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*WCU Summer in Alaska and Canada: Geography of the Far North
Fairbanks, United States; Juneau, United States; Whitehorse, Canada (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Other (see "accommodations" section below for details)
Area of Study: Geography Program Type: WCU Faculty/Staff-Led Program Abroad
Credit Type: Direct WCU Credit Available to Non-WCU Students?: Yes
Faculty/Staff Director: Joy Fritschle College: Business & Public Management
Program Description:
Program Description:
This program will introduce students to the environmental and cultural geography of the Far North in Alaska and Yukon Territory. As we travel through the region, students will learn about the biogeography and economic development of temperate rainforest and tundra ecosystems, the environmental and human geography of the Arctic including issues facing indigenous peoples, and the impact of climate change on the far north. We will explore the region’s environmental and socioeconomic development, particularly through the lens of sustainability and in response to a changing climate. Trip activities will include visits to the largest national forests and parks in the U.S. (Tongass, Denali, etc.), historic sites from the Klondike Gold Rush, the state and provincial capital cities of Juneau and Whitehorse, the Southeast Alaska Native Peoples Celebration—a large indigenous cultural event, and the Summer Solstice Festival and midnight sun baseball game in the city of Fairbanks. In addition, students will gain a new perspective on life in the far north as we experience nearly 24 hours of daylight during the entire trip.

Alaska, U.S. and Yukon Territory, Canada
All participants will be staying in residence halls at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, hotels, hostels, and campsites.
All instruction for this program will be conducted in English.
All students will enroll in a 3-credit course at either the undergraduate or graduate level. The undergraduate course is GEO301: United States & Canada; the graduate course is GEO502: Topical Seminar in Geography. GEO301 counts toward the BS in Geography, BS in Urban & Environmental Planning, and the minor program in Geography. GEO502 counts toward the MS in Geography and the Master’s in Urban & Regional Planning.
Some of the trip’s highlights will include visits to Glacier Bay National Park and the Mendenhall Glacier, hiking in Denali National Park and Tongass National Forest, the Native Southeast Alaskans Celebration in Juneau, Klondike Gold Rush Historic Park, a ride on one of the most beautiful and remote railways in the world along the historic Klondike Trail, the capital city of Yukon Territory: Whitehorse, a drive along the Alcan Highway, the city of Fairbanks annual Summer Solstice festival and midnight sun baseball game, and a day-trip up to the Arctic Circle.
In addition to the regular WCU tuition rates for the 3 credit hour course, the Program Fee, excluding airfare, will be $2,800. This will include round-trip airfare from Philadelphia to Alaska, lodging for 13 nights, 4 group meals, in-country transportation, and excursion/admission fees to museums and parks. Students will be responsible for transportation to and from the Philadelphia airport, most meals, and optional activities such as fishing and boating excursions. In addition, all students will be billed a non-refundable $100 study abroad application fee upon applying to the program.
This program has received the Global Rams Initiative designation for 2019-2020, which allows for underrepresented minority students that participate in this program the opportunity to apply for the WCU Global Rams Initiative Scholarship for Study Abroad. All students are also encouraged to review the Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Travel Awards listed on the Center for International Programs website. Students in the College of Business and Public Management will be eligible to apply for the CBPM Dean’s scholarship.
Dr. Joy Fritschle, Geography & Planning Department
BPMC 525

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