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EMU: Mexico, the Route of Cortez
Mexico City, Mexico; Tabasco, Mexico; Veracruz, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Winter Break
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Language of Instruction: English
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Faculty-Led Abroad
Field of Study: All Majors, Anthropology, General Education Requirement
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Mexico: the Route of Cortez 

Mexico City
Course(s): ANTH 351 
Credits: Three
Eligibility: Open to all EMU students in good academic standing and guest students. 
Must be at least 18 years old at the time of travel. 
Program Fee:  See budget

Program Overview
This is a 9-day study abroad program with educational tours in the states of Tabasco, Veracruz, and Mexico. Students travel and learn about Mexican cultures while experiencing a wide range of settings: from tropical coasts to semi-arid highlands, from rural fishing and agricultural villages to one of the largest cities in the world, and from the most ancient civilizations to the modern. Students learn about the political economies, classes, and genders in pre-Columbian cultures (the Olmec, Maya, Aztecs, among others); the colonial period; after the Mexican Revolution; and how communities are impacted by globalization, NAFTA, and neoliberal structural adjustment policies today.

In Tabasco, students will visit ancient Olmec and Maya ruins, learn about coastal fishing economy and ecology on a boat tour, and learn about the cacao (cocoa) industry. In Veracruz, students will visit a peasant ejido (a collective farm established under the Mexican land reform system), learn about the coffee and leather industries, the educational system, and visit prehispanic and historic cities. The trip ends in Mexico City, with excursions to the Zocalo, the ancient city of Teotihuacán, and the National Museum of Anthropology.

Instructor Information
Professor Ensor’s, PhD, research emphasizes political economic theoretical perspectives in archaeology and ethnology. Among his diverse works, he has published on political ecology and disaster vulnerability, ethnohistoric Native American kinship, and political economic analyses of lifeways and gender in prehistoric small-scale and complex societies.

On-Campus Class Meetings
This program has mandatory class meetings during Winter semester prior to departure. Meeting dates will be determined and announced to students accepted into the program. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships
Financial aid and many EMU scholarships may be applied to the tuition and fees for this approved program. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information on how to use your financial aid and scholarships to help cover the costs of studying abroad.

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Winter Break 2020 12/01/2019 12/02/2019 02/23/2020 02/29/2020
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