Study in the States

  • A line of students in a forest in the Pacific Northwest.
  • A group of students holding a W sitting at a news anchor desk at KPIX television station in San Francisco.
  • Honors college students holding a W flag standing in front of the California Institute of the Arts.
  • Three students kayaking in Louisiana.
  • 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!

2018 Study in the States application

Please note: General Education areas pending for all courses.

Spring 2018

NEW! HNRS 2900: Canyons, Sites and Springs of the Desert Southwest
9 days
Trip occurs over spring break March 3-11, 2018
This course is an engaging clockwise lap of the desert southwest and an exploration of culture, archaeology, and ecology. Punctuated by therapeutic soaks in hot springs, we visit the major sites of the Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi), including Chaco Canyon, Canyon De Chelly, and Mesa Verde. We will study petroglyphs and pictographs, ride horses and hike to remote sites, and frequent remarkable desert mesas and vistas. We will learn through active engagement in an experiential, open road, instructional pedagogy. Dr. Jeffrey Jones, Professor of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies, would be happy to answer questions about the course: Click here to download the flier.

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: Click here to download the flier.

Click here to check out a great video 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: or Click here to download the flier.

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 at with any questions  The course is open to all majors. Click here to download the flier.
News Coverage of Previous Walt’s Pilgrimages:
The LA Times
University of Missouri Kansas City News

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. You can check out their blog here!