What does it mean to be southern? How is the ecology of the Appalachian Mountains similar to Minnesota? What can we learn about ourselves through our nation’s history in the Civil War? We explore these questions and more as we travel and hike the region surrounding the southern tip of the Appalachian range, called the Smoky Mountains. Join us as we hike sections of the historic Appalachian Trail, visit famous Civil War battle fields such as Chickamauga and Lookout Mountain and talk to locals to figure out what it means to be southern. This field study is offered every other year on even number years.
Research water issues facing Appalachia from the perspective of various stakeholders
Learn about the history of the Civil War in this region.
Discuss complexity of issues facing the South’s future.
Several significant hikes including a portion of the Appalachian Trail.
Learn about environmental challenges in Georgia.
Challenge yourself both physically and mentally
Students who wish to participate in this field study should:
enjoy seeing the South from multiple lenses, beyond the tourist lens.