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Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.


Mountains and Lake

Night Sky

Lake Camping

Snowy Mountain View

This course is an opportunity to study the interactions between literature, science, and history in the conceptualization of the American West as a place.  The class will take place in the Swan Valley, Montana and be hosted by Swan Valley Connections, a collaborative conservation and education non-profit.  Over the three-week stay in Swan Valley, students will participate in seminar discussions about literature of the American West, focusing on depictions of the wildlife, people, and landscapes. These are partnered with experiential learning in the field led by professionals in ecology, wildlife management and policy, sustainability, landscape restoration, and fire management. Through these means, students will come to understand the complex web of perspectives that inform the understanding of, and interactions with, the American West.   

Quick Facts

  • July 6 - 27, 2020

  • Set in scenic Swan Valley, Montana with day trips to surrounding National Parks, wilderness areas, and towns

  • Features: overnight-backpacking, boating trips, field work, and experiential learning

  • Enjoy reading and discussing literature about the West, its wildlife, landscape, and people

  • Explore how disciplines like sustainability; wildlife, fire, and resource management; and conservation are utilized within the Montana landscape 

  • Earn 3 upper division Honors credits


Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.

Horse and Mountains

Location Details

Montana is emblematic of the American West.  It has a rich literary history, both in literature written about Montana, but also literature written by Montanans.  It maintains a long history of interactions with extractive forces such as mining, logging, and ranching that defined the American West as a whole.  The Swan Valley in Montana was one of the last areas in the continental United States that saw homesteading activity, and so presents a rich and recent history pertaining to interactions between settlers, native peoples, and animals. It is situated between the Bob Marshall and Mission Mountains Wilderness areas and is one of the few remaining places on earth that still harbors its full complement of native fish and wildlife species in their natural habitats.  In short, it is a representative microcosm by which to examine how the American West has been shaped.



Eligibility Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Current Barrett enrollment


Students must enroll in the following course for a total of three credits:

  • HON 394: Literary Imagination and the American West: Wildlife, People, and Landscapes (3)
The course will take place in Summer 2020 with two Tempe campus meetings before and after the travel portion and accompanied by online coursework though Canvas.  

Outdoor Classroom


Faculty Director

Dr. Pete Schmidt
Senior Lecturer
Barrett, The Honors College
Phone: 480-727-4572

Swan Valley Connection


Beds and Desk

Program Housing

Swan Valley Connections provides a dual teaching and housing structure.  The housing area is hostel-like consisting of rooms with bunk beds in each. An adjacent building houses cooking and eating facilities.  All meals will be prepared either by Swan Valley Staff or students, the cost of which is included in the program fees. Transportation from the housing to nearby locations and day trips will be provided by the program.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.  The excursions for this program will involve hiking, climbing stairs, and will require participants to be in moderately good physical condition. The program will require a large amount of walking, standing, hiking, and other physical activities.  Students should be prepared to to be active and physically engaged on a daily basis. Overnight camping and days of long travel are a part of the course.  Weather in the region can vary from temperatures in the upper 30s to highs in the 90s with high humidity. Rain and storms are common. 

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $3,400.

Program Fee includes: three credit hours of tuition, accommodations, meals, excursions and cultural activities, and ASU faculty support.
The Program Fee does not include: airfare, books, and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Program

Participating in a Domestic Global Learning (DGL) program is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Office Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/01/2020
Rolling Admission 07/06/2020 07/27/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.