Dates for the 2014 Summer Semester in Costa Rica are Sunday, June 1 -
Monday, July 14.
Students will experience the natural splendor and be exposed to the exciting culture of Costa Rica in Central America.
The Summer Semester in Costa Rica will provide a superb opportunity for students to be immersed in a Latin American environment and promises to be a memorable and unique learning experience.
The goal of this program is to provide students an academically vigorous study opportunity in a Latin American country. The three courses that will make up this program are:
SOCI 235 (SB) - Nature, Culture, and Ecotourism
course focuses on how understandings of nature are shaped by culture, and takes
advantage of the location in Costa Rica to explore how “natural” and “cultural”
features are brought together in Costa Rican society. Some highlighted topics
include ecotourism and sustainable development, food and culture, art and
community, local and global understandings of landscape and nature, and
dilemmas of social change connected with globalization. Students learn by
engaging with theoretical and ethnographic texts, developing a comparative
perspective, and participating in many opportunities for on-site research
projects. Using a sociological framework and research skills, they explore how
local and global patterns intersect in complex ways in specific settings. They
are also invited to reflect on transformations in their own “culturally
filtered” experience of nature, and on their role as global travelers.
POLI 365-A Topics in Public Policy (SB, CW)
In both the developed and developing world, the establishment of conservation and protected areas—often defined as public parks, forests, reserves and preserves—has been justified as a win-win: protected status leads to sustainable use of resources and
economic development opportunities for indigenous and local peoples. But in many cases, the promise has yet to be realized. This course takes a comparative approach to examining the difficulties in creating win-win public lands, focusing on the US and
Costa Rica. Students will directly engage challenges and problems to balancing national and local interests; biodiversity and economic development; indigenous rights vs. national elites; and the demands of the international community and self-determination.
SPAN 200 - Legends of the Hispanic World (CS, SB)
This course is designed to move you away from "knowledge" of the language and expertise in using isolated skills into a practical and fluid use of the language where you synthesize your skills. The highlight of this learning will be the summaries of
the six legends that we will be reading in oral and written form as well as the creation of your own legend based on your experience in Costa Rica. Prerequisites: Spanish 120 or equivalent level.
Students will choose 2 of the 3 courses.
Students and faculty will live and study at Ecolodge San Luis, a field station located in north-central Costa Rica. The station is located near the Quaker community of Monteverde and the famed rainforest preserves of the area. The Ecolodge is part of
the San Luis valley community and is closely involved with the local people in regulating farming, ecotourism, and development activities. It provides an excellent opportunity for students to become immersed in a Spanish-speaking culture. Day trips are
possible to other areas of the country including the capital, San Jose, nearby volcanoes, and the historical site of Santa Rosa. The people occupying the valley are mostly engaged in farming, growing coffee and sugar, and raising milk cattle for the local
dairy. Some residents supplement their income with ecotourism activities. The field station and local residents work together to promote development activities that do not adversely affect life in San Luis. The community living here provides students
with frequent and significant interaction in a Spanish-speaking culture. Surrounding much of San Luis valley are many natural reserves including the
Monteverde Cloud Forestand the Children’s Rain Forest which allow for detailed study of tropical environments.
The semester is open to students at any level and from any discipline and is coded for Odyssey Global Awareness (GA) and Service to the World (SW) credit..
Dr. Gabine Vidal-Torreira
Tuition and fees for the 2014 Summer Semester in Costa Rica will be $5500
plus the cost of airfare.
- Deposit of $800 will be due on (to be announced) and should be
paid at the business office.
- Balance of course fees is due (to be announced).
- Air fare is (pending).
Program charges include:
*all transportation, all meals and lodging in Costa Rica,
*health & travel insurance, and field trips to national parks and places of cultural interest
Personal spending money is the responsibility of the student.
are available with local families, at an additional cost of $13.00 per night.
June 1, 2014
Flight to San Jose transfer to San Luis
June 1 - July 11, 2014
July 12, 2014
July 13, 2014
All Hendrix policies regarding student conduct apply during the Summer Semester in Costa Rica.
Dr. Matthew D. Moran
DW Reynolds Center for Life Science
501-450-3814 Fax 501-450-4547