Join us for the 1,400 mile journey from California, through Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to experience the history and culture of life along the U.S.-Mexico border. Discover this unique region through the eyes of those who live there and whose issues often affect our entire nation.
Course of Study
Students will learn about the complexities of the border culture through meetings with human rights activists, historians, sociologists, artists and maquiladora workers. After riding along with the Border Patrol, you will hear an opposing viewpoint from safe house workers who house undocumented immigrants. You will discuss the issues with immigration experts as well as inspirational people who actively work to improve conditions for people in need. Visits to missions, reservations and parks provide an historic context for the region.
Students will take notes during meetings and seminars. A photo journal must be prepared for formal presentation.
- Demonstrated interest in Latin American Studies and social sciences, Women's and Gender Studies and Mexican culture.
- Spanish is not required.
Students will be traveling by van to their destinations; accommodations are variable.
(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
- April: Application deadline is the third Friday of spring term.
- May: Accepted students must select "commit" or "decline" at the International Programs online application site to confirm participation
- Fall term: Orientation meetings
- Late November: Mini-term begins
- Mid-December: Program ends
For More Information
Students may contact Professor Vicki Martinez