Students participate in hands on learning at historic sites, places, and museums in the West
Scheduled for July, 2010 and currently accepting applications
Highlights include: tours of silver and copper mining districts, 3 nights in Yellowstone National Park and whitewater rafting in Idaho

Bull Bison in Yellowstone National Park, WyomingLafayette, LA – UL’s History Department is offering a new episode in its domestic study/travel program known as “History on the Move.” The program is a unique four-week summer course combining traditional classroom study with a three-week tour of historic resources in the American West. The historic sites, places, and museums of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Washington become the classroom as the students travel across the West. Dr. Robert Carriker, Head of the Department of History, organized the first three installments of the program, but this is the program’s first foray into the West. In previous years the group traveled to the American Southwest, but he also has experience leading study groups in the Pacific Northwest and study abroad programs in Italy. According to Carriker, “These study/travel programs have been among the most rewarding experiences I’ve had as an instructor. Taking students into the field to see where history happened and to understand that the places remain as very real parts of our national and regional stories leads to some truly awesome educational revelations.“ In addition to time in the field, the class meets for one week of introductory instruction prior to departure. “There are some real highlights, like three nights in Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, whitewater rafting on the Salmon River, the silver and copper mining districts of Montana and Idaho, Grand Coulee Dam in Washington, and Seattle’s Pike Place Market, but the whole experience is one of personal insight and intellectual growth,” says Carriker.

The program runs from June 28-July 25 with the group departing from Lafayette on July 5. It is open to any regularly enrolled student, regardless of their major field of study. The cost of the program is approximately $2,650 and includes all travel, accommodations, activities, most meals, course credit, and special instruction. Applications are being accepted and can be obtained by contacting Dr. Robert Carriker, History and Geography Dept., UL Lafayette, 70504, or by e-mailing: carriker@louisiana.edu.


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