Study USA logoFaculty-led USA Learning Programs provide an opportunity to have hands-on study and service learning experiences throughout the United States. Students can choose from a variety of programs led by Western faculty throughout the year, and earn Western credits.

Curious about what type of programs are offered? See below for a listing of our upcoming courses and past programs.  

Summer 2018 Programs

New York City

New York city buildingMetro Art Access: NYC 2018

ART 497E

6 credits
Pre-departure session dates: 5/2, 5/16, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 2018
5:30 p.m. FI 202
Travel dates: Tuesday, June 26 - Friday, July 6, 2018
 (WWU City Center Exhibition Dates in Fall 2018 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.

Contact: Garth Amundson & Pierre Gour

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Wed. Feb. 7, 5:30 p.m. in FI 202

Wed. March. 7, 5:30 p.m. in FI 202

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Past Programs


HawaiiExploring Great Cities: Sustainability in Paradise

ENVS 368

4 credits - applied to Fall Quarter.
Pre-departure session dates: Sat. Nov. 17, Sat. Dec. 2, and Fri. Sat. Dec. 15-16
Travel dates: December 17-24, 2017

Join Dr. Patrick Buckley, WWU Department of Environmental Studies faculty for this 4-credit, winter break course to Honolulu Hawaii. After preparation at WWU (in person or by Skype) you will spend 8 days and 7 nights on this field methods course examining sustainability in one of the world's 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.

Contact: Patrick Buckley

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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.

Contact: Roger Anderson

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Ashland, Oregon

Ashland, OregonMajor Authors: Theatrical Shakespeare

English 423

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.

Contact: Mary Janell Metzger

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Wild Wyoming

Friends happy in WyomingPlace-Based Environmental Learning

ENVS 496

5 credits

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.

Contact: Wendy Walker

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