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Overview of the Expedition Curriculum

Each expedition course falls into one of four Academic Strands. These strands support the weaving together of the coursework for gap year and undergraduate students into a cohesive learning community experience.

The integrated Academic Strands are:

* Reflective Practice in Leading and Education

* Culture: Diversity, Wisdom, and Justice

* Community and Personal Transformation

* Ecological Literacy and Consciousness

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How is the curriculum integrated?

Clearly formatted class time is devoted to each course through workshops and other approaches, yet we are more often synthesizing knowledge, perspective, and skills based on the diversity of course content through group activities, visits with experts, reading, reflecting, and writing.  Since students and faculty spend most of our time in a collaborative living and learning community, we often engage in informal and thought-provoking discussions over meals as well as during bus rides and while hiking on backpacks. Ongoing learning is also furthered through individual reflective journaling about one’s inner and outer journey – a requirement across all courses.

A Semester? Or a Year?

Spending a semester on a “bus” is an incredibly rich and transformative learning experience, one that will stay with you for a lifetime! The year-long experience adds power and depth, helping ground the first semester’s ideas and experiences in movement towards action for a more sustainable, just, and resilient world in a diversity of communities.

See our FAQ page for tuition, credit and other fees, and details on how you’ll save on a second semester.

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Gap Year & College Courses

A semester on the bus is made up of five 3-credit courses (15 credits for college-enrolled students), or you can enroll for a full year and experience new courses and a different region!

Sample Fall semester courses in the Pacific Northwest:

  • Leading and Learning for Transformation and Resilience
  • Worldviews and Culture
  • Learning Community as Personal and Social Change
  • Natural History and Ecology: A Systems Approach
  • Sustainable Solutions to Regional Environmental Concerns
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Your courses on a Spring semester in the Desert Southwest:

  • Leading and Learning for Transformation and Resilience
  • Human Ecology Throughout History
  • Learning Community as Personal and Social Change
  • Desert Natural History: Living Systems, Water Systems and Landscapes
  • Sustainable Practices and Policies

If you choose to enroll for a second semester on the bus new courses will include:

  • Communicating for Change: Leadership and Advocacy
  • Community and Ecological Citizenship

Go to specific semester pages to see courses and brief descriptions for upcoming semesters.