Coastlines & People Study Away Experience


NEW for Summer of 2022

Immerse yourself in real time research along Michigan’s beloved coast in Traverse City Michigan!

The Coastlines and People Study Away Experience will give you the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most renowned experts on Michigan’s coast. You will learn about erosion, sand dunes, the processes that shape the coast and the impact on the people living there.

June 6, 2022 - July 30, 2022

This eight week experience combines classroom work, with real field work, using some of the latest technologies to gather data. The program includes an internship experience in many different areas of Traverse City.

Program Fee: $2000

Courses Available

  • ISS 310 - People and the Environment as 3 credits 

  • GEO 206 - Physical Geography

  • GEO 211 - Environmental Policy and Practice

  • GEO 286 - Undergraduate Research in Geography

  • GEO 306 - Environmental Geomorphology

  • GEO 495 - Field Study

  • GEO 498 - Internship in Geography

Instructors include:

Dr. Erin Bunting

Dr. Ethan Theuerkauf

Dr. Alan Arbogast

Coastlines & People

Thematic Area Spotlight:

Coastlines & People

Given that Michigan has the longest freshwater coastline in the United States, this thematic area led by the Department of Geography, Environment, & Spatial Sciences, Economics, and Sociology seeks to better understand future challenges facing coastal environments, especially those brought about by human activity and climate change, and how to address said challenges. Research from this team will take a scientific approach to inform policy and management of Michigan's coastal communities and create a model for coastal communities globally.


For more information, contact:

Oumatie Marajh
Assistant Dean

College of Social Science
Office for Experiential Learning
Berkey Hall - 221
Phone: 517-432-4541
Fax: 517-432-0928