Study in the States

Study in the StatesStudy in the States is a unique program in the Lee Honors College offering educational opportunities that will take place outside the classroom. Courses can be used to satisfy general education requirements and honors college requirements. Except for the cost of tuition, expenses will be paid by the honors college. All trip descriptions, including dates, are included in the honors college course catalog.

Study in the States poster with the title of each of four trips and a brief description of each trip.

Request for Proposals

Deadline: September 18, 2015

Study in the States is a Lee Honors College program that allows high-achieving honors students to travel outside of southwest Michigan to study with outstanding WMU instructors. These courses are intended to promote place-based, experiential study and to highlight and take advantage of the extensive expertise of WMU instructors, many of whom routinely conduct scholarship in locations outside of southwest Michigan. Courses are typically capped at 10 students so that instructors can work closely with students in each course. 

Study in the States courses are typically three credits and include 7 to 10 days of travel. Courses have been held in summer I, summer II and spring semesters. Students receive honors credit, and in some cases, general education credit, for participation in the course. Students pay regular undergraduate tuition rates for Study in the States courses, and the honors college pays all other expenses for every student enrolled in the course as well as the faculty member teaching the course. This typically includes airfare and/or ground transportation, lodging, meals and admissions to special sites. Instructors are paid for instruction in accordance with current AAUP and PIO contract rates.

Click here for information on submitting a course proposal.


The Texas Tour: Travel to Austin, Houston and San Antonio, Texas with Derrick McIver from Management to study major corporations (May 2–9, 2015).

Garbage in Gotham: What Makes the Big Apple Sustainable?: Travel to New York City with Sarah Hill from Anthropology and Environmental and Sustainability Studies (May 7-16, 2015)

Entrepreneurship: Understanding Startup Communities: Travel to Austin, Texas and Boulder, Colorado during spring break (March) with John Mueller from Management. Students will also visit Grand Rapids, Detroit and Chicago for day trips during the spring semester (Feb 6 and 20, 2015, March 6–15, 2015).

Disney Pilgrimage: Travel with alumnus Christopher Tremblay to explore the legacy of Walt Disney, beginning in Chicago at Disney's birthplace and ending in California at his gravesite  (July 7–15, 2015). WMU Students Trace Disney's Path to Fame on WMUK.

General education info

  • Texas: Area V
  • Garbage: Area VII
  • Entrepreneurship: Area V
  • Disney: Area III

If you are interested in any of these courses

  1. Fill out the Study in the States application and turn it in to the Lee Honors College office by the date specified in the instructions.
  2. Following the due date, all applicants will be contacted for an interview.
  3. At the interview you will sign a release form for a student conduct background check.
  4. When the application process is complete and in order (application, interest statement, interview, background check), the honors college will register you for the trip.
  5. We will create waiting lists for each trip—if a registered student has to withdraw from the class, we will go to the wait list and register another student.