During the nine weeks in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico (June 1 - July 31), students will live with a local Maya family and engage in various forms of data collection, including participant observation, interviewing, surveys, mapping, archival analysis, and focus groups. In addition, students will complete readings and other activities with Dr. Juarez, and will receive nine hours of upper-division credit in Anthropology for the summer (ANTH 3326, ANTH 3375U, and ANTH 4360).
The program trains ethnographic researchers and provides hands-on experience with fieldwork and research methods in a supervised environment. Scientists, educators and businesses are increasingly relying on ethnographic research methods, and this program provides the opportunity to implement the methods and experience the rigors of fieldwork in a foreign environment. Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to produce peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations documenting Maya life and social change within Mexico.
Before anyone can apply,
Applications will not be accepted until Dr. Juarez or a Faculty Affiliate has confirmed that your Spanish is adequate.
Once you have fulfilled the application prerequisites, applicants submit
The application deadline is December 15 or until positions are filled. Applicants will be notified during the first week in January to ensure that they are able to register for the prerequisite courses and schedule the required Preparation Workshops.
After students have been accepted to the program, they must obtain a passport and apply to Texas State's Study Abroad Office. All students must complete Part I and Part II of the Study Abroad Application, and students from Affiliate Schools will have to apply for admission to Texas State before they can apply to Study Abroad. UTSA students will also have to register with the UTSA Office of Study Abroad.
Students are provided with a unique opportunity to receive hands-on training and conduct supervised research with faculty in a foreign country.
Texas State University is the Host Institution for this program, but students from Affiliate Schools are also eligible to participate. Each Affiliate School has agreed to work with Texas State and provide an Affiliate School Faculty Mentor, required pre-requisite courses, and administrative support for the ITV Preparation Workshops. Faculty Affiliates have also committed to attending the mid-term conference to serve as discussants of student papers and to evaluate the program.
Students from Affiliate Schools should contact their Faculty Affiliate to certify that they speak Spanish well enough to participate in the program prior to submitting an application.
The Affiliate Schools and Faculty include:
Yes. However, there are several significant differences between undergraduate and graduate student requirements and funding. For instance, graduate students are not funded by the NSF Grant. For more information click on the graduate student flyer link below.
Graduate Student Flyer Summer 2009