HSS Study Abroad 2022

Virtual Study Abroad: Mexico 2021

June 16 – June 28 (tentative)

Program Dates

June 16 – June 28 (tentative)


Program Application 

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Program Summary

This program will provide students with hands-on experiences to learn about contemporary Mayan culture through its rich history, art, music, rituals, and food.  

This study abroad 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 particular 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


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Program Highlights

  • Earn 6 upper-division GE credits while studying for 12 days in Yucatan, Mexico.
  • Developmental Psychology (PSYC 361) explores theories of human development from a sociohistorical perspective. Contemporary Maya Life and Culture (HUM 350) introduces students to the challenges faced by indigenous populations in Mexico and their struggle for human rights. Courses taught by Professor Lucia Alcalá 
  • Predeparture online classes will prepare you to immerse yourself in Maya culture and significant theories of human development. 
  • Visit Chichen-Itza, a pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people and one of the new seven wonders of the world, as well as other Maya archeological sites 
  • Visit sacred Cenotes – natural sinkholes – and other natural reserves 
  • Volunteer at an after-school program in a Maya community near Valladolid, Yucatán 
  • Meet with community activists in Isla Hotbox who are working to ensure Maya people have public access to beaches and other natural resources 
  • Excursion along the Riviera Maya, and enjoy a private tour in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. 
  • Introductory class to Maya language, number system, and learn to read Maya glyphs (Maya script)


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]

This course introduces students to the challenges faced 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]

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



The student fee includes the following items: 

  • Housing
  • All program field trips, excursions, and community engagement projects 
  • Ground transportation  
  • Group lunches 
  • International travel insurance 


The student fee does not include the following items: 

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Passport or visa fees if applicable
  • Personal meals
  • Personal expenses 
  • CSUF tuition and textbooks 
  • Additional field trips and excursions that are not listed 


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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




For More Information

Visit: Student Success Center / HUM-112 / 8am-5pm, M-F

Email or Call: Jaycee Cover jcover@fullerton.edu  / (657) 278-2070

Info Sessions:

Nov 5 from 9-9:30am (via Zoom)  

Dec 3 from 9-9:30am (via Zoom)

February 11 from 9-9:30am (In-person at H-112) 

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Application coming soon!

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