Field Experiences

In addition to the required Core Courses (see Academic Requirements), all Sustainability Scholars participate in a field-based course or experience. Click on the pins on the map to see where some Sustainability Scholars have traveled for their field-based experience. Experiences include U-M programs, other approved organizations, and unique independent study projects. All Sustainability Scholars have the opportunity to explore their own personal interests in sustainability locally and globally.

Sustainability Scholars are eligible for a scholarship (administered as a financial credit in the student's account) of up to $3,500 for their field-based experience course or independent study. This scholarship can be applied to course fees or related direct expenses (e.g. travel, food, and lodging) for one or more of the approved courses. Or, Scholars may contact the Graham Institute: to confirm that their proposed course fulfills this requirement through an alternative off-site, field-based experience.

Please check the U-M course schedule for specific offerings.

Support For A Field-based Course:

Scholars can petition to access up to $3,500 for direct expenses related to field-based courses. This includes course fees, related direct travel expenses (e.g., food, lodging, airfare, ground transportation, lab fees) and/or tuition (for spring or summer courses only). Notes: (1) Indirect expenses (e.g., gear/equipment/supplies and anything involving individual preferences not directly attributable to the course/experience) are ineligible for funding; (2) if all program requirements are not completed, any funds disbursed must be returned to the Graham Institute. 

University of Michigan Field-Based Sustainability Course (3 credits minimum), Two Options

Option 1: 

Take one of the U-M courses listed below. Graham Scholars receive priority access to many of these courses and are pre-approved for up to $3,000 in funding.

  • EARTH 344/ENVIRON 344: Sustainable and Fossil Energy: Options and Consequences (3)
  • STRAT 320, 002: Sustainable Business in Latin America (3)
  • HISTORY 328: Doing Environmental History in Japan (3); Or HISTORY 352/392: Topics in Asian History: Green Archipelago/Toxic Archipelago (3); WITH field component (2)
  • EcoQuest: Applied Field Studies in New Zealand (credits vary)
  • Appropriate GIEU courses (offerings change annually)

Option 2:

  • Apply to use up to $3,000 for a course offered through another institution or for an independent study with a U-M faculty member.
  • All experiences must be sustainability-focused, field-based, and interdisciplinary, and be taken for a minimum of three (3) U-M credits.

Past Courses

  • Conservation & Development in Cultural Landscapes (Kenya)
  • EcoExplorers (Tanzania)
  • Ecological Design Approaches to Brownfield Redevelopment (Connecticut)
  • EcoQuest: Ecology in Action (New Zealand)
  • Environmental History - Global Course Connections (GCC) in Tokyo, Japan
  • Ethnobotany at the U-M Biological Station (Pellston, MI)
  • Field Methods in Great Lakes Oceanography (Northern Michigan)
  • Food, Land and Society — Global Course Connections (GCC) in Ann Arbor and Havana, Cuba
  • GIEU: Sustainable Nourishment: Harmandar Sahib Langar (India)
  • GIEU: Weaving Way of Life in Cusco, Peru
  • Maternal/Child Health, the Environment, and Pollution in Africa (Ghana)
  • Sustainable & Fossil Energy: Options & Consequences (Wyoming)
  • Sustainable Business in Latin America (Costa Rica)
  • Sustainable Energy Development in South America (Chile)
  • Sustainable Neighborhoods: Experiential Learning & Active Engagement (Detroit)
  • Sustainable Urban Environments: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Chicago)
  • Toward a New Sustainable Environment in Light of the Changing Face of Rural and Urban China (Beijing)
  • GIEU (some courses)
  • EARTH 344/ENVIRON 344: Sustainable and Fossil Energy: Options & Consequences (Camp Davis, Wyoming)
  • EcoQuest, Applied Field Studies in New Zealand
  • ADABRD 311/391: Eco Explorers: Gabon
  • HISTORY 392/ENVST 468 + CJS 281: Doing Environmental History in Japan
  • UC 270 + UC 370: GCC India - Addressing Critical Global Issues
  • EEB 445: Ethnobotany, Biostation