Santa Clara University

International Programs Office

SCU Baja Program



Baja ExpeditionBaja Spring Break Sea Kayak Expedition



 

Term: Spring Break (Winter courses)
Date:
Spring 2010
Cost: tbd
Housing: tents (yes, tents!)
Emphasis: Environmental Studies, Sea Kayak Expedition, 3rd Writing,

Language Requirement:
None
Program Co-Directors:  Prof. John Farnsworth and Prof. Elizabeth Dahlhoff


Program Overview:
  Co-sponsored by the International Programs Office (IPO) and the Environmental Studies Institute (ESI), this faculty-led Spring Break Sea Kayak Expedition to the desert island of Espiritu Santo enables students to participate in an international program with an academic component. Students are required to take the two courses which are offered in a single Tuesday / Thursday 9:55 AM slot. .


Course Offerings: Students must take both classes during the Winter Quarter in order to participate in the Spring Break expedition.

ENVS 142b, Environmental Writing
Instructor: Prof. John Farnsworth
This course engages students in ecocritical reading and writing about the natural history of Baja California Sur. The on-campus portion of the course prepares students to engage in first-hand explorations of the environment in and around the Sea of Cortez. During the on-site portion of the course, students will compile extensive field notes in preparation for the composition of their own natural histories. Taught in conjunction with ENVS 144. Fulfills the 3rd writing core requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL 1 & 2. Enrollment by application only. Travel fees required. Fulfills third writing core requirement. May be taken as ENGL 174.


BIOL 144, Natural History of Baja
Instructor: Prof. Elizabeth Dahlhoff
Baja California is a land of extremes, of great beauty, and of incredible biological diversity. Humans have inhabited Baja for many thousands of years but have only recently begun to transform it. This course will examine the challenges of sustainable development in a resource rich but ecologically fragile environment. Students will study the natural history of Baja with an emphasis on Espiritu Santo Island, where we will spend several days sea kayaking and studying the local flora, fauna, geology, and marine ecology over spring break. Taught in conjunction with ENVS 142b. Fulfills the world (regional/area studies) core requirement. Enrollment by application only. Travel fees required. Fulfills world area studies requirement. May be taken as ENVS 144.

Services: The fee covers meals, kayak gear, and transportation within Mexico. Airfare to Cabo San Jose NOT included.

Fine Print:

  • Tents will be provided, but you set up your own, and you help with cooking.
  • You must take both classes (taught in a single 9:55 T/R slot Winter quarter)
  • Instructor approval required.

More Information or application: Contact ESI or Prof. John Farnsworth (jfarnsworth@scu.edu) and Prof. Elizabeth Dahlhoff (edahlhoff@scu.edu).

How to Apply: Click here when you're ready to apply.



 
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