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American Studies Summer Field Course at Heart Mountain, WY

American Studies Summer Field Course 2014

AMST 4500-01/RELI 4500  |  American Civilization  |  3 credits.

The summer field course is cross-listed with RELI 4500 and will be team-taught by Religious Studies Prof. Mary Keller and Mary Humstone of American Studies. Based out of Cody, Wyoming, the course provides students with an interdisciplinary study of Heart Mountain, a prominent landmark with several layers of significance in American history and culture. Students will explore the area and its ecology and history through field trips, landscape surveys and meetings with representatives of the various groups for whom Heart Mountain holds special significance, including Plains Indians, homesteaders in the Shoshone irrigation district, Japanese-Americans interned at the Heart Mountain relocation center, and conservationists with the Nature Conservancy. Activities will include a drawing exercise on the mountain, a digital storytelling workshop, field trips to the Heart Mountain Internment Center, the Bighorn Medicine Wheel, the Chief Plenty Coups Museum and an archeology field camp, and a seminar and ceremony of Apsáalooke (Crow) cultural restoration efforts. There are no course prerequisites, but students must be able to handle moderate hiking.

Accommodations in Cody: on your own, or opt-in dorm room at Northwest College ($20/day, 3 meals = $30/day).

Fee: $100 student course fee (due April 1) to cover bus travel for three field trips. Fee is required to hold your place in the course.

Dates: Course begins online July 14. Cody field dates are July 20-31.

For more information contact Mary Keller at 307 250-1474 or; or Mary Humstone at 307 766-4929 or

CRN: 30506

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American Studies Summer Field Course at Heart Mountain, WY

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