This program revolves around a Study Abroad Program in Oaxaca, Mexico during Spring Break. We will focus on the creation and utilization of cultural heritage. You will examine the area’s history, culture, and society from its indigenous origins through its colonial conquest and revolutionary transformations to the present.
The experiences are designed to be highly interdisciplinary: Mexico itself will serve as a learning laboratory, as every part of the trip will expose you to new ideas and perspectives. The goal is to have each of us engage in an anthropological and sociological analysis of their experiences and observations of Mexican society and culture.
Oaxaca is a perfect location for such an interdisciplinary course with a historical focus. Oaxaca is a historic city that is famous for its architecture, cathedral, and museums. Furthermore, it is one of the most diverse cities in Mexico with strong evidence of both European and indigenous influences. There are numerous villages that retain strong Zapotec and Mixtec indigenous influences. In addition, the archeological sites of Monte Albán and Mitla are located just outside of the city and we will be visiting these sites and dozens of museums and other cultural sites.