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  • Locations: Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica; Punta Arenas, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Tarleton Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Academic Area: Ecology, Environmental Science, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Policy & Administration, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Sustainability Studies, Wildlife Sustainability and Economic Systems Science
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: NO Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-majors: YES Minimum GPA: 2.0
Classification: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate Tarleton Faculty: Dr. Melody Loya
Academic College: College of Health Sciences and Human Services (COHSHS)
Program Description:

Watch a brief video with details of the June 30th - July 14th program!


Costa Rica - International Social Work, Environmental Politics, Sustainability

These courses and the activities on this program can be applied to many majors!
Faculty Leaders
Dr. Melody Loya

Dr. Eric Morrow 

Tentative dates: June 30th - July 14th, 2020
The course will be offered across the 12-week summer session, and students may be able to earn 6 credits by enrolling in two courses. Please visit with the faculty leaders or an advisor about options!

SOCW 4059/SOCW 5390 - International Social Work
This course focuses on social policies and cultural values, primarily centered on environmental justice, sustainability, and the impact of eco-tourism on local people.

POLS 3310: Environmental Politics
An introduction to the politics of environmental protection in America. The focus of the course is upon domestic environmental policy with particular attention paid to traditional media - air, water, and hazardous waste.

POLS 3315: Sustainability
Explore the varied perspectives of sustainability and analyze factors that contribute to or decrease system sustainability. Investigation of the social, economic, and environmental barriers to achieving sustainable systems and options for overcoming these barriers.

POLS 4385/5385: Costa Rican Environmental Policy
This course will examine Costa Rican environmental policy, including social, economic, and environmental barriers. The course will examine the impact of policies on eco-tourism and sustainable practices.

The central focus of these courses is experiential learning in the form of travel to Costa Rica. Home stays, lectures by local providers, social workers, and activities in several locations throughout Costa Rica. Tentative plans include participating in service with the Latin American Sea Turtle Project (LAST), visiting varied plantations (coffee, palm oil), and engaging in beach clean-up and recycling. Potential outings include Corcovado National Park. Locations include San Jose, Northwest Costa Rica , and the Osa Peninsula.

Each course will have distinct yet overlapping content. The political science courses will focus on various aspects of environmental policies and sustainability, while the social work course will focus more on the impact of these policies on the people of Costa Rica. Each course is a stand-alone course, but the travel is 100% together. Please note that students will be expected to attend two face-to-face pre-travel meetings during the early summer semester, probably on Saturday. Dates will be provided early in the spring semester so students can plan to attend.

The program is appropriate for a wide variety of majors. Please contact the faculty leaders for more information!

Dr. Loya @
Dr. Morrow @
SOCW 4059 or SOCW 5390
POLS 3310: Environmental Politics/POLS 3315: Sustainability
POLS 4385/5838: Costa Rican Environmental Policy
2.0 GPA
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Graduate students
Willingness to learn
Spanish not required - a translator accompanies us!
Approximate Cost:
$3,300.00 (includes everything except tuition and fees)
Does not include tuition and fees
If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas "If Applicable" well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the U.S. Passports & International Travel.
International Education Scholarship

Financial Aid:

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This program is currently not accepting applications.