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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Spring Program

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

Roots and Routes of Migration is designed for Spanish language competent students who wish to study migration, border enforcement, human rights, globalization, and immigration policy in-depth. The semester will include an extended travel seminar in Guatemala and southern Mexico to visit communities that have been affected by migration. The goal of the spring program is to assist students in developing a comprehensive analysis of the causes of migration and the consequences for individuals and communities on both sides of the international border. Building on that analysis, the spring program gives students opportunities to explore alternatives to the policies that have caused migration, and to speak with communities of people on both sides of the border dedicated to construcing a world where people can exercise their right to migrate or their right to stay home.

Students on BorderFrom Left to Right (clockwise): Students at the International Border in Nogales, Sonora with US Border Patrol in the background; Border art on display at the University of Arizona in Tucson; Students visiting the work of Taller Yonke along the border wall in Nogales, Sonora.

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