Mesoamerican Culture and History: The Case of Oaxaca

International Service Learning (ISL) in Mexico
Term: Summer 2016
Apply: Download and complete the Application Packet and return to the International Office (GE217)
Application Deadline: April 15, 2016
Country: Mexico

Mexico Summer Program

Program Snapshot:

This program introduces students to three thousand years of cultural development in the amazingly diverse state of Oaxaca, following in the footsteps of Aztecs, Zapotecs, Mixtecs, Pochutecs, Chontales, Spanish Conquistadors, and English Pirates. By traveling from the Oaxaca Valley through the lush highlands and along the Pacific Coast, we will examine how ancient traditions and vibrant ways of life endured and transformed through the Spanish Colonial period and to the present day. Interactive classroom activities combined with field excursions and museum visits will allow participants to explore off-thebeaten-track archaeological sites, decipher ancient documents, immerse themselves in local markets and craft-making, and take part in indigenous festivities. Through these diverse yet interrelated contexts, students will be further trained in an innovative interdisciplinary research methodology that combines archaeological, ethnohistorical, art historical, and ethnographic approaches, and will be able to apply it to their own research projects. This collaborative and community-oriented program will therefore allow all students to gain a better understanding of the major social, political, and economic changes that shaped Mexico and that continue to have a direct impact on contemporary issues in the U.S.

Dates:  June 19 - July 17
Academic Focus: History, Anthropology, Chicana/o Studies, Art History
Language of Instruction: English
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • To enroll in Anthropology 428, student must have taken Anthropology 250 or 150, or have the consent of the instructor
Units:  4-12 units 
Housing:   Hotel Accommodations will be provided.
Program Cost:  $3,360 per person (includes one-4 unit course, housing, some meals, domestic van transportation, fieldtrips, medical insurance, PaGE administrative costs).  Airfare and personal spending are NOT included in the program cost. Students can take additional coursework at a cost of $248 per unit. 
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