Migration, Globalization, and the Environment
Engage directly with communities impacted by globalization, migration, immigration, and environmental issues. Hear first-hand accounts from Mexican citizens and their stories of migration to the United States, both with and without legal papers. Learn about the impacts of globalization on the environment by visiting small rural villages. While appealing to a wide cross-section of students, this program is a particularly good fit for: Environmental Studies, Religious Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, and Spanish language majors and minors.
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Your coursework is in English
- Learn about communities that are responding to the forces of globalization and migration and fomenting positive social change around issues of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, gender, sexuality, economics, politics, and the environment.
- Frequent guest speakers, excursions, and hands-on active learning to immerse you in the community and culture.
- Complete a for-credit internship at a local nonprofit that serves the community in which you are studying.
- Participate on a program run by an organization dedicated to social justice, which uplifts the voices of underrepresented and marginalized peoples in all programs.
- Host family stays with welcoming and friendly families in Cuernavaca. Housing requests for gay and lesbian-friendly, sober/dry homestays, and vegetarian-friendly are all available!
, all levels of Spanish speakers are welcome, from beginner to bilingual! (We recommend a base level of one-semester of college level Spanish prior to the start of the program, but it is not required).
Students will choose 4-5 courses:
One Required Course, Choose from:
Core Courses in the Migration, Globalization, and Environment Program:
- Intercultural Communication in Mexico (Interdisciplinary Studies 492)
- Intercultural Communication (Communication 329)
- Introduction to Cultural Studies (Cross Cultural Studies 100)
- Undocumented, Ecofeminist & Queer: Contemporary Latin American Liberation Theologies (Religion 344/Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies 324)
- (Im)Migration, Gender & Social Change (Political Science 357/Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies 352)
- Spanish Language – over 18 options available
- Environmental Biology (Biology 118)
- Pre-Columbian, Colonial, and Contemporary Mexican Art (Art/Spanish 231)
- Contemporary Latin American Women: Texts and Voices (Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies/Spanish 335); this course is taught only in Spanish
- Latin Dance (Recreational Wellness 119)
- Internship or Independent Study (Spanish language prerequisite of two semesters college Spanish to qualify for placement – see website for more details)
- Mexican History, Culture, and Cosmovision (History/Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies 357), taught only in the Spring semester
The Augsburg CGEE Study Center in Mexico, nicknamed "Casa Augsburg," is a 15-minute walk from downtown Cuernavaca and the main city plaza, in the neighborhood of San Antón. CGEE is well established in San Antón and has many friends and close connections in the neighborhood, including many of the homestay families. Casa Augsburg is located at the top of one of the large ravines that runs through the city, offering a dramatic view from the nearby bridge that leads to downtown. Because of the ravine, there is a 100-foot waterfall right in the neighborhood, a local eco-tourist attraction. Right across the bridge, students will find a large public garden/park, an independent movie theater, the Cathedral, and several popular cafés.
This program includes regional travel (included in the program fee). Weekend excursions includes locations such as: Puebla, Teotihuacan, Toluca, a volcano, and a natural water park. Seminars and homestays in rural Indigenous communities, and a short seminar in Mexico City are also included.
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