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Program Description:
A domestic travel course exploring archaeology and environments of the American Southwest (New Mexico and Arizona).  Activities will include travel to cultural sites of prehistoric Native American groups including the Mimbres Mogollon, Hohokam, and Ancestral Puebloans and museums that exhibit cultural materials from ancient through modern times.  Students will explore architectural features, preservation issues, and environmental adaptations at archaeological sites.  The excellent preservation of much of the Southwest architecture is unique for North American archaeology and seeing it in person offers students an opportunity to experience the actual spaces created by past people.  Additionally, this course will explore a wide variety of arid ecosystems across the American Southwest.  The travel through desert and mountain terrains will demonstrate how adaptability in the past was vital to survival of ancient people and had great impacts on their cultural materials.  Finally, a trip to a Pueblo community will be a venue for examining issues affecting modern Native Americans.
 
        Students in this course will experience life in the ancient Southwest through exploration of archaeological sites and museums.  Most days of the course will include hikes and tours of different ecosystems to observe archaeological structures and materials.  Students will keep daily reflective journals of their observations and experiences and contribute to a course social media photo journal.  Assignments will also include a group/pair presentation on a topic pertaining to Southwest archaeology and a culminating reflection paper.  Finally, students will take part in an active learning experience in a Pueblo community, where they will engage with local individuals
 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Travel Sem- May 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.