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Learn, Explore, Beat the Heat, and Earn Credits

Live and learn this summer as a UA student at Prescott College. You'll take three courses, earn 7 credits, and have a fantastic experience with UA teachers and your cohort of peers. You'll engage in fieldwork directly tied to your classes and take excursions to nearby points of interest, including the Grand Canyon, archaeological sites, Native American reservations, and northern Arizona's incomparable national forests. Each weekend includes field course excursions of varying lengths.

Summer Program Curriculum 

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GEOG 170A1: Earth's Environment: Introduction to Physical Geography

Explore how human activities and practices influence—and are shaped by—environmental processes. You’ll learn about Earth’s four principle spheres: the atmosphere (air), lithosphere (rocks), the hydrosphere (water), and biosphere (living stuff). Specific attention will be directed to the physical environment of northern Arizona.

Gen Ed: Tier 1 Natural Sciences

GEOG: core for B.S major; lower-level elective credit

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AIS 220: Contemporary American Indian Issues

Examine current issues affecting tribes in the United States, including contemporary U.S. policy toward Native Americans. Specific attention will be directed toward the tribal nations of northern Arizona.

Gen Ed: Diversity Emphasis

Gen Ed: Tier 2 Individuals and Societies

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GEOG 397D: Field Study in Geography Workshop

Experience the places and cultures introduced in GEOG 170 and AIS 220 first-hand in this one-credit field study workshop. You'll explore the rich natural and cultural landscapes of northern Arizona, including the Grand Canyon, the red rock country of Sedona, archaeological ruins, and Native reservations. Excursions will be led by UA and select Prescott College faculty.

Engagement: Discovery

Engagement: Innovation and Creativity

Dates & Prices

  • Move-in and orientation the afternoon of July 7, 2019. Classes start July 8 and end August 7
  • Tuition, Room & Board, Excursions, and Fees: $5975[1]
  • All covered costs will be charged to your Bursar Account

About Prescott

Prescott, located 100 miles northwest of Phoenix and 100 miles southwest of Flagstaff, was the territorial capital of Arizona. Today, Prescott is a pleasant, prosperous, and historic desert mountain city. Summers in downtown Prescott are as lively as any small town in Arizona, with an Old West feel only a few minutes' walk from the dorms at Prescott College.

Local attractions include the Sharlot Hall Museum, which documents the region’s pioneer-era history; the Smoki Museum, which exhibits artifacts from indigenous peoples of the Southwest; and more than 700 structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Prescott is located with easy access to towns and sites in northern Arizona, including the celebrated arts town of Sedona and the Coconino, Prescott, and Tanto National Forests. Other attractions are the experimental town of Arcosanti and Montezuma Castle, a national monument.

Prescott is known for its active outdoor community, with easy-to-access biking, hiking, and adventure. Spending five weeks in Prescott this summer will provide you with a perfect temperature to stay active. Typical highs in July are in the mid-80s with lows in the 50s compared to the sweltering heat in Tucson and Phoenix during late summer.


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Program Features

  • Housing provided at The Village at Prescott College, a townhouse style, LEED Platinum facility, with free access to Prescott College's library, cafeteria, and other facilities
  • Meal plan includes breakfast and lunch
  • Most dinners are not included, but you will have a fully equipped kitchen in your townhouse and will be only a ½ mile from eateries in downtown Prescott


  • Resident life support at Prescott College, including residential programming and student support
  • Three shared dinner events with all faculty and students
  • One-day, end-of-session parent/family and friend open house to highlight your summer course work and experiences (free for 2 guests)


Please note

  • [1]Student engagement will appear on your official UA Transcript.
  • [2]Includes room, excursions, breakfast and lunch, and tuition. First-come, first-served availability of single-occupancy rooms for an extra cost.

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