Study in the States

  • A line of students in a forest in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Anasazi dwellings as seen by honors students on the Desert Southwest trip.
  • Honors college students holding a W flag standing in front of the California Institute of the Arts.
  • An honors college student wearing a Study in the States t-shirt stands in front of Anasazi dwellings with her back to the camera.
  • Students holding a W and a newspaper standing in front of the San Francisco Chronicle sign.

Study in the States logo which is a graphic of the continental United States and the words Study in the States. Study in the States is a unique program in the Lee Honors College

Study in the States is a unique program in the Lee Honors College offering educational opportunities that will take place outside the classroom.Except for the cost of tuition, expenses will be paid by the honors college. All trip descriptions, including dates, are included in the honors college course catalog. Follow us online using #LHCSIS!

2019 Courses:

2019 Study in the States courses are being developed now and will be announced this fall. Application deadline for those courses will be Fri., Nov. 2 at 5 p.m.

Summer I 2018

HNRS 2900: Therapeutic Gardens of the Pacific Northwest
8 days
April 29-May 6, 2018
Did you know that research finds that time spent in nature is good for your mind and body? This course will explore the majestic and breathtaking beauty of the Pacific Northwest, tour several award-winning healing gardens, learn about the value of access to well-designed therapeutic gardens and how they may positively influence human behavior, health, and well-being. We will also help install a healing garden in Seattle. Dr. Amy Wagenfeld, OTR/L, SCEM, FAOTA, would be happy to answer questions about the course. Please contact her via email.

Check out a great video on YouTube from this Study in the States course! 

NEW! HNRS 2900: Hawaii’s Garden Island and the Future of Sustainability Everywhere
12 days
May 2018
May 7 - half day meeting in Kalamazoo with orientation and field trip.
May 10 - earliest possible departure to Hawaii.
May 21 - latest possible return to Michigan.
This 12-day field course on Hawaii’s “garden island,” Kauai, explores how culture, religion and history have shaped the island’s development over a millennium, made it sustainable in the past, and will challenge its future sustainability. Important note: This course entails some physical challenges, including primitive
sleeping accommodations (e.g., shared bunk houses), foot travel on uneven, slippery slopes in a rain forest, and the preparation of all our own shared meals. Students will need to travel light but have appropriate gear (such as a sleeping bag suitable for nights in damp, 40 degree conditions as well as sturdy shoes for hiking). Dr. Sarah Hill, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, and Dr. Cybelle Shattuck, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Comparative Religion, would be happy to answer questions about the course via email.

Summer II 2018

HNRS 2900:  Walt’s Pilgrimage: A Journey in the Life of Walt Disney
9 days
July 12-20, 2018
Travel with honors college and WMU alumnus Dr. Christopher Tremblay to explore the legacy of Walt Disney, beginning in Chicago at Disney’s birthplace and ending in California at his gravesite. Contact Dr. Tremblay via email with any questions  The course is open to all majors.
News Coverage of Previous Walt’s Pilgrimages:
The LA Times
University of Missouri Kansas City News
"This class taught me so much about dreams, perseverance and success."

Honors students traveled to San Francisco in May 2017 with School of Communication professor Sue Ellen Christian to explore media literacy and how marginalized populations are affected by media portrayals for a Study in the States course. Be sure to check out their blog!