Grand Canyon Semester is a 15-week, 16-credit semester that integrates in-depth study of the people, ecology, and politics of the Grand Canyon region with field trips, classroom discussions, and research projects. From collecting field data for ecological study at a working cattle ranch and assisting with vegetation restoration work at Grand Canyon National Parks to visiting sheep farmers near a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation, students will gain wide-ranging experience and knowledge about the uniqueness of the Grand Canyon region. These once-in-a-lifetime opportunities provided by the Grand Canyon Semester embed physical and intellectual exploration into one of our Nation’s most spectacular and iconic landscapes.
for course descriptions, program dates, and student expectations.
Program Eligibility - Academics
Grand Canyon Semester is an academically rigorous program that requires extensive writing, critical thinking, creative ability, and focused research. Due to the academic rigor of the program, it is open to honors students and “honors-eligible” students.
Timeline for Application and Admission Decisions
We do expect the semester to fill quickly, so students who want to guarantee a spot may want to consider submitting their application in time for the early decision deadline of December 1st. Student applicants will be notified of their acceptance within two weeks of the application deadlines.
December 1, 2013 Applications due for early admission
February 15, 2014 Applications due for regular admission
March 1, 2014 Signed participation agreements & deposits due