Field Trips/Field Courses

Field courses take students on a journey of learning outside the classroom. Experiences can be outdoor fieldwork, visits to historical sites or cultural events or interactive tours of industrial sites. The length of time can be as short as one class or for several weeks straight.

  • Local, national or international
  • Observational, active or completely immersive

Course Options:

Courses with field trips 

These generally take place inside the classroom but allow students the opportunity to venture outside the classroom in order to implement theory or observe course related phenomena on-site.

Courses with field work 

These courses offer a mixed work load for students. Time is spent inside the lecture hall and/or lab, and outside in the field. 

Field courses 

These courses are the most practical of field experiences. The majority of a course will take place outside of the classroom.

Many departments offer field experience courses:

  • Anthropology
  • Art & Art History
  • Biology
  • Communication Culture and Information Technology (CCIT)
  • Chemical & Physical Science
  • English & Drama
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Language Studies
  • Psychology
  • And many more!

Get Involved:

Explore the academic calendar to see descriptions of field courses, and courses with fieldwork and field trips in many subjects.

You can also speak to your undergraduate advisor, and visit the department's website for more information on the opportunities they offer.


If you are interested in creating a course that involves field work, please view the information in the links below to familiarize yourself with the policies.