ProMexico Semester Courses and Credits
The Semester in Mexico courses provide a balance of classroom and field instruction. Examples of field studies include:
- Mexico City field trip to visit museums and the National Museum of Anthropology
- Field visit to the state of Veracruz to compare patterns of history, society, and development with those of Oaxaca
- Trip through the southern mountains of Oaxaca to the Pacific coast, in an explicit comparison with the themes and issues examined in the trip to Veracruz
- Site visits to rural communities to compare patterns of social service, resource use, household economics, and other topics with what we have seen in urban settings
Courses and Credits
Semester in Mexico students are enrolled at Western Washington University in the core curriculum for 16 credits. Western Washington University accredits the program and provides transcripts upon successful completion. Courses are delivered in collaboration with Dr. Jack Corbett and the Southwest Center for International Studies. ProMexico offers the following curriculum:
INTERMEDIATE OR ADVANCED SPANISH
This course begins with a thorough written and oral Spanish evaluation, placing each student with other students of his or her level. This course includes conversation, reading, and discussion of texts. Private and small classes emphasize enrichment of vocabulary for daily conversational needs as well as more traditional instruction concentrating on grammatical structures.
CONFLICT AND CHANGE IN MODERN MEXICO
As Mexico enters the 21st century, its long history of one-party domination draws to a close and its search for autonomy gives way to visions of globalization. This course addresses the impacts of development work and the political and economic changes reshaping Mexico, balancing the legacy of the Mexican Revolution against the multiple tensions unleashed by new needs and expectations.
HEALTH AND SOCIETY IN MEXICO
From traditional health practices to contemporary issues such as AIDS and aging, this course provides an unusual perspective on one of the most critical areas of concern in modern Mexico. Students supplement classroom work with field visits and opportunities for direct observation of health problems and health care.
This course combines the study of Oaxaca as a case study in Mexican archaeology with opportunities for a practical introduction to archaeological field methods. Students examine changing settlement patterns, monumental architecture, archaeological heritage protection, and other themes which provide the basis for comparisons with different regions of Mexico. Field trips provide exposure to surveying and mapping, site recording, materials analysis, and interpretation.
ADDITIONAL COURSES AND ELECTIVES
Semester in Mexico students may choose to add additional courses or alter their core curriculum upon approval from ProMexico. The following non-core courses are offered:
LAND AND SOCIETY IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Human use of the landscape and its resources structures this exploration of Mexican history from the Conquest to the present. The overarching theme integrates the organization and persistence of indigenous communities, rural struggles and rebellion, gender roles, and rights and linkages between local and transnational interests. The course includes multiple short field trips and speakers.
SOCIAL DIMENSIONS OF INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION
Mexican migration to the United States creates new social networks and transforms communities on both sides of the border. Oaxaca is a major contributor to the current migrant stream, and this course offers a well-grounded understanding of the dynamics of the migration process and its significance for different social participants.
FIELD STUDIES IN CONTEMPORARY MEXICO
Students engage in independent or small group research under the supervision of a local advisor. Projects must fall into one of the following topic areas:
(a) Ecology and environmental systems
(b) Political economy
(c) Social or economic anthropology
Completion of one year of university studies and one semester of university level Spanish
Good academic standing at your home university
A positive attitude and a will to help
Semester Credits: 16
Total class hours: 256
Project hours: 56
Average class hours per credit: 16
Accreditation: Western Washington University
Language of Instruction: Spanish with English support
Please meet with your study abroad advisor prior to the program to ensure credits transfer appropriately