US National Parks Study Abroad Spring Break

Yellowstone National Park

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

May Abroad 2025* (tentative)


This course takes place in May after finals end, but students will register for the course during Spring semester. 

**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 experience brings together the study of conservation, ethics, and human well being in a hands-on investigation within the U.S. 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 (2025 cost TBA)

  • $2750 (including deposit)
  • $250 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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*Courses are subject to cancellation due to low student enrollment, health and safety concerns, or other extenuating circumstances. The Director of Bioethics Study Abroad will communicate with students regarding any changes.