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Study Trip Immersion Experiences

Students may also take courses that provide Study Trip Immersion Experiences. These opportunities are part of coursework within the Latin American & Latino/a Studies (LALS 177 & 178) and the Religious Studies program (RLST 177 & RLST 178). The Study Trip Immersion Experience travels in alternate years to Oaxaca, Mexico, and to El Salvador, Central America. It has three components: during the fall semester, students take LALS 177 for the Oaxaca trip or LALS 178 for El Salvador. In January, the group travels to Oaxaca, Mexico or to El Salvador. During the spring semester, students take RLST 177 for the Oaxaca trip or RLST 178 for El Salvador. The Study Trip participants also do service learning each semester in the local community.

Oaxaca, Mexico Study Trip Immersion Experience

  1. Fall: LALS 177 (3 Units) History & Socio-Culture of Oaxaca
    This course is the introduction part of the Study Trip Immersion to Oaxaca. It meets seven times during the fall semester. The course studies the history and socio- political issues of Oaxaca, in addition to its rich culture and environment. Topics include Mixtec and Zapotec indigenous cultures, the recent teacher strike, and the increasing Oaxacan immigration to the United States with its social consequences for the indigenous communities.
  2. During the actual seven-to ten-day trip, students visit a community organization helping children in Oaxaca, a community health clinic, and colonial sites such as the Santo Domingo church. They also visit the countryside for a home stay in a Mixtec indigenous community.
  3. Spring: RLST 177 (3 units) Religion and Politics in Mexico
    This course consists of seven meetings. Topics include Pre-Columbian religion, early Meso-American Christianity, and the interaction of contemporary Mexican religiosity, culture and politics.
  4. Students in this program do Service Learning in the local Latino community each semester.

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El Salvador, Central America Study Trip Immersion Experience

  1. Fall: LALS 178 (3 Units) History and Culture of El Salvador
    This course is the introduction of El Salvador Study Trip Immersion and  meets seven times during the fall semester. It studies the economical, social and political problems of El Salvador before and after the civil war, in addition to its culture and development of strong grass roots organizations. Topics include a brief history of El Salvador, the development of El Salvador as a coffee producer, the political crisis and state of terror that led to a civil war, the United States involvement in the fifteen-year war, as well as visual art, poetry and music created during the critical years.
  2. As part of the field trip, students visit grass roots organizations such as CO-MADRES, the Central America University José Simeón Cañas, the chapel and site where Monsignor Romero was assassinated, and the national cathedral in San Salvador. In the countryside, students visit Perquín and its Museo de la Revolución, as well as El Mozote, a small hamlet where the army committed one of the worst massacres in modern times in Latin America. For part of this trip, students stay in an organized peasant community in the countryside.
  3. RLST 178 (3 units) Latin American Liberation Theology, Culture and Politics.
    This course meets seven times during the semester. Topics include Latin American liberation spirituality and theology, the “option for the poor” and Catholic Social Teaching, the assassinations of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the Jesuit faculty of the University of Central America, the role of U. S. foreign policy, and the history of El Salvador.
  4. Students in this program do Service Learning in the local Latino community each semester.

Contact Information

Professor Martivón Galindo

Study Abroad Coordinator, HNU
Office: Heafey 637
Phone: (510) 436-1318
Email: galindo@hnu.edu

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