Communication and Media majors will explore social change in Mexico, by examining migration and human rights. Through hearing stories from those traditionally marginalized by society such as migrants, deportees, immigrant returnees from the U.S. and Canada, indigenous people, women, LGBTQ people, and low-income people, participants will engage deeply with critical issues facing the U.S. and Mexico and will learn to look through the intersectional lenses of people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
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Your coursework is in English
- Learn about the intersection of media and social change happening in modern-day Mexico, and how different communities lift up their message to share their stories with rest of the world.
- Frequent guest speakers, excursions, and hands-on active learning to immerse you in the community and culture. Examples of visits for communications majors include: a radio station in an indigenous community, local newspaper in Cuernavaca, and the communications department at a Mexican university.
- 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:
- Intercultural Communication (Communication 329) - 4 credits
- Multimedia Communication (Communication 328) - 4 credits
- Diversity and Representation in the Media (Communication 415) - 4 credits
- Mexican Culture through Film (Film 295/495) - 4 credits
- Communication for Social Change (Communication 490) - 4 credits
- (Im)Migration, Gender & Social Change (POL 357/WST 352) - 4 credits, satisfies Social and Behavioral Sciences Liberal Arts Foundation (SBS) requirement
- Undocumented, Ecofeminist & Queer: Contemporary Latin American Liberation Theologies (RLN 344/WST 324) - 4 credits
- Choose from 16 Spanish language courses, with beginning to advanced options and including specialized courses such as Spanish for Heritage Speakers, Business Spanish, and Spanish for Healthcare Professionals
- Internship or independent research (Intermediate to advanced Spanish language is required for an internship)
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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