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Mexican Social Movements in Their Own Context: Mexico Profundo

Location: Mexico City and Chiapas, Mexico
Faculty: Margaret Cerullo, professor of sociology and feminist studies (CSI)
Course Number: CSI-272S
Departure Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020 Return Date: Sunday, June 7, 2020
Course Fee (tentative): $2,700 + airfare (see information about additional expenses and financial aid below)

Course Summary

This program is a three-week intensive course in Mexico City and Chiapas, Mexico, including two weeks study of Spanish (and Mayan Tsotsil for those fluent in Spanish) along with an activist introduction to current Mexican politics and social struggles. The program begins with one week in Mexico City, where we will meet with different urban collectives involved with the Zapatistas and/or the Congreso Nacional Indigena (National Indigenous Congress), as well as visiting museums and other sites. We will then move to Chiapas for two weeks where students will be based in San Cristobal on the weekends, and live from Monday through Friday in a Zapatista autonomous community, Oventic, in the highlands near San Cristobal. There participants will live as guests of the Zapatistas and in solidarity with their movement. They will have an extraordinary opportunity to encounter Zapatista practices of autonomy and Zapatista political visions while continuing their study of Spanish, or beginning Tsotsil if their Spanish is fluent.


At least some background in Latin American/Latin@ Studies. In addition, two or more semesters of Spanish is recommended.


Short-term field course eligibility requirements (for Hampshire and non-Hampshire students)

Financial Information

Short-term Field Course Finances and FundingImportant information about fees, payments, and financial aid.

Course Fee

Approximately $2,950 includes tuition, accommodations, in-country transportation, all meals, course activities, and events.

Additional Expenses (costs not included in the course fee)

Approximately $1,000 to include airfare, U.S. transportation to and from airport, and personal expenses 

How to Apply

Short-term field course application deadlines and instructions.

Full Course Description

Evaluation Expectation for Students

Since this course will take place largely in the Spanish language, which is very demanding for those whose Spanish is not fluent, requirements are participating in all classes and other activities and writing weekly reflection papers and a self-evaluation. Guidelines for the weekly reflection papers will be provided with prompts. Students will also have the opportunity to complete a paper or an art project after the course ends for evaluation and inclusion in their Division II portfolios, or as an Advanced Learning Activity for their Division IIIs.

Cumulative Skills

Understand and incorporate multiple cultural perspectives on intellectual or artistic subjects

Program Itinerary 

Fly from U.S. to Mexico City, per individual flight arrangements (May 17, 2020)
Fly from Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, (specific date tbd)
Return from Tuxtla Gutierrez to Chiapas-Mexico City to the U.S. (June 7, 2020)

Travel Plans

Students will arrive individually to the Mexico City airport, and will then make their way to group lodgings in Mexico City. After a week, the the group will fly together from Mexico City to Chiapas. At the end of the trip, the group will fly back to Mexico City airport from Chiapas, and then connect individually to flights to the U.S.

All transportation costs in Mexico, including the group flights to and from Chiapas to Mexico City, are included in the course fee.

Housing Arrangements

While in Chiapas, participants will spend weekends at Junax in San Cristobal, a hostel that hosts volunteers in Zapatista projects. While in the Zapatista community of Oventic, students will live in rustic dormitories.

Pre-departure Preparation

The prerequisites for this course will be play a significant role in students’ preparation. There will also be one to two group orientation sessions prior to departure, detailing logistics, protocols, and expectations, and preparing students for what they will experience in terms of living conditions, the shock of poverty, and the challenges of solidarity. In addition, there will also be a separate required session with GEO to discuss information and resources related to health, safety, and travel.


Questions about the application process or financial aid should be directed to the Global Education Office:

Katie Irwin

Questions regarding the academic content or itinerary should be directed to the faculty director:

Margaret Cerullo

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Global Education Office
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002