complete the program with a four or eight-week cultural immersion and teaching experience in the beautiful Mexican city of Querétaro.

Info Session:


Contact:

Trish Skillman

 

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BarcelonaNepal: Religion, History, and Modernity in Nepal

LBRL 437: Kathmandu at the Crossroads Religion, History, and Modernity in Nepal

 

12 credits
Pre-departure session dates: June 15-18, 2015
Travel/international location dates: July 27-August 31, 2015

Join us for an exciting immersion experience in the mountains of Nepal. Visit ancient temples, participate in timeless festivals, and learn conversational Nepali as we explore the Kathmandu Valley, a crossroads of culture and history.  The highlight of the trip is a two-week trek into the “forbidden kingdom” of Upper Mustang, a striking landscape where Tibetan Buddhism and the Bön religion flourish in caves and monasteries.  We will engage with the people there and learn about their struggle to balance tradition and a rapidly encroaching modernity.

Info Session:

4 p.m. Tuesday
December 2 | CH135

Contact:
Michael Slouber

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South Africa:
Nongovernmental Organizations in Development

PLSC 437G and HSP 437G5

 

12 credits
Travel/international location dates : July 5 - August 20, 2015
Return session dates : September 30, 2015

Explore the growing role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in bringing social development to South Africa. Engage in a rich experiential learning opportunity highlighting the history, culture, and politics of the region, while exploring the challenges that South Africans face and their many assets that contribute to community development. Examine grassroots and (NGO)-initiated approaches to community development and apply these perspectives to your own academic area of interest. Contribute to the well-being of our host community, Kurland Village, in the Crags region of South Africa.

Info Session:

3:30 p.m. Thursday November 20 | MH258

 

Contact:
Vernon Johnson
John Korsmo

 

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Past Programs

Canada:
Study Canada Summer Institute

C/AM 410
Study Canada

 

 

3 credits or 40 clock hours
June 26 - July 1, 2014 in Ottawa, ON and Montréal QC (2N)

Learn about Canada, its capital, and the distinct cultures that have formed the second largest nation in the world. Witness parliamentary democracy with special sessions in the Parliament Buildings and learn about the importance of Canada-US relations at the US Embassy. Develop a lesson plan on Canada that meets NCSS/state standards and receive multiple classroom materials that will help you improve curriculum connections to Canada.

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Contact:
Tina Storer

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China:
Chinese Language and Cultural Studies in Beijing and Hangzhou

CHIN 237/CHIN 337 Chinese Language and Cultural Studies

15 credits
Pre-departure session dates: August 8, 2014
Travel dates: August 15 - September 13, 2014

Join Western faculty in an intensive study of Chinese language and culture in Beijing, China. Improve your language skills and advance your cultural competence further than you could accomplish in regular classroom teaching.

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Contact:
Janet Xing

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GuatemalaGuatemala:
Building Cross-Cultural Connections

CSD 437
Building Cross-Cultural Connections in Guatemala


10 credits
June 30- July 29, 2014

Explore Guatemala and expand your cultural competence by engaging in cross-cultural service and immersion. Students will participate in worthwhile and meaningful service while working with children and families in educational, health and food distribution projects.

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Contact:
Michael Frass

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India:
International Business Profile of India

IBUS 437 International Business Study Abroad in India

6 credits
Pre-departure session Dates: (Bellingham) June 24, 2-4 p.m.
Aug 25, 26, & 27; 9 a.m. -12 noon
Travel dates: September 1-17

Explore the interaction between business and the environment using India as a laboratory. Travel and study with students from business, Huxley College of the Environment and other WWU students. Learn to apply business skills in the changing economics and social environment of India.  Business principles cannot be learned and experienced without the context of a sustainable environment.

Students concerned with the environment will meet the business imperatives of a developing country.   By studying together, you will learn that many principles apply to both areas, and better understand the relationships between business and natural systems.

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Contact:
Dr. Joseph Correa

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https://studyabroad.wwu.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11815Italy:
Literature and Art in Italy

ENG 337
From Text to Fresco: The great age of art in Italy

 

6 credits
Pre-departure session dates:  June 25-July 11, 2014
Travel dates:-September 1 - 14, 2014

Learn about the great age of art in Italy from Late Gothic to the high Renaissance. Travel with Western Faculty, Nicholas Margaritis, through the fascinating cities of Padova, Florence, Arezzo, Assisi, Orvieto and Rome.

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Contact:
Nicholas Margaritis

 

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Italy:
Tuscan Language and Culture

ITAL 137A
First Year Italian
INTL 305
Tuscan Language and Culture

5 credits each
Travel dates: August 4 -24, 2014

Join Dr. Massimiliano Tomasi from the Department of Modern and Classical Languages for this 10-credit, four-week program including ITAL and INTL courses. This is the only Faculty-led Global Learning Program at Western where students can learn Italian on site, in a formal academic setting, and earn Western credits for the class.

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Contact:
Dr. Massimiliano
Tomasi

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Japan:
Study Art &
Art History in Japan

Art 396/AHI 396 Summer Art; Art History Program in Japan 2014

7 credits
Travel dates: June 19 – July 8, 2014

Join Western faculty on this introduction to both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Fukui. Students will visit historical sites, galleries, artists’ studios, markets, museums, and department stores (well-known as transmitters of contemporary popular culture). They will also participate in dyeing and papermaking.

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Contact:
Seiko Atsuta Purdue
Julia Sapin


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Barcelona

Mexico:
Tropical Marine Biology

BIOL 437A and BIOL 437B
Tropical Marine Biology


12 credits
Travel dates: June 28 – August 3, 2014

Learn tropical marine biology in the Gulf of California, Mexico, along with Mexican students.  The Biology Department will offer a 12-credit upper-division course called Tropical Marine Biology (Biol 437A&B) during the summer of 2014 (June 28 through Aug 3) in La Paz, Mexico. 

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Contact:
Alejandro Acevedo Deborah Donovan Benjamin Miner

 

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Barcelona

Mexico:
ELLs in Mexico

ELL 437A Methods and Materials for Teaching ELLs in Grades P-12 and/or ELL 437B Methods and Materials for Academic Language Proficiency in Grades P-12

5 credits each
Pre-departure session dates: May 16 or May 17, 2014
Travel dates: July 20 – August 24, 2014
Return session dates: September 4, 2014

Explore ELL Methods in Queretaro, Mexico this summer. Take language classes based on your level of Spanish and live with a host family for 5 weeks. Visit Mexican schools and teach English to ELLs, and discover innovative approaches to the teaching of language and literacy. 

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Contact:

Jennifer Green

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Field Studies and Collaborative Intl. Service Learning in Rwanda

Rwanda:
Field Studies and Collaborative International Service Learning

INTL 437I
Field Studies and Collaborative Intl. Service Learning in Rwanda 

15 credits
Travel dates: June 24 – August 15, 2014

Join Western faculty and students to explore the history and cultures of Rwanda through a 9-week program that include intensive pre-trip preparation and seven weeks in country. Students will actively collaborate with in-country experts in the implementation of selected field experiences.

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Contact:
Tim Costello

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Ecotourism: Community, Culture and Conservation in PeruPeru:
Ecotourism: Community, Culture and Conservation

RECR 437B Ecotourism in Peru

 

5 credits
Pre-departure dates: June 25-July 12, 2014  (WWU and online)
Travel dates: August 30 – September 21, 2014

Join Western Washington University on this remarkable Exploration Seminar into Peru's Cordillera Blanca (White Mountains), the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Amazon to explore and investigate the issues of tourism and ecotourism and its environmental and cultural impacts and its power to help preserve natural area and the well-being of the people.

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Contact:
Jasmine Goodnow

 

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BarcelonaSpain:
Discover Culture, Language and Philosophy in Barcelona

LING 237B Introduction to Linguistic Science; PHIL 237A Introduction to Philosophy: Moral Issues and Global Justice

10 credits (5 credits each)
Travel dates: June 23 - July 25, 2014

Study philosophy and the diversity and complexity of language in an international environment and complete 10 GUR credits

Experience Barcelona with BarcelonaSAE!

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Contact:
Kristin Denham

Ned Markosian

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OregonUSA:
Ecological Methods and Research in Oregon

BIOL 408/409 Ecological Methods/Research Reptile Ecology

12 credits (6 credits each)
Course dates: June 17 - July 31, 2014
Travel dates: June 24 – July 18, 2014

Join Western faculty and students traveling to the Oregon Great Basin Desert. During this course students will obtain experience in theory and practice of field research, particularly in reptile ecology. Students measure distribution and abundance of a few focal species of reptiles in three habitats. Also in this course, students will work on small team research projects in behavioral and physiological ecology of reptiles.

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Contact:
Roger A. Anderson

Travel Application

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San FranciscoUSA:
San Francisco Neighborhood Geography and Planning

ENVS 368
Exploring Great Cities


4 credits
Pre-departure session dates: June 16, 2014
Travel dates: June 19 – 28, 2014

Join Western faculty and students to explore neighborhoods in the San Francisco area and learn concepts and themes in urban geography and urban planning.

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Contact:
Paul Stangl

 

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WyomingUSA:
Wild Wyoming: Place-Based Environmental Learning

ENVS 496 Environmental Stewardship
ENVS 498C
Senior Project

10 credits (5 credits each)
Travel dates: September 3 - 17, 2014

Join Western faculty and students for an amazing  experience on a working guest ranch in Wyoming.  Students will work with a small learning community to develop a vision for a future environmental learning center.

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Contact:
Wendy Walker

 

 

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