Sierra Nevada University art students joined a traditional calligraphy class in Shiga Kogen Japan
SNC offers more immersive classes - abroad, in the field, and here at Lake Tahoe.

New Schedule, New Opportunities

SNC Tahoe Focuses on Hands-On Learning

The Sierra Nevada College faculty are always looking for more ways to offer the in-depth, immersive classes that make an SNC education so engaging. The college’s new academic schedule does exactly that. The school year is now bookended by short blocks in which each student takes one intensive class.

students faculty and river guides are a community around the campfire - Sierra Nevada College environmental science and outdoor adventure leadership students in field courses on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River
Sustainability conference proposal for an electricity generating bicycle by Sierra Nevada College students
picture of aqueduct in Tomar, Portugal where SNC Tahoe Humanities will be visiting in 2020

The Alternative Schedule debuted in September 2019. As with any big change, there were a few unexpected glitches to iron out. The short block format, however, got positive reviews. In these two to three week sessions, students can dive into projects, attend a conference, travel to study abroad, or go on an intensive field course. With no possible conflicts, professors can schedule the class time to fit the material.

The spring 2020 Short Block runs from April 28 through May 13. In addition to travel and field courses, there are workshop-style courses using the campus’s technology resources. There are also several CORE classes offered for students to fill in requirements.

Some of the Spring 2020 Short Block Special Topics and Travel Courses

Biology: A backpacking exploration of the flora and fauna of the north coast of California.

Fine Arts: Meet distinguished ceramic sculptors face-to-face at the 2020 California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts in Davis CA.

Creative Writing: Practice Adventure and Travel Writing and study LatinX Literature in Tomar, Lisbon, and Sintra Portugal.

ODAL and Environmental Science: Explore the natural history of the Rogue River in 10 days rafting through 50 miles the ‘Wild and Scenic‘ river canyon.

Fine Arts: Discover authentic southwestern Japan: ceramics museums and potters, Shodo calligraphy and traditional indigo dying, tea ceremonies and Japanese baths.

Sustainability: Build a prototype for the Gooddler award-winning G[enerating] Bike, a low-tech, accessible solution to climate resiliency and power access.