Nestled in the Northeast corner of New York State rest the majestic mountains of the Adirondacks, a six million acre wilderness retreat whose history is full of remarkable stories and a deep, sometimes obscure history. Union’s Diversity of the Adirondacks mini-term will enhance your understanding of the rich and diverse community of the Adirondack Mountains, its artistic, spiritual, and cultural complexities, and its biological, social, economic and political structures. In addition, students will explore the sustainability efforts and environmental concerns of many individuals connected to this jewel of the northeast.
Course of Study
Students will take a course that will consist of various subjects around the theme of diversity and within interdisciplinary fields such as, arts and literature, biology, ecology, economic issues, history, religious studies, and sociology. Community learning will include trips to the Adirondack Museum, the Wild Center, the Adirondack Ecological Center, and the Lake George area. While in the Adirondacks students will work as a team in the local community, engaging in a service project, as well as have an opportunity to experience the variety of outdoor recreational opportunities available to them in the Adirondacks. During the mini-term, students will be required to keep daily journals, give an oral presentation and complete a final term paper.
No experience is needed.
All students will stay at a lodge in the Adirondack Mountains.
(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
- January: Application deadline is the third Friday of spring term
- February: Non-refundable deposit due at the Cashier's Office in McKean House, and receipt brought to the International Programs Office
- Spring term: Orientation meetings
- June: Mini-term begins
- Early July : Program ends
For More Information
Students may contact Gretchel L. Hathaway.