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ANTHROPOLOGY
& SOCIOLOGY

STUDY ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA

Maximo Nivel’s Anthropology and Sociology programs help students gain firsthand experience with people, cultures, and pressing global and local issues through internships, service learning, and university courses. You can also combine your degree studies with language courses in Spanish, Quechua, and Kaqchikel.

Anthropology programs offer the unique opportunity to study the history and development of Latin America. This is not limited to ancient civilizations such as the Incas and Mayas, but also modern day indigenous communities. You have the opportunity to learn, through direct experience, how these people live—bringing classroom studies to life via real interaction with the culture on its own terms.

Sociology is increasingly about our global society, especially with respect to core issues like globalization, economic development, race-class-gender, cultural change, and social justice. These issues are addressed by developing your international perspective and through working directly with people who are confronting these issues on a daily basis.

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Maximo Nivel takes your academic success very seriously. We evaluate each student’s motivation for the program and academic history. This helps to ensure a productive and successful cohort experience.

– At least 18 years of age
– Enrolled in Anthropology, Sociology, or related
– Basic to Intermediate Spanish language skills
– Hard working, passionate, creative, and resourceful
– Minimum GPA 2.50

Fields of Study

– Anthropology
– Human Rights
– International Studies
– Social Work
– Women’s Studies

TERMDATES
Summer Term I 20193 June – 5 July
Summer Term II 20198 July – 9 August
Fall Semester 20192 September – 7 December
Winter Term 20202 January – 17 January
Spring Semester 202027 January – 1 May
FULL ACADEMIC CALENDAR
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ProgramsAntigua,
Guatemala
Cusco,
Peru
San Jose,
Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio,
Costa Rica
Fall Semester
14 Weeks
$4,995$4,995$6,995$7,495
Winter Term
3 Weeks
$1,095$1,095$2,495
Spring Semester
14 Weeks
$4,995$4,995$6,995$7,495
Summer Term I
4-5 Weeks
$2,195$2,395$3,595
Summer Term II
4-5 Weeks
$2,195$2,395$3,395
Freshman
Semester
$4,995$4,995$6,995

*Prices above are representative only. Final tuition costs vary based on itinerary, housing preferences, tours, and transportation.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Why I Maximo Nivel

From start to finish, this program was a fantastic experience. The communication and preparation before I arrived in Costa Rica was brilliant, and when I finally got here I felt so welcomed and supported. The team at Maximo Nivel are all incredibly helpful and really want you to get the most out of the experience. I took advantage of all the opportunities offered such as salsa classes and the free coffee. My host mum, Vicky, was also fantastic…you can tell that Maximo seek out individuals who are warm, welcoming and (as a bonus) excellent cooks!

Jenny H.
Anthropology and Sociology Semester Abroad

SEMESTER ABROAD

FALL, SPRING, WINTER, & SUMMER TERMS

Anthropology and Sociology students looking to study abroad for a semester can join Maximo Nivel in the Fall, Spring, or Summer. Students can choose between 2 courses: Social Justice & Social Responsibility or Sustainability along with 2 Spanish language courses. The semester program includes an internship or service learning placements, guided reflection workshops, and a final project. Throughout the semester, there are guided educational excursions and field experiences to sites including Arenal Volcano (Costa Rica), Machu Picchu (Peru), and Tikal (Guatemala), among others.

I. University Courses (7 weeks)Credits
SOC 300: Social Justice & Social Responsibility3
SUS 300: Sustainability3
SPA 101: Elementary Spanish I (or higher level)3
SPA 102: Elementary Spanish II (or higher level)3
II. Internship or Service Learning (7 weeks)Credits
Work at internship or service learning3-6
Guided Reflection Workshops
Final project
III. Educational Travel (during program)Credits
Archaeological sites0-1
Museums, cultural tours, & traditional communities
Total Credit Hours12-19
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INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS

HUMAN RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA

The countries of Latin America are clearly making strides to improve regional politics, healthcare, and education. Philosophically, human rights are an integral part of the ongoing social and political development here. However, deep-rooted cultural obstacles, widespread corruption, and poor utilization of resources means that violence and discrimination against women, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community are pervasive problems. Indigenous groups remain largely outside of the political, economic, and social mainstreams, and the countries’ rural populations have unequal access to education and healthcare. As well, the use of child labor is a particularly common problem in informal sectors.

University students in the International Internship program are placed in local projects working with community organizations, NGOs, and government agencies. Interns work with change agents and other social workers who are focused on empowerment and social justice. You gain real-life work experience and international perspective by helping with community outreach, education, research, and fundraising. You are immersed into a community and a project where you see first-hand the impacts of culture, social values, and the roles of politics, religion, gender, and ethnicity and learn about the real people of Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru.

Intermediate Spanish or higher is required to be effective in a human rights internship placement.

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Anthropology and Sociology International Internships
Anthropology and Sociology Service Learning Abroad

SERVICE LEARNING

FOR ANTHROPOLOGY & SOCIOLOGY STUDENTS

Service learning provides unique opportunities to live and study in Latin America, while giving back to the global community. Short-term and semester-long service learning programs are available. You can get involved in the following projects:

CONSTRUCTION
These community projects include building and repairing homes and orphanages, and adding classrooms to schools. All construction is led by Maximo Nivel’s professional construction foremen.

INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
Students live and work as part of indigenous communities in Peru or Guatemala, living and working with the community, tending to crops and animals,
cooking meals, and teaching at the local school.

WORKING WITH KIDS
Students work with underprivileged kids and provide support to staff at orphanages, community centers, and after school programs, working to improve
education, emotional development, and healthcare.

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UNIVERSITY COURSES

SOC 301 aims to develop students’ knowledge of social justice issues in Latin America. The course focuses on indigenous rights, women’s empowerment, LGBTQ rights, as well as environmental issues, in the scope of Latin America’s economy, culture, history, religion, and politics. Students select a specific area of social justice and a specific country of focus for their final project. Through completion of the final project, students analyze social justice, development, and sustainability alongside both supportive and conflicting societal variables and interests.

SUS 301 introduces students to the theory, principles, and practices of sustainability using Latin America as a case study for wider global implications. The course includes discussions on maintaining ecological and environmental health, creating economic welfare, applying sustainable business practices, and ensuring social justice. In this course, students identify the key characteristics of human and natural systems as they pertain to sustainability and learn how they interact with one another, identify measurable collective and individual actions, and analyze sustainability from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Spanish 101 is a first-level language course designed for students who have not previously studied Spanish or those with a low-basic level. The course creates a foundation in grammar, vocabulary and speaking skills, with additional exercises in reading, writing, and listening while exploring Latin American culture. Course methodology is based on the communicative approach, emphasizing conversation in Spanish.

Spanish 102 is a continuation of Spanish 101. Students at this level have a very basic working knowledge and understanding of the Spanish language. The course builds upon the elementary grammar, vocabulary, and other language skills learned in Spanish 101. Course methodology is based on the communicative approach, emphasizing conversation in Spanish.
SPA 201 – Intermediate Spanish I
SPA 202 – Intermediate Spanish II
SPA 301 – Spanish Composition I
SPA 302 – Spanish Composition II
SPA 350 – Latin American Literature
SPA 360 – Latin American Civilization & Culture
SPA 361 – Modern Day Latin America
SPA 370 – Medical Spanish
SPA 371 – Business Spanish
SPA 380 – Intercultural Communication
SPA 420 – Advanced Spanish Grammar
SPA 480 – Advanced Spanish Conversation
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University Courses for Anthropology and Sociology Majors
Academic Credit for Study Abroad Programs

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Academic credit is available for Maximo Nivel’s Study Abroad programs. Our programs can fulfill major, minor, or elective requirements. Our School of Record issues official transcripts and academic credit for your program. Get the credit you earn!

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