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Costa Rica: Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, & the Environment (ACM)


Brenda Tooley

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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This is an interdisciplinary program for students seeking a comprehensive understanding of life in Latin America and wishing to develop fluency in Spanish. This program, which focuses on Public Health, Education/Social Policy, and Environmental Studies, is designed to take full advantage of its Costa Rican setting.

Language study is stressed as the key to understanding the culture. Course work in language, literature, geography, anthropology, politics and cultural change enables students to develop insights which are reinforced by field trips and a month long practicum. In San Jose and its environs, students live with families both to improve their language ability and enjoy personal involvement in the daily life of a Latin American community.

How to choose between the two ACM Costa Rica programs?  "Those students who are more concerned about the immediate application of knowledge to solve society's problems and who are also aware of the difficulties that normally arise in this process should opt for the fall, outreach-based program. Those students who are more interested in raising and solving questions, and exploring how knowledge is generated in Costa Rica, should apply to the spring, research-based program" ~ Dr. Javier Espeleta, ACM Costa Rica Program Director

Prerequisite: at least 2 200-level courses or equivalent and additional work in such fields as Latin American history, literature, political science, economics or anthropology and sociology.
Period: one semester or trimester (fall).
Credits: 4.5 or 3.
Program advisor: Prof. Kampwirth. 

Learn more about Costa Rica: Community Development Engagement in Public Health, Education, and the Environment (ACM).

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