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|About||Houghton College Arctic Studies in Alaska is a semester-long course from August to November for students interested in areas of ecological, cultural, and recreation management.|
Alaska – the mention of the name brings up images of glaciers, the grand Denali, moose, caribou, and wolves, all part of the vast Alaskan wilderness, unparalleled in the United States, if not the world.
The Houghton College Arctic Studies in Alaska semester program examines the wilderness of Alaska from a variety of viewpoints – ecological, cultural, recreational, and from the aspect of Christian missions, building on the experience of the Alaska Bible College. This fall semester program provides students with hands-on experience in the vast wilderness of Arctic ecosystems, ranging from marine habitats to interior taiga and tundra locations from late summer (August) through fall to early winter (November).
Field trips will take you to the Wrangell–St. Elias National Park, Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, Chugach National Forest, Valdez and Prince William Sound, the Arctic Circle, the Forty Mile Country (near the Yukon River) and the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, as well as local native villages where missionaries are working.
The Alaska Semester runs from the beginning of August 1 to mid-November and includes a core of four courses:
· BIO 211: Ecology of Alaska (4 credits with lab),
· ANTH 315: Human Ecology (4 credits),
· REC 320: Wilderness Recreation Management (3 credits),
· MISS 308: Alaskan Missions (3 credits), and
· Optional courses in Backpacking, Independent Studies, and Internships.
The $12,000 cost of the semester includes tuition, room and board, and travel within Alaska. Students have the option of taking one to four additional credits as internships and/or independent studies utilizing the natural and cultural resources of the Glennallen area.
Close by our home base of the Glennallen campus of the Alaska Bible College are offices of Alaska Fish and Game, the Bureau of Land Management, the headquarters of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the Ahtna Native Corporation, the Christian Cr