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Courses


 Below is a sample of some of our courses. To find our current course offerings, click on the course grid above.

Law

Photo by Jackson Solway '08

Native Americans Under Federal Law looks at the external forces, laws, and Supreme Court rulings which shaped the status and culture of contemporary Native Americans. Included are policies that led to the forced removal of Native Americans, imposed assimilation, allocated land and natural resources, and changed Native American governance.

Environmental Law of the Southwest surveys major environmental laws and landmark court decisions affecting environmental policy in the Southwest.


Natural Sciences

Photo by Brian Linkhart

Field Zoology involves learning the tools of collection, identification, preservation, population studies and life histories of animals in (southwestern) regional ecosystems.

Ecology analyses distributions, abundances, and interrelationships of organisms, populations, communities, and regional ecosystems with implications for humans.

Environmental Chemistry focuses on the thermodynamics and kinetics of pollutants in the air, water, and soil.


Social Sciences

Photos by Maria Varela and Jackson Solway '08

The American Southwest uses an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach to examine histories, peoples, cultures, conflicting ethnic demands and common social problems.

Native Peoples of the Southwest provides fundamental building blocks to understand the distinctive differences between the major Native Nations of the Southwest including language and culture, colonization and resistance experiences, identity and cultural vitality, gender and social roles.

This Land is Our Land? Culture Clash in the Southwest explores the representation in literature of Southwestern land use and conflicts, the law and cultural perspectives. 

Nature, Region and Society of the Southwest examines social and natural science approaches to regional studies, centered on the Greater Southwest including geographic and regional research techniques such as GIS, field methods and air photos. 

Place, Space and the Southwest, analyzes the power of place and overlapping cultural geographies of Indigenous and European cultures in shaping the history, geography and landscapes of the region. It considers modern controversies such as land and water use, border issues, environmental challenges, and the maintenance of cultural heritage. 


Writing Intensive

Photo by Maria Varela

Speaking for Nature- Writing Natural History for Science and non-science majors who love nature and writing and want to gain a greater firsthand understanding of ecology and the natural sciences through experiencing natural history literature and intensive writing about the natural world. 

Environmental Justice in the SW utilizes several writing styles to examine colonialism and its impacts on indigenous people including air and water pollutants, toxic waste, land use, water, and grazing on public lands.

 


Spirituality

San Luis shrine. Photo by Scott Edmund

Sand and Sky - The Desert Experience From the Middle East to the American Southwest explores elements of spirituality that arise from life in an arid climate, and how the desert landscape has affected the “soulscape” of Abrahamic believers (Jewish, Christian, and Muslim) in the Middle East, medieval Spain, and the American Southwest.

Shamanism(s) is a critical examination of shamanic experience in locations as diverse as the Southwest, North American desert and plains, Australian bush, Artic expanse, and Amazonian jungles.