Cape Fear River Basin Studies Program
The Cape Fear River Basin Studies program is a unique sequence of place-based courses. What is our place? The College, of course, and the city of Greensboro, built on the hills of the Piedmont, the flat coastal floodplain southeast of us, and the beach!
Our streams and rivers (and all we’ve added to them) run into the estuaries around Wilmington, NC and the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Fear. All of these places are one place, each a part of the whole river basin every one of us at Guilford College occupies, depends on, and impacts.
The courses in this program ask students to apply their minds and bodies to some of the contemporary and historical issues facing the Cape Fear River Basin using the framework of Principled Problem Solving. This framework was developed by the Center for Principled Problem Solving, out of the College’s core values and the Quaker testimonies.
We will also use the river basin as a means of complementing the academic experience and of understanding and articulating how your education (at Guilford and beyond) is relevant and applicable to the “real world.” Through a variety of field trips, lectures, and outdoor experiences, you will learn various ways to fuel your intellectual passions.
As the program is still new, all students will be co-authors of their class. Each student will pay particular attention to the possibilities of how we at Guilford College might expand place-based experiential education to incorporate other disciplines and departments while maintaining academic rigor.
Interested in the Cape Fear River Basin Studies Program as a First Year Pre-Orientation experience? For more information about this and other first-year programs, check out our First Year Experience page.