Faculty-led USA Learning Programs
Study language, culture, and explore service learning as part of your Western experience with Faculty-led USA Learning Programs.
Faculty-led USA Learning Programs provides ways for students to travel and study with Western faculty and earn Western credits with various programs throughout the year.
Exploring Great Cities: Neighborhood Geography and Planning
4 credits (2 additional credits available)
Pre-departure session dates: June 9, 2017
Travel dates: June 12 - 21, 2017
Join Western faculty and students to explore neighborhoods in the San Francisco area and learn concepts and themes in urban geography and urban planning.
5:30 p.m. in FI 202
Wed. Feb. 15
Wed. March 1
New York City
Metro Art Access
Pre-departure session dates: 4/5, 5/3, 5/17, 5/31 2017
Travel dates: Tuesday, June 20 - Friday, June 30, 2017
(B-Gallery Exhibition Dates in Fall 2017 TBD)
This 6-credit WP1 course offers Art/Non-Majors the opportunity to visit New York City with two practicing artists and faculty members familiar with the city. Students will participate in a variety of activities ranging from touring major public museums and institutions, such as The MET, MoMA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, to exclusive visits with artists, curators, and gallery owners. Using NYC as the classroom students will learn by experiencing celebrated historic and contemporary art in one of the world’s largest art centers. Repeatable. No prerequisites required.
Ecological Methods and Research in Reptile Ecology
Biol 408 and 409
6 credits each, 12 credits total
Pre-departure session dates: June 13- June 29, 2017
Travel/location dates: June 20-July 15, 2017
Return session dates: July 16-July 28, 2017
Students will obtain experience in theory and practice of field research, particularly in reptile ecology. We will measure distribution and abundance of a few focal species of reptiles in three habitats. Students will also pursue small team research projects in behavioral and physiological ecology of reptiles, wherein there is a very real potential for publication. Students will learn and perform a variety of techniques used for measuring essential features of the microclimate (e.g., spatiotemporal patterns in temperature, humidity, wind, direct and reflected insolation), vegetation (plant form, diversity, and distribution), and terrestrial invertebrates (spatiotemporal patterns in distribution, abundance, and diversity). Comparisons of technique effectiveness and reliability will be enhanced by work in three mesohabitats.
Major Authors: Theatrical Shakespeare
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Pre-departure session dates: July 17 - July 28, 2017
Travel dates: July 31 - August 7, 2017
This course will explore the historical, formal and living nature of Shakespeare's drama via intensive study of Shakespeare's plays and early modern theatre and by experiencing contemporary productions of both open air and contained performances of Shakespeare's plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.
Place-Based Environmental Learning
Pre-departure session dates: Online orientation and pre-trip assignment due Aug. 1
Travel dates: Sept. 5-14 (students responsible for personal travel to site)
Wyoming! Land of sweeping vistas, rugged mountains and sprawling ranches. The owners of HF Bar Ranch, a historic guest ranch, have invited WWU faculty and students to help them transition from a traditional guest ranch to an environmental learning facility. Students will develop materials and programs to train the ranch staff in techniques to educate guests about local ecosystems, culture, history and environmental issues.
Pre-Reqs: None: environmental education or field science courses and experience preferred.
Winter Break 2016
Exploring Great Cities: Sustainability in Paradise
4 credits - applied to Fall Quarter.
Pre-departure session dates: December 9-10, 2016 (Readings assigned in November)
Travel dates: December 11-18, 2016
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 on this field methods course examining great cities, exploring concepts and themes in human geography and urban planning provide a framework for the analysis of the human environments and the forces and efforts that shape them.