“Riding the rip”: an experiential and integrated human–physical geography curriculum in Costa Rica Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2015 Taylor & Francis. Integrating research into short-term study abroad programs is challenging because of language, fieldwork logistics, and traditional learning models based on passive classroom experiences. Experiential learning often makes use of research as experience, but relatively few examples integrate human and physical geography. Here, we describe an experiential and integrated human–physical undergraduate geography curriculum in Costa Rica. We combine rip current morphodynamics, beach-user surveys, and cultural landscape in a 3-week program in Costa Rica. Emotions associated with the direct and indirect experience of “riding the rip” positively influenced the cognitive domain of student learning.

altmetric score

  • 6.8

author list (cited authors)

  • Brannstrom, C., & Houser, C.

citation count

  • 9

publication date

  • October 2015