The University of San Francisco: Center for Global Education

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Field Study Programs

Field Study Programs Focused on Global Issues:

  • Rigorous academic programs through a field-based, experiential approach
  • Undergraduate research through an Independent Study Project
  • Cultural immersion through fieldwork, intensive language classes, and urban and rural homestays with local families
  • Small group of students in each program, supported by faculty and staff, homestay families, in-country experts, and community members

SPONSORED PROGRAMS:

ARTS, MEDIA, AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Consider the relationship between art, politics, and society in historical and contemporary periods.

DEVELOPMENT, URBAN STUDIES, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Witness firsthand the innovative solutions communities are pursuing to build healthier, more livable, equitable, and sustainable societies.

GLOBAL HEALTH

Explore the strengths and limitations of diverse wellness systems, healthcare delivery models, and related healthcare policies.

MULTICULTURALISM, MIGRATION, AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Study the often complex roots of historical, sociopolitical, economic, and transnational forces that shape countries and regions.

NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, BIODIVERSITY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Explore the relationship between environmental and resource management policies, socioeconomic objectives, and ecological realities.

POST CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION

Look at the historical, geopolitical, and social dimensions of contemporary conflicts, as well as the present-day realities facing post-conflict societies.

SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, EDUCATION, AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Examine the role of civil society and mass groups—including labor, environmental, indigenous, and gender—in relation to improved social conditions and human rights.

For more information visit: http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/

ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD STUDIES ABROAD:

  • Through a global network of field stations, students learn how to collaborate with local community partners and engage in scientific inquiry to address critical environmental problems and create long-term solutions
  • Students will learn a suite of skills and analytical techniques used in natural and social science field research
  • Training in field methods as varied as species identification, animal behavior observations, habitat assessment, ecological restoration techniques, animal and plant population sampling techniques
  • Use descriptive and inferential statistics in data analysis and hypothesis testing to answer research questions

Sponsored Programs:

Australia- Tropical Rainforest Studies

Costa Rica- Sustainable Development Studies

Panama- Tropical Island Biodiversityand Conservation Studies

Turks And Caicos- Marine Resource Management Studies

Students enroll in four courses at four credits each—three topical courses and a Directed Research course—and in some programs an additional two-credit culture and language course. Academic activities occur six days a week with at least one weekday devoted to community engagement. Students learn through classroom lectures, field lectures and exercises, group projects, and other activities.

Semester Programs help students identify and analyze local environmental issues, explore options for solving problems, and understand the decision-making process for taking action. In the three topical courses, students prepare for the Directed Research projects in the field by learning the conceptual foundations and building technical and analytical skills essential for field research. Research questions are designed in partnership with local stakeholders and are defined in each Center’s Five-Year Research Plan.

For more information visit: http://www.fieldstudies.org/programs