Description of Courses

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General Information

Generally, students are required to take at least two of the three courses offered, although the program director will entertain alternative proposals. There are also a number of field trips. Some of the field trips are closely related to the courses, such as visiting a sustainable forestry project or visiting with people who have migrated to the United States and returned to live in Mexico. Others are of more general interest, such trips to archeological ruins. Others are just plain fun, like going to the beach or hiking a volcano.

Spanish Language Study

Three to five credits, depending on level. Class size will be no larger than four or five students per language instructor. All instructors are native speakers. Students will be grouped by ability and receive credits for the UM course appropriate to their level (Spanish 101, 102, 201, 202 or 308.) 308 is a special Spanish language course developed specifically for study abroad which combines both grammar and conversation. 308 can accommodate many levels of language ability.

Politics of Mexico

Instructor: Paul Haber
The first half of this course introduces students to the history and current situation in Mexico. The second half focuses on Mexican migration to the United States.

Development Administration

Instructor: Paul Haber
This course concentrates on best practices for mitigating global poverty with a regional focus on the Pátzcuaro area and sustainable forestry. Classes taught by Professor Haber are in English.