Geography Field Course in Mexico
Summer: July 24 to Aug 9, 2018
Credits: 6 - GES 4853/GRG 6973 and GES 4853/GRG 6973
Dr. Richard Jones - see bio here
Dr. Miguel deOliver - see bio here
The Guanajuato region has a remarkably rich and variegated economic and cultural history--mining, independence, revolution,
ejido and commercial agriculture, transnational manufacturing plants, a colonial cultural landscape, museums (e.g., Diego Rivera's
home and the Alhondiga), churches, art and music. All this history is played out on a highland landscape of hills and plains.
Guanajuato is unique in all of Mexico--and a geographic cornucopia. Owing to its pedestrian nature, you will be within
walking distance of shady plazas, ornate colonial buildings, museums, churches, underground catacombs, and narrow alleyways
(callejones) ascending the hills surrounding the city. You will get to observe the competition between public and private spaces
and the architectural adaptations to the precipitous landscape. You will also visit agricultural and industrial sites in the
surrounding region, walk a prehistoric ceremonial center, and experience the history of nearby small towns on a bicycle traverse
of the hinterland. Professors from the University of Guanajuato will give talks and lead field trips within and outside the city.
Puebla is between two of prehistoric indigenous settlements, Tlaxcala and Cholula. Due to its history and architectural styles
ranging from Renaissance to Mexican Baroque, the city was named a World Heritage Site in 1987. Being both the fourth
largest city in Mexico and the fourth largest Metropolitan area in Mexico, the city serves as one of the main hubs
for eastern Central Mexico. Many students come from all over the country. The city is also important because of its industry, with
the world’s largest Volkswagen outside of Germany located in the Municipality of Cuautlancingo. Under the guidance of professors
from the UPAEP, the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla, you get to see two different Mexicos, experience
what it is like to visit a migrant community, experiencing their traditions, cultures and point of view about immigration, visit
Teotihuacan (one of the the most important archeological sites in Latin America), and enjoy the beautiful colonial city of Puebla.
Given the importance of the capital and its proximity to Puebla, the field portion of the course will finish with three days in
Mexico City, where you will visit the Zocalo (historic central plaza of the city and country, with its Aztec Temple, Cathedral,
National Palace, and nearby museums as well as the Palace of Fine Arts); Chapultepec Park (with its Castle, monuments,
Museum of Anthropology, and Art Museums); and the Zona Rosa with its restaurants, galleries, and nightlife.
Application Deadline: February 15
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If you have questions regarding the program, please contact Dr. Richard Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Page quick link: http://studyabroad.utsa.edu/?go=UTSAGeoMexico