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Cross Cultural Psychology in Alaska

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Progarm moved to Summer 2015.  Contact program leader for details.


Gain in-depth understanding of how culture and environment can influence psychological health and well-being.


About the Program

Students will travel to Alaska and be introduced to cross-cultural psychological principles, theories, and applications as they relate to Alaska Native Indian populations. Spending time in Alaska will allow you to see first-hand how Alaska Native culture has been shaped by the unique aspects of life in Alaska. Topics and materials from this class trip will help you to gain an appreciation of how culture and environment can influence the psychological health and well-being of ethnic minority and indigenous peoples.


Learning Outcomes

  • Gain sensitivity and awareness of the effects of culture on individual differences in human thinking and behavior
  • Acquire a better understanding of the events, environments, and experiences that have shaped Alaska Native culture
  • Express educated opinions about the current and future psychological health of Alaska Native peoples
  • Comprehend and critically evaluate one's own cultural upbringing, and compare it to other cultures
  • Critique course readings in class discussions and reflections


Program Highlights


The Program Leaders may determine other eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants need to meet these requirements: 

  • Current WKU student eligible to register for WKU courses.
  • Students from outside WKU may participate as visiting students.
  • Good academic standing (Undergraduate Catalog p.27; Graduate Catalog p.30)
  • Honors section requires a 3.2 cumulative GPA or good standing in the Honors College
  • 18 years of age or older at time of departure (parent/guardian permission for anyone under 18 at time of departure).
  • No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by Judicial Affairs.
  • Full payment prior to departure.
  • Completion of all pre-departure orientations.
  • Permission of instructor(s).
  • Complete Study Away application



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Program Package

Included in Base Package

  • Undergraduate tuition for 3 credit hours
  • Eleven-night of accommodations in Alaska
  • Most breakfasts in the hotels
  • Local Airport transfers
  • Course-related ground transportation
  • Program Related Entrance Fees
  • Round-trip flight from Nashville to Anchorage

Excluded from Base Package
  • Items not explicitly list in package.
  • Transportation between your departure airport and your home.
  • Independent travel (non-program travel).
  • Meals, services, and beverages not included on-board or during course-related field programs.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, phone service, and Internet access.
  • Tips for guides and drivers not included in program-related activity.
  • Travel cancellation/interruption insurance. Highly recommended.
  • Meals & Services and beverages not mentioned in the program
  • Baggage fees and costs associated with flight / program changes

Final program fee subject to change due to travel arrangements.


Logistical Considerations

  • Appropriate clothing for cooler Alaska weather, even in summer.
  • Program includes extensive walking and some hiking.
  • Appropriate footwear required.This program includes sensitive cultural issues.
  • The highest levels of professionalism are required for all participants.
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Planned Schedule -  (tentative)

May 24

Fly from Nashville to Anchorage, AK

May 25

Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center

May 26

Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center

May 27

UAA Scholars. Eklutna Athabascan Site

May 28

Anchorage Museum and Alaska Heritage Museum

May 29

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Travel to Seward

May 30

Kenai Fjords National Park and Alaska Sealife Center

May 31

Kenai Fjords National Park and Alaska Sealife Center

June 1

Return to Anchorage. Alaska Experience Theater

June 2

Alaska Experience Theater

June 3

Alaska Museum

June 4

Fly from Anchorage, AK to Nashville, TN


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  • PSY 299  - Cross Cultural Psychology in Alaska

Program Leaders


  • Anchorage
  • Seward


  • Summer 2015 (pending approval)


  • $2,999 - $3,599

Funding Options


 link to program details


Western Kentucky University and its associates are not responsible for any loss due to theft, personal injury, flight or weather delays, negligence, or default of suppliers, or suppliers changing of itineraries. They and their associates are not responsible for any loss due to travel/flight delays or changes in travel plans due to Acts of Nature or other unforeseen circumstances, nor are we responsible for accidents and medical care. Tour services are furnished by independent contractors who are not agents or servants of Western Kentucky University. Refunds are not available for unused portions of the package.


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 Last Modified 4/4/14