Skip to Content
COVID-19 Update: Read latest guidance for Fall 2022 campus residential programs.

Studying in Alaska

Earn four credits while exploring Alaska during the Summer 2020 Natural Resources and Sustainability 2000-level course!

Program at a Glance

Program Map

map of Alaska

Program Leaders

Academic Director: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Program Director: John Muir

Special Considerations:

Free Time/Independence: Variable
Physical Demands: High
Transitions: Moderate
Stimuli: High


July 5 – 24, 2020

Program Overview

Primary goal: to learn about the people, places, and natural features of Alaska, and to gain an understanding and appreciation of their interconnectedness.

  • Spend time in Fairbanks, in Denali National Park, on the Kenai Peninsula, and in Anchorage.
  • Visit sea and land animal conservation centers to learn about the unique wildlife of Alaska.
  • Explore Denali National Park to learn about conservation efforts promoted through the park.
  • On the Kenai Peninsula, explore forest and marine resources and visit glaciers.
  • Participate natural resource data gathering methods with scientists involved in local, national and global resource management issues.
  • Gain first-hand appreciation of the effects of climate change.


Read about some of the program possible destinations:


Program Details

  • Special Considerations

    • This program moves from place to place several times, requiring extra flexibility from participants.
    • This is a very active program, including hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities.
    • Alaska’s latitude means participants will experience around 18 – 21 hours of daylight in the program locations.
    • Ask any traveler to Alaska in the summertime, and they will tell you about the state’s indescribable beauty—and the swarms of mosquitos. Bring plenty of bug spray!
  • Prerequisites

    This is a 4-credit, 2000-level course and requires the following prerequisites:

    • EDU1001/1011
    • WRT1011
    • One 1000-level lab science (BIO, CHE, NSC)

    OR permission of the program Department Chair.

  • The leaders of this program are Landmark College faculty & staff members!

    Academic Director: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Professor of Literature

    Ralph Waldo Emerson has been a Professor at Landmark College for zero years. He was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and his ideology was disseminated through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.



    Program Director: John Muir, Professor of Environmental Studies

    John Muir has been a Professor at Landmark College for zero years. Born and raised in Scotland, John Muir was an influential Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, botanist, zoologist, glaciologist, and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States of America.

  • Program Cost

    The cost for this program includes:

    • 4 credits total
    • Group flights
    • In-country transportation
    • Field trips and housing
    • Some group meals

    Estimated additional costs: Student spending can vary depending on the individual.

    Additional costs include:

    • Most meals—in some locations students will have the opportunity to cook for themselves.
    • Free time activities
    • Laundry
    • Souvenirs, gifts, etc.
    • Travel to reach the departure airport


    *Limited financial aid is available; contact Michael Mertes, Director of Financial Aid. The Global Engagement Scholarship is need-based and covers up to 50% of the program fee. To find more information about this scholarship, visit the Financial Aid & Scholarships tab under Forms, Fees and Deadlines.

  • Travel Information

    This program includes airfare from Boston to Fairbanks, with a return flight from Anchorage. Students who live on the West Coast of the United States will have the opportunity to fly separately to join the group in Alaska.

  • Program documents are forthcoming.


If you have any questions about this program or any other Landmark College Study Away programs, please contact Jessica Lindoerfer, Co-Director of Landmark College Online & Intersession Programs.

Back to top