United States-Mexico Border Studies

On this 1-credit, 1-week program students study the United States-Mexico Border and examine social, economic and political history as well as present day modern issues.  Primary focus will be placed on the social, political, and economic developments that have shaped the history of El Paso, Texas and Juarez Mexico. The program will take place in El Paso, Texas. No passport is required.
 

What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:

  • A historical perspective of the border and background on the historical political, economic, and social issues in Mexico
  • An understanding of the history of border policies and Narcotrafficking
  • Connections with local government, NGO's, and community organizations
  • Methods to explain their observations andin class discussions, and in written assignments.

El Paso is located at the western tip of Texas. It is a border town where Texas, New Mexico and Old Mexico converge. It is the largest international metro area in the world and largest metro area along the Texas-Mexico border. It is a cross-cultural display of the historic U.S. Old West, Mexico, and Native Americans cultures located in the  to the beauty of our desert sun.
It is the largest manufacturing centers in North America and is globally competitive. It possesses the largest bilingual and bi-cultural workforce in the Western Hemisphere. The City's goal is to continue creating new employment opportunities for 21st century industries and new emerging industries. maintain a great quality of life and facilitate business growth at the local and international levels.
 

Where You'll Live: 

 

In El Paso, you will stay in double-occupancy hotel accommodations. Final hotel accommodations will be finalized later in the semester and addresses will be provided to students at orientation. You can expect the following with your accommodations:

  • Double-occupancy hotel rooms
  • En-Suite bathroom
  • Small workspace
  • Hotel reception area
  • Wi-Fi
  • Central location and walkable to city center
  • Daily breakfasts included

We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change.  Contact your program manager with any questions.

 

What You'll Study: 

This course studies Mexican-U.S. social, economic and political history from the late nineteenth century to the present day.  Primary focus will be placed on the social, political, and economic developments that have shaped the border's history since the Mexican Revolution of 1910 and the contemporary problems that Mexico and El Paso (and other border towns) continue to face today. Studetns will learn to idenditify truths and misconceptions of border towns.

United States-Mexico Border Studies (HISTXXXX)

In this 1-credit course students study the United States-Mexico Border and examine social, economic and political history as well as present day modern issues.  Primary focus will be placed on the social, political, and economic developments that have shaped the history of El Paso, Texas, Juarez,Mexico and greater U.S-Mexico relations. The program will take place in El Paso, Texas. No passport is required.
 

The AmeriCenter was formed with a bold vision to become the leading education platform connecting the world to the Americas. Today, The AmeriCenter has locations across the United States and the Caribbean, and is a host partner to educational institutions in areas such as short-term programs, student recruitment, and experiential learning.

AmeriCenter's goal is to create access to unique educational opportunities for all students. The AmeriCenter achieves this goal through its localized expertise and by integrating our institutional partners’ ecosystems in remote locations, thus fostering the development of learning experiences that last a lifetime.

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Tim Crawford

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, and I am the Assistant Director for Domestic Study Away Programming. I have experience running international study abroad programs and programs here at home in the United States. I was fortunate to have many experiential learning opportunities, both international and domestic, during my college career. Being from a small town in Central Pennsylvania, my experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and helped open my eyes to different cultures and career opportunities I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous experiential learning opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure. I love traveling, hate sitting still and love doing anything outdoors, in all seasons. Personally, my family and I are on a quest to visit as many national parks as possible. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study away programs, answer any of your questions and help you find the right opportunity. Please reach me via email at timcrawford@pitt.edu

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What's Included: 

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 1 credit
  • Shared accommodations throughout the program
  • Site visits in El Paso, Texas
    • Site Visits may include:
      • Guided Walking Tour of El Paso
      • NGO Organization Visit (Example: Border Network for Human Rights)
      • Government Department Visit (Example: USCIS)

      • NGO Organization Visit (Example: Annunciation House)

      • Day Trip to Chamizal National Memorial Park

      • Border Town Visit (TBD: Engage with local community in a town

        that straddles the U.S./Mexico border)

         

 

When You'll Go: 

This one-week program will take place in Early May 2022.

What Else You Need to Know: 
  • Pre-Departure: Students are required to participate in pre-departure sessions
  • Student will need a REAL ID to enter government buildings
  • During the program: students will be expected to participate in all learning activities scheduled across the week, demonstrating intellectual curiosity and a high level of professionalism.
  • Flexibility is extremely important. Schedules may change.There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance.
  • Remember that this is an academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt.
  • This program has a very structured schedule. All excursions and site visits are required.Your free time may be limited to evenings and to the final day of the program