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.

Upcoming Programs

Summer 2017

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Roger Anderson

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Alvord Basin, Oregon

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.

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Contact:
Garth Amundson

Pierre Gour

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Mary Janell Metzger

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Ashland, Oregon

Major Authors: Theatrical Shakespeare
English 423

Oregon Shakespeare Festival


5 credits
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.

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Contact:
Garth Amundson

Pierre Gour

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Info Sessions:
5:30 p.m. in FI 202

Winter 2017:
Wed. Feb. 15
Wed. March 1

Contact:
Garth Amundson
Pierre Gour

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New York City

Metro Art Access
ART 497E





6 credits
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.

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Contact:
Garth Amundson

Pierre Gour

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Past Programs

Summer 2016

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Contact:
Paul Stangl

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San Francisco

Exploring Great Cities: Neighborhood Geography and Planning
ENVS 368

4 credits (2 additional credits available)
Pre-departure session dates: June 10, 2016
Travel dates: June 13-22, 2016

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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Winter Break 2016

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 Patrick Buckley

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Hawaii

Exploring Great Cities: Sustainability in Paradise
ENVS 368

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.

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Contact:
 Patrick Buckley

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