The Field Semester's program consists of three primary and interrelated components: Academic Study, Community Homesteading, and Outdoor Experience and Service.

These components are encircled by the persistent exploration of four core tenets whose consideration is integral to sustainability: Ecology, Cultural Context, Global Positioning, and Self. Understanding these tenets will empower students to identify and solve the challenges associated with sustainable living—to design and contribute to systems that not only stop depleting the natural resources of any place, but work to restore and regenerate those resources upon which our own built environment depends.