Between 3 and 6 hours credit is available. Both undergraduate and graduate credit is available.
Maymester (3 hrs. credit)
From May 6-10, students will pass an intensive course in Mexican history, culture and public administration. The class will meet from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday. It is expected that students will use time from 1:00-5:00 PM to read for the class the following day. On Friday, May 10, students will take a comprehensive exam worth 50% of their course grade.
During travel to Mexico, students will complete short writing assignments in the hotel some evenings through an internet-based assignment system for 25% of their grade.
A few days after returning to the US, students will turn in a 7-10 page paper for the remaining 25% of their grade.
Independent study (3 hrs. credit, Summer 1 or Summer 2)
Three additional hours of credit are available by completing an independent study with the organizing professor during Summer 1 or Summer 2.
Students will produce a 20-25 page research paper in close collaboration with the organizing professor. The project will be comparative in nature, examing two to four cases with differing outcomes and 3-4 factors that might explain these differences. For instance, a student might discover that one police outreach program was successful in a certain sector of Mexico City, while a similar program in another sector failed. Why? Leadership? Resources? Legal framework? Organizational culture?
The final paper will include an approved annotated bibliography. The student must include data gathered in Mexico. To refine the student's writing abilities, multiple drafts will be required before final submission.
In all cases, credit hours count as Cluster A for crimal justice majors, and elective for non-criminal justice majors.
Graduate credit is possible with special approval.
Cannons at Chapultepec Castle, site of the last battle in the US-Mexico War of 1847.