Study in the States

  • Emily Stewart on a Study in the States trip.
  • Students on the Walt's Pilgrimage trip jumping with a WMU flag.
  • Students on a Study in the States trip.

A unique program in the Lee Honors College

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 offers educational opportunities that 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 below. All courses are 3 credit hours and fulfill WES Level 3 Connections: Local and National Perspectives. Follow us online using #LHCSIS!

Study in the States will resume in 2022 - apply by Oct. 27 to be considered for one of these outstanding courses. In order for your Study in the States application to be reviewed, you must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide a copy of the email sent to you by Sindecuse Health Center verifying your fully vaccinated status. Only submit a copy of the email message from Sindecuse. Do not submit vaccination records, cards, or other medical information.

HNRS 2900: Canyons, Sites, and Springs of the Desert Southwest Study in the States

This course is an investigation 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. Travel will take place March 3 - 12, 2022. Other in-person class meetings to be determined. Led by Dr. Jeffrey Jones.

HNRS 2900: US/Mexican Border Awareness Experience

This course is an immersion experience that will submerge the students in the culture and the realities of life at the US/Mexican border. Students will learn about issues related to the border such as immigration, economic development, human rights and social justice. It will take place in El Paso, Texas - one of the main entry points into the US for undocumented workers and refugees from Mexico and Central America seeking asylum. Travel will take place April 30 - May 7, 2022. Other in-person class meetings to be determined. *Note: All students will receive an “Incomplete” grade at the end of the spring semester.  Following completion of the debriefing meeting in May, the “Incomplete” grade will be removed, and a final grade will be submitted to the registrar. Led by Denise Bowen.

HNRS 2900: The American Experience: From the Slave Trade to the Great Migration and on to Civil Rights

This course explores the enslavement of people of African descent and the profound impact on the United States of America (USA) across centuries, and the legacy effects that continue as discrimination and social and economic injustice.  This course will cover content related to (a) a brief introduction to the beginning of slavery as a contextual underpinning (the Triangular Trade in slaves: Trans-Saharan, Trans-Atlantic, and Indian Ocean); (b) an overview of slavery in the USA; (c) a summary of the antislavery and emancipation movements; (d) an overview the great migration and of the major milestones of the civil rights movement; and (e) an assessment of the context of the current human rights violations, discrimination, social, economic, and environmental justice experienced by various minorities in the USA. Travel will take place April 24 - 30, 2022. Other in-person class meetings to be determined. Led by Marian Tripplett and Dr. Mioara Diaconu.

HNRS 2900: Walt's Pilgrimage: A Journey in the Life of Walter Elias Disney

This unique, biographical road trip will take you from birth to death of the famous Walt Disney. This historical journey will include most of the significant places in Walt's life. More than 30 destinations with a connection to Walt will be visited in as much chronological order as possible. This experience will include stops at 2 official Disney museums and Disneyland. We will learn about Walt's struggles, risks, and successes -- through the lens of his impact on American history and culture. This trip offers an exclusive perspective on Walt Disney, beyond what most of us know from our own personal Disney experiences. Travel will take place June 9 - 17, 2022. Other in-person class meetings to be determined. Led by Dr. Christopher Tremblay.