HSS Virtual Study Abroad 2021

Virtual Study Abroad: Mexico 2021

June 10 – July 1

Program/Course Dates

June 10 – July 1


Register for the program courses by May 3rd

This program is impacted so please register early.

Course - HSS 350 – Contemporary Mayan Life and Culture
Course Enrollment Code - 11422


PSYC 361: Developmental Psychology
Course Enrollment Code - 11037

There is no application. You need only register for the course.


About the Program

This program will provide students with virtual experiences to learn about contemporary Mayan culture through its rich history, art, music, rituals, and food. We will explore the current social and environmental issues that threaten the livelihood of the Mayan communities with the rapid rise in tourism and other globalization changes. It bridges human development theories with theories that propose a stand against oppression, injustice, and discrimination, with a special focus on indigenous populations. The program integrates a service-learning component building on the general education requirements to foster students’ civic engagement as responsible citizens and members of the global society.

2021 Virtual Mexico Program Video


Merida Street


Program Activities

  • Mayan Cooking Class
  • Virtual Escape Room Team Building Activity
  • Folk Dance Class
  • Virtual Tour: Great Museum of the Mayan World of Merida
  • Guest Lecture 1: The Influence of Mexico’s Past on Modern Society
  • Virtual Tour: Chichen Itza
  • Virtual Tour: Coba Archaeological Site
  • Meetings with Community Groups
  • Service Learning Activity
  • Social Impact Visit


Merida at Night


Why I Studied Abroad

"Only one percent of college students study abroad, and I'm so glad that I chose to be one of them. Studying abroad in London was a dream come true, and being able to support my expectations with some firsthand experience was both a challenge and a reward. If you're truly prepared to immerse yourself in another culture and ingest what it has to offer, it will change you - for the better. I highly recommend that you take the plunge!"

-Kirsten O'Brien, 2016

Photos from Abroad

Collage of student snapshots

Instagram Photos by Alumni

Program Courses

HSS 350: Contemporary Mayan Life and Culture (3 units) [GE – C.3 & Z]
Course Enrollment Code - 11422

This course introduces students to the challenges face by indigenous populations in Mexico and their struggle for human rights, examining its people and culture. A special focus will be placed on the importance of natural resources to the regional economy and the political struggles to maintain their Maya culture and identity. Readings, guest lecturers, site visits and service-learning opportunities will examine the rich Maya culture and the challenges of preserving these practices in an increasingly urbanized and global context.


PSYC 361: Developmental Psychology (3 units) [GE – E]
Course Enrollment Code – 11422

This course examines human psychological development from the prenatal period through old age. In this class, human development theories are examined from an indigenous perspective using history and contemporary events to facilitate students’ understanding of the interdependence of biological and cultural aspects of development.


Chichen Itza



Program Fee

No cost


CSUF Summer Tuition 


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Observatorio at Chichen Itza



Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available to qualifying students. Follow these links to learn more!


Scholarships for All Students


Scholarships for HSS Majors and Minors


Financial Aid





More Information

If you have questions, please email Jaycee Cover jcover@fullerton.edu or Lucia Alcala lualcala@fullerton.edu


You can also attend a virtual information session via zoom.

2/26 @ 4pm – 5pm

3/10 @ 11am – 12pm

3/26 @ 4pm – 5pm

4/7 @ 11am – 12pm

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Application coming soon!

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