Sociology and Anthropology

Development Studies Program, Tegucigalpa, Honduras (Calvin College) (Open to Sociology and Anthropology majors only) (Fall only)

The Development Studies Program is a program of Calvin College based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Students study development by living with Honduran families, traveling to urban squatter’s camps, remote rural villages, and tropical rain forests, and talking with national leaders about Honduras’ problems and its future. It is an opportunity to experience hands-on the issues surrounding poverty, development, and living in the Third World. COURSES: Exploring a Third World Society (3), The Problem of Poverty (3), Development Theory in Practice (3), Spanish Language Study (3). This program is open to students with a minimum 2.5 GPA.Tegucigalpa Homepage

Houghton in Tanzania, Iringa, Tanzania (Houghton College) (Open to all majors) (Spring only)

Houghton-in-Tanzania is a program of Houghton College set in East Africa offering junior and senior students an opportunity to experience life as most Africans themselves experience it and to be exposed to Africa on a broad front including history, anthropology, environment, languages, politics, and religion. Extended trips away from the campus site include visits to nearby game reserves and Wahehe and Maasai tribal villages. Elective course options vary from year to year but the following three core courses are required: East African Culture (3), East African History (3), Wildlife Behavior (3/4). (A minimum 2.75 GPA is required.) Houghton in Tanzania Homepage

Latin American Studies Program, San Jose, Costa Rica (CCCU bestsemester.com) (Open to all majors)

Based in San Jose, Costa Rica, the Latin American Studies Program introduces students to a wide range of experiences through the study of the language, literature, culture, politics, history, economics, ecology and religion of the region. Through living with local families, students become a part of the day-to-day lives of Latin Americans. Students also take part in a practicum/internship and travel to nearby Central American nations. Students participate in one of four concentrations: Latin American studies (offered both fall and spring terms); advanced language and literature (designed for Spanish majors and offered both fall and spring terms); international business (offered only in fall terms); and environmental science (offered only during spring terms). Depending on their concentration, students travel to nearby Central American nations including Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba and Panama. One year of college Spanish or the equivalent is recommended. CCCU LASP Homepage

Middle East Studies Program, Cairo, Egypt (CCCU bestsemester.com) (Open to all majors)

Now based in Jerusalem, this program offers students a unique opportunity to explore and interact with the complex and strategically important world of the modern Middle East. Students explore diverse religious, social, cultural and political traditions of the Middle Eastern peoples through interdisciplinary seminars. They also study the Arabic language and may work as volunteers with various organizations in the area. Through travel in the region (typically Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey), students are exposed to the diversity and dynamism of the local culture. At a time of tension and change in the Middle EAst, MESP encourages and equips students to relate to the Muslim, Eastern Christian and Jewish worlds in an informed, constructive and Christ-centered manner. CCCU MESP Homepage

Spring Semester in Thailand (Open to all majors) (Spring only)

Spend next Spring experiencing Thai culture firsthand! Gain an insider’s perspective by living with a local family in Chiang Mai, taking classes at Chiang Mai University, and doing a study-service internship in Thai society. Courses focus on Thai culture, art, and language. For 16 hours a week, students participate in an internship at a church, government, medical, or educational agencies, discussing their unique experiences at a weekly seminar. For the three weeks of the program, students journey to the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern Thailand, where they live in Karen and Lahu tribal villages. By interacting with village leaders and families, students examine the growing effects of globalization and the dominant Thai culture on these indigenous communities. This program is perfect for students who wish to explore a different country as a member of its society, not simply as a tourist.Students will normally take the following courses-- (16 - 18 Semester Credits) from Chiang Mai University:
SOC 350--Thai Culture and Society - 4 semester hours;Thai 125--Intensive Introduction to Thai Language - 4 semester hours; Thai 128--Intensive Introduction to Written Thai Language – 2 semester hours;
Art 438 – Principles of Lanna and Thai Fine Arts -- 4 semester hours; Internship 399: Study/Service Internship -- 4 semester hours (Internship to be arranged with Church, Government, or Educational Agency--Students will be in their internships 12 hours per week and have a two-hour seminar on Fridays.) Westmont students can satisfy 6 GE requirements. SST Homepage