The U.S. Southwest and Mexico Program provides support and opportunities for students and faculty to learn about and carry out research in this diverse and dynamic region. This distinctive program directs and supports interdisciplinary teaching and research done largely in collaboration with partnership organizations on both sides of the border and inside Mexico.
Hampshire College is committed to engaging in the international debates concerning transnational migration and displacement of people, and the implications and consequences of living within and across national and political borders. In a departure from "area studies," this program seeks to examine boundaries and borders using the Greater Southwest as a starting point and to provide a productive arena in which this can take place.
This program facilitates active engagement of students with their education by "moving the classroom" to locations in the Southwest and in Mexico, where educational opportunities in this area of study are exponentially expanded.
The U.S. Southwest and Mexico Program offers the opportunity for intensive study at Hampshire and in the U.S. Southwest and Mexico on a wide range of topics from creative writing and botany to anthropology and politics.
Students at all levels of study are eligible to participate in the program through the following activities:
Division II independent fieldwork projects and Division III thesis research projects in disciplines such as geology, health, archaeology, ethnobotany, pharmacological plants, creative writing, photography, social movements, transnational migration, indigenous cultures, and medical anthropology (to name but a few), with a focus on research conducted in the Southwest or Mexico.