|Submission Date||Oct. 29, 2015|
AC-5: Immersive Experience
Sustainability Integration Office
Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that meets the criteria for this credit?:
A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:
The Pomona Environmental Analysis (EA) Program offers a variety of semester abroad experiences that explore sustainability topics. Primarily, a semester abroad in South Africa run by the EA Program explores the theme of "Globalization and the Environment." The program was designed by the faculty of Pomona, Macalester, and Swarthmore, and its overall educational purpose is to enable participants to gain a deeper understanding of the natural world and its interconnections with human activity. It is based on two key concepts: Globalization is the dynamic and complex process involving the laws of science across diverse environments and the particular challenges confronted by local populations as they engage with the natural world. Environment investigates the physical and biological systems of the planet and its connection with the human condition. Students investigate how thse issues have been expressed over time and across cultures, with a specific focus on South Africa.
Additional programs officially a part of the Pomona Study Abroad Program and a part of the EA Curriculum include: the Townsville School for Field Studies in Australia; the Firestone Center for Ecological Restoration in Costa Rica; the SIT Comparative Ecology and Conservation program in Ecuador; Frontiers Abroad “Earth Systems” Program at University of Auckland, New Zealand; and, the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Program in Tanzania.
The website URL where information about the immersive program(s) is available: