Short-term study abroad courses include an 8- to 10-day international component that takes place during the spring semester.
ECG 200 - “Faces of Guatemala and Justice” offers the chance to spend spring break in a Guatemalan town on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan. In preparation for the trip, students study aspects of the history, politics, economics, and culture of the Guatemalan people.
The week-long immersion experience will take place at the internationally recognized San Lucas Toliman Mission.
As part of global engagement in this Mayan community, students will observe first-hand the successful application of Catholic Relief Services’ Integral Human Development model, learn from discussions with community leaders about a wide variety of projects, work alongside community members in coffee production, home construction, and sustainable farming, and participate in many other rich cultural, religious, and educational opportunities.
Following the trip and informed with the knowledge and experience acquired in San Lucas, students will understand the deep connections the United States has to other global communities.
CCA 219 / BIO 209: Field Studies in Baja, Mexico: Marine Biology & Island Ecology
This course provides students with an opportunity to learn science that goes beyond the classroom and the laboratory and out into the islands and beaches of Baja, Mexico.
Participants will snorkel over coral reefs collecting data for vital research, swim with sea lions, explore the island cliffs of Espiritu Santo, and study ancient cultures.
During the semester, students will learn about the history, culture and geography of the Baja Peninsula. In addition, the course will cover some of the field science methods that we’ll be using on our trip, and examining the connections between ecology and social justice.
The course will culminate in a nine-day trip to Mexico, in conjunction with Ecology Project International. On Espiritu Santo Island, we’ll camp on a secluded beach, conduct a tropical marine biology snorkel census, and explore the island, including a visit to a sea lion rookery.
Later, in the Sierra de La Laguna mountain range, we’ll visit tropical waterfalls, hike through narrow canyons within a unique inland mountain ecosystem, and help the local community with a service-learning project.
The course will also include a visit to a local school to present the results of our research and participate in an intercultural exchange.
This course carries an (S) designation and will meet one of the two Scientific Literacy core-curriculum requirements.
Study in Peru - Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices
Students are invited to participate in a Study Abroad experience to Peru by taking Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices, a three-credit science course taught by David Dunbar, Ph.D., and Oscar Ortega (Prerequisite: ECG 200).
Through an interdisciplinary approach, this course provides knowledge of the theory and practice of this water resource management and sustainable practices and the investigation of urban and rural water issues from the environmental management perspective.
These topics will stimulate a critical examination of the historical and conceptual antecedents. With a focus on water resource management, these topics will also provide experience with the complex challenges of utilizing renewable energy in a sustainable manner.
The course will review the ecosystem approach to understanding water as a resource and how science, policy, decision-making, ethics, and corporate approaches each play an important role in the management of water in the urban setting. Peru will be examined through case studies.
Beyond providing a basic introduction to water resource management and sustainable development concepts, the objective of this course is to bridge the gap between textbook learning and real-time industry experience by taking students behind the scenes of the world’s leading clean energy and sustainability initiatives.
Students travelling to Peru will step outside their comfort zones through adventure excursions and culture immersion.
Throughout the course, students will participate in a cohort of between two and five students, working on a capstone project focused on a social entrepreneurial endeavor. The course will culminate in student presentations of capstone projects.
The cost of the program in Peru is $4,200 per participant, plus the cost of round-trip airfare between the US and Lima, Peru, currently estimated at approximately $1,000.
ECG 300 - “Working for Justice in Guatemala” combines the study of the United States connections with this Central American country and an immersion experience in San Lucas Toliman Mission, an internationally recognized model of Integral Human Development.
After a thorough preparation concerning the history and culture of Guatemala, students spend spring break in a Guatemalan town on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan.
During the weeklong global community experience, students have the opportunity to learn from community leaders about a wide variety of projects (fair-trade coffee production, home construction, sustainable farming, road improvements, etc.), work alongside community members, and participate in many other rich cultural, religious, and educational opportunities.
Upon return, students consult with Catholic Relief Services and learn how to promote and advocate for Integral Human Development in Guatemala. This aspect of the course might involve advocacy in Congress regarding long-term development aid or by organizing and leading fair-trade projects.
Professors Raquel Green and Jerry Zurek will accompany you on all aspects of the trip.
For further information about any of these courses, contact Study Abroad Coordinator Nick Uliano, Ed.D., at 610-902-8383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that if you have already taken your ECG courses, you may choose to take either Guatemala course as an elective.