Mexican Studies and Spanish Immersion in Querétaro
This program is designed for you to learn Spanish language through immersion. You can take intermediate or advanced Spanish, as well as courses on Mexican history, literature, and culture. You will study in the Spanish Department (Facultad de Lenguas y Letras) of the local public university: Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (UAQ). As part of the immersive experience, you will live with a Mexican host family and have the chance to interact with Mexican students on campus. Querétaro is a beautiful colonial city located in the heart of central Mexico. Its historic city center is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. With a population of approximately 900,000, Querétaro is a medium-sized city known especially for its excellent universities, growing economy, safety, and cleanliness.
This class is designed to improve and professionalize students’ interviewing skills, from the art of posing questions to the critical task of listening actively and creatively to answers.
In this course, you will not just learn to interview. You will learn how to cross national, cultural and linguistic barriers while securing sought after information via the interview. Therefore, taking these courses in a Spanish-speaking city in the heart of Argentina, provides various venues for fieldwork. You will help choose and secure your interview subjects, and the interviewing processes and resulting stories you create will be presented, analyzed, and critiqued in class. In addition to the primary text, excerpts of model interviews will be studied as will the techniques used to secure them. You will also learn how to interview through language barriers without formal translators. You will learn how language barriers can work to the interviewer’s advantage (and how to avoid interview problems created by language barriers). You will learn why words are not the only tool for interviews.
This program is ideal for students interested in studying global health and development issues in Africa. On this program you will take courses examining health and development in Ghana, as well as contemporary issues facing Ghanaian society. As a complement to your coursework, you will be placed in a hands-on service learning/internship experience at a local community organization, healthcare service provider, or research institute. You will also receive an introduction to Modern Twi (Ghana's most commonly spoken language), through your on-site orientation or as a course offering. If you have career aspirations in the field of community and international development, social work and health-related occupations, you will greatly benefit from this program.