Border Studies Program


  • We are still accepting applications for the Spring 2015 Border Studies Program! The deadline for applying is October 17, 2014. Apply now!
  • The BSP is excited to announce that we have new staff and family member, Alisha Vasquez! Read her bio and a brief Q&A here!
  • Maddie Taterka, Contributing Editor for Autostraddle and Fall 2012 BSP Alum, recently published a piece on the detention of child migrants in Arizona.
  • Spring 2014 Border Studies Program alum Alex Cook is working this summer with migrant advocacy group Migrant Justice. Read about his work with the Vermont based organization here.
  • Marcos Ramos, Earlham grad and Spring 2013 BSP alum is spending his summer in his native Brazil after having won a Davis Project for Peace Grant for his project “Navigating Discourses of Sexuality: Resistance to Homophobia in Brazil”. Read more here.
  • Read the participants' updates from the Borderlands and follow their experiences throughout the semester at our Border Studies blog.
  • Read BSP Instructor Katie Sharar's piece for NACLA's Border Wars blog on immigration enforcement in Texas' Big Bend region.
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Fall Program

Courses | Supervised Field Study | Language Learning | Living Arrangements | Cultural Excursions |
How To Apply

The Fall Program – Globalization, Migration, and Sustainability - explores the consequences that globalization and the continuing development of international borders have had on people, food systems, and the environment. This semester will include extended travel seminars in Mexico and the U.S. to learn firsthand about social and ecological issues unique to the borderlands, but applicable on a global scale. The goal of the program is to link social and economic issues related to migration and borders to ecological issues including agriculture and food security, water and sustainability, conservation, and development in a binational context.

Flores Magon

Above: View of Colonia Flores Magon in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. This neighborhood is one of many in Nogales born of popular land occupations. Such occupations were made necessary by the lack of housing available for the thousands of Mexican workers that migrated here in search of work along the border in the burgeoning maquiladora industry. Program participants spend time with the local residents of this colonia and learn about their ongoing struggle for dignified work, housing, and public services. This is one example of the type of complex environmental and social contexts explored during the fall program.

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