The Winter Wilderness Experience fall prep course is required of all students admitted to the Winter Wilderness Experience off-campus program.
The Winter Wilderness Experience (WWE), an off-campus program based in Sun Valley, Idaho, is an interdisciplinary and experiential program in the study of place. Primary instruction focuses on environmental literature, creative writing, wilderness studies (literary, historical, and philosophical), and outdoor skills (backcountry skiing, avalanche safety, and wilderness first aid). Secondary emphases of WWE include winter ecology, public land policy, cultural geography, and leadership and group management skills. Students take a 1-credit preparatory course during the fall term. The 5 credits from WWE can be applied 'flexibly' toward literature, creative writing, environmental studies, leadership, and/or physical education as determined by the instructors in consultation with each student. Student admission to WWE is determined by formal applications as well as personal interviews conducted spring term prior to the winter program. Recommended that students take before the trip: 1) ENG-220 or ENG-320 (Creative Nonfiction Workshop) 2) BIO-140 (Idaho Natural History) OR ENV-160 (Environmental Science I)