ACM Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences & Humanities

An Associated Colleges of the Midwest Program

Subjects: Spanish, Costa Rican culture, field research, research seminar and paper. Research areas include anthropology and sociology, archaeology, art and music, biology, chemistry, economics, environmental studies, geography, geology, Latin American literature, politics and history, women's studies, and more.

Prerequisites: The program is open to juniors, seniors or advanced sophomores with at least 2 years of college Spanish or its equivalent. Familiarity with statistics and/or field work methodology is recommended.

Length: Spring semester
(may be combined with the fall program in Language Society & the Environment for a full-year program).

Dates: January - May

Credit: Recommended course load, 16 semester hours (4 semester hours = one Albion College unit). Language study, 4 credits; Field Research, 8 credits; Research Seminar and Paper, 4 credits.

Housing: With families in San José. Housing arrangements in the field vary widely according to the location of the student's research project, but many students are placed with families who speak only Spanish.

Costs Not Covered by Albion: Round trip travel to Costa Rica, transportation in San José and other incidental expenses.

Application Deadline: March 14 (early deadline) or October 20

*Students are encouraged to apply early because spaces are limited.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kyle Shanton

Comments: The academic program has three major components: Spanish language, field research, and the research seminar and paper. Students write about their research interests in their applications, but the field project they do in Costa Rica depends ultimately on the expertise and availability of faculty advisers on site.

Heather Everst, Program Associate
Associated Colleges of the Midwest
205 West Wacker Drive, Suite 220
Chicago, IL 60606
Telephone:  (312) 263-5000
Fax:  (312) 263-5879