Anthropology, Culture, Economics, History, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Minority Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Political Science, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology, Spanish
Examine the different ways in which Nicaraguan movements are shaped by domestic and external influences, including US foreign policy.
Students consider the repercussions of recent Central American revolutionary movements, including those focused on women, indigenous people, campesinos/as, and the environment, and also discuss Nicaragua's future.
Study key topics of contemporary relevance to Nicaragua and its neighbors such as:
Nicaragua's political and economic history including US involvement in Central America and the Caribbean; the Sandinista Revolution and the Contra War; neoliberalism, privatization, and structural adjustment programs
Social movements and civil society including grassroots movements; feminism; economic cooperatives, maquilas, and community development
Culture of Peace including peaceful democratic transition; economic issues of free trade versus fair trade; Human Rights as the pillars to a Culture of Peace
Coastal culture and identity including indigenous rights; aspirations and frustrations of regional autonomy; Creole and Garífuna culture; community health and resource management
El Salvador including El Salvador's civil war; role of the United States; the 1992 Peace Accords; the Truth Commission and reconciliation; "dollarization"; community-based alternatives; migration
Creole and Garífuna communities on the Caribbean Coast
Students also visit the well-known Parque de La Paz (Peace Park) in Managua and typically have the chance to converse with former Sandinista and Contra combatants who have buried their past and are working today to promote reconciliation in rural communities.
Intensive instruction in Spanish and homestays in urban and rural settings help students become deeply immersed in Nicaraguan communities.
Dates / Deadlines:
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.