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Northland College student levitating using photography tricks.

Fools Photography

Adjunct Photography Professor Bob Gross had a little pre-April Fools fun in his Digital Photography classroom yesterday. Students learn about exposure settings, lighting basics, photoshop techniques, “and how to bend the rules of time and space with your mind,” he said….

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

The Philosophy of Video Games

How Northland’s newest professor successfully leveled up his Intro to Philosophy course.

Northland College students do radio interview in early 1960s with photographer and curator John Szarkowski

Changing the Way We See

Ashland native John Szarkowski showed America a new way to look at photographs.

When John Szarkowski began as director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1962, photography was considered a utilitarian median, a means to document what existed. He elevated the photograph as a legitimate form of art. “Szarkowski’s thinking, whether Americans know it or not,…

Loon and baby on lake

Ethical Wildlife Photography

All bird photographers want that perfect shot, and sometimes they’ll go to great lengths to get it (read Audubon magazine’s feature). The problem comes when that pursuit jeopardizes the welfare and safety of the birds themselves. LoonWatch wants to make sure our contest photos are taken in an ethical way….

Northland College Professor Tom Fitz holds up a slide containing asbestos.


…remarkable history of the Earth, the rocks of which it is composed, and the physical, chemical, and biological changes that the Earth is continually undergoing. Northland’s geology program gives you a thorough understanding of how the physical earth—its minerals, rocks, soils, water, landscapes—form the foundation on which all ecosystems exist….

Northland student portaging canoe

Outdoor Education

…entrepreneurs and program managers. course list Equity and Inclusion Explore more deeply the potential of the outdoors to help create a more just and equitable society. Learn ways to include people who don’t typically see themselves in the outdoors, whether due to culture, race, gender, socioeconomic status, or physical ability….

Northland College alum Carl Sacks looks at GIS with students

Mapping for a Better World

Created "The Black Snake in Sioux Country" Map

…private property. Social justice begins with decolonization, which means changing the ways we’re used to looking at the world. “Feminist cartography, counter-cartography, and Indigenous cartography are names given to various efforts to challenge colonialist and capitalist map-making. These ideas have been around a while—at least since the 70s, when “Wild…

Fitness Center

Fitness Center

Welcome to the Northland College fitness and recreation center, an 8,000 square foot, open floor space for recreation, conditioning, physical training, and wellness programs. Newly renovated in 2014, the facility is open to students, faculty, and staff. Features bouldering wall strength machines, spin bikes, treadmills, and elliptical trainers free weights…

Student studying the skeleton

Pre-Health Care

At Northland, we prepare you for pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-physical therapy, and pre-physician assistant, as well as for general graduate school admission—if you decide to postpone pre-professional school or pursue another career path. Our strength is in maintaining a high quality of instruction, but also in encouraging you to think critically…