Into the Wild

Kurt Steinbaugh
Day/Time Taught: 
TR 3:30-4:45 pm
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Students will explore complex questions, examining what motivates individuals to take risks and to seek out wild places. Students will also examine the science and discourse of ecology and wilderness protection. This inquiry will address these problems from a number of different intellectual and disciplinary lenses, including psychological, sociological, and anthropological perspectives.

This multidisciplinary approach will utilize literature, scientific research, and the arts to address these questions. The students will read and discuss selected works by Thoreau, Krakauer, Bryson, Muir, and Kerouac. Co-curricular activities will include challenging outdoor experiences: camping, hiking, rock climbing, and rappelling.

NOTE: Priority enrollment for this class is limited to those students living in the Outdoor Leadership residential learning community. All students will be co-enrolled in R M 2120-601.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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