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Alaska Seminar: Environmental & Cultural Sustainability

Note (3/10/2020)

We are very sorry to announce that we anticipate all Summer 2020 Study Abroad related travel to be canceled. See the full announcement for details. For more updates in regard to the COVID-19 incident, please visit the CSUSM Incident Response page.


Program Highlights:

Led by Professor Anne Dabb and Alaska Outdoor Science School Professor Scott Ramsey, our Alaska Seminar will offer students the opportunity to experience the relationship between culture and environment that has shaped the Pacific Northwest.  Using the living laboratory of Haines and Juneau, Alaska, students will see evidence of climate change firsthand and assess its ecological and cultural impact while looking at methods of sustainability.

Academic Calendar: June 16-27, 2020

Academic Focus: ENVS 390-6: Alaska Seminar Environmental and Cultural Sustainability

Language of Instruction: English


  • Class level:  Upper-division standing or prior approval by professor
  • GPA:  2.75 and above; good academic standing prior to departure


3 units of ENVS 390:  Environmental & Cultural Sustainability (clears DD for students with 60 units or more)


Shared rooms in Echo Ranch Lodge in a bunkhouse setting.

Estimated Cost:

$2,700 + $252 Extended Learning Fees

Program fees include local transportation via van and ferry, shared accommodation, most meals, excursions, and medical insurance.  Airfare as well as personal expenditures are NOT included in the program cost, and estimated at $500.

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Ideally, we will get all program participants together for pre-departure orientation in which we will discuss the program, curriculum and make flight suggestions.  It is recommended that you await this meeting before booking any flights.

 How to Apply:

  1. Attend an information session by Faculty Leader, Anne Dabb.
  2. Fill out the online application materials via the link below.   All application materials must be received to Global Education by noon Friday, March 13th along with your $300 non-refundable depositSpace is limited!  Online payment preferred through CashNet.  Please be advised to choose E-check and enter your checking account details to avoid the 2.65% convenience fees applicable to all non-checking account payments. Cash, checks, and money orders made payable to CSUSM will also be accepted.
  3. Final payment of program fees is due by noon Friday, April 17th to the Office of Global Education.  Online payment preferred through CashNet.  Payment of tuition related expenses ($252) will be billed by Extended Learning and appear on your Student Center, following the payment guidelines set out for Summer session. 
  4. A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held with Global Education and Professor Dabb to discuss arrival instructions and the upcoming course.  Proof of attendance will be recorded.