Field Experiences

In addition to the required Core Courses (see Academic Requirements), 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.

Participants receive up to $3,500 for their field-based experience course or independent study (administered as a financial credit in the student's account). 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.

Field-based Course Support

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). 

  • Indirect expenses (e.g., gear/equipment/supplies and anything involving individual preferences not directly attributable to the course/experience) are ineligible for funding.
  • If all program requirements are not completed, any funds disbursed must be returned to the Graham Institute. 

To request funds and receive course approval, complete the Graham Scholars Funding Request Form

  • Indicate the specific course on the form and provide as much detail as possible, including links to a course description.

After Field-based Course Completion

Field-Based Course Options

Take one of the U-M courses listed below. Graham Scholars receive priority access to many of these courses, which are pre-approved. All experiences must be sustainability-focused, field-based, and interdisciplinary, and be three (3) credits.

  • 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 (LS&A Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates) courses (offerings change annually)

Other Options:

  • Register for a course offered through another institution - check with a U-M academic advisor on transfer credit
  • Work with a U-M faculty member on an Independent Study (signed approval from faculty and a specific course plan is required)

Past Courses

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