The purpose of this writing intensive (WI) course offering Humanities Foundations Credit is to enhance student learning and awareness of the natural world and wilderness through personal interactions in natural environments and through meditative, reflective and creative writing.  This course will engage students in writing about nature for a variety of purposes, audiences, and mediums while prompting them to formulate an environmental ethic, necessary for emerging leaders.  Students will learn about nature and about themselves through a series of intense, engaging activities such as snowshoeing in the Blue Ridge Mountains, spelunking in Linville Caverns, or sailing the ocean tides while developing confidence and skill in the processes of composition through a student-centered writer’s workshop approach to composition.  By interacting with their peers in both classroom and wilderness settings, students will consider the value of community as well as the purpose, function and cultural construction of wilderness.  


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