This program introduces students to the complexities involved in studying the cultural, social, economic, and linguistic factors that influence how people of diverse backgrounds learn. The Sociocultural Influences on Learning course primarily explores the relationship between schools and the larger society as related to diversity. The program devotes substantial attention to issues in education throughout Latin America and in Guatemala, as well as issues affecting immigrants from Latin America to the U.S. Outside of the classroom, students visit schools, develop and deliver ESL lessons to Maya children, explore Maya villages and stay with a host family in central Antigua. Students take a second course in either Spanish or a Mayan language taught by local faculty. The program includes excursions to nearby Maya villages such as Panajachel and Chichicastenango.
The program takes place at Casa Herrera, built in 1680. Casa Herrera is one of the original houses of colonial Antigua and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Described as a colonial jewel, Antigua is a unique example of preserved 17th century architecture and culture. Its mountain views, courtyards, and cobblestone roads make it an idyllic setting for living and studying in Latin America.
- ALD 327 / LAS 322 / MAS 374 | Sociocultural Influences on Learning. Meets major requirement in Education, Mexican-American Studies, Latin American Studies and Spanish. This program carries a Cultural Diversity in the U.S. flag.
- 3 hours Spanish or Mayan Language.
Noah De Lissovoy
The program is led by Dr. Noah De Lissovoy, a faculty member in cultural studies in the College of Education. His research and teaching focus on the social and cultural contexts of learning, specializing in issues of globalization and democracy. He is familiar with Guatemala and the surrounding regions of Southern Mexico and Belize.
Program and Application Details
For full program details and information on how to apply, go to the Program Page.
Questions? Email: Dan Siefken.