US National Parks Study Abroad Spring Break

Yellowstone National Park

BETH 315Y/4315Y
Environmental Ethics, Human Health, and The US National Parks

Due to COVID-19, this course is tentative due to health and safety concerns and travel restrictions. Alternate plans for the course include local and remote activities. 

May Abroad 2024 (tentative)


**This course is not arranged through the study abroad office. To start the application process or to learn more, email

This course is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students from any discipline.

Course Description

This class brings together the study of conservation, ethics, and human well-being in a hands-on investigation in the US National Parks. The course returns to the original meaning of the term bioethics as including the biome. It covers conservation ethics and human relationships with the environment and other species as they impact human health across multiple levels. The course draws on theories, models, and methods from psychological anthropology and political ecology to frame the complex dynamics of interaction. The evolution and psychology of compassion and awe are engaged in processual models of human interaction with the natural world and other species. Both have important implications for human health in everyday behavioral practice and in clinical settings.

Approximate Cost

Cost for Spring 2020:

  • $2750 (including deposit)
  • $200 deposit due with application
  • The remaining program fee will be billed to your CWRU student bill

Program fees cover lodging, one meal, course-related transportation, speaker fees, etc. Program fees do not cover flight, tuition, additional food, passport or VISA fees, and activities or transportation outside of course.

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