Academics in Action

Home1The Border Studies Program combines rigorous academic study, practical on-site learning, travel seminars and structured reflection in a semester that engages students in some of today’s most urgent social, economic, and ecological matters. A semester with the Border Studies Program facilitates the examination of issues related to migration, human rights, globalization, food systems, and the environment. Peers, scholars, farmers, indigenous peoples, state authorities, migrants and activists in both Mexico and the U.S. contribute to the learning process. This integrated experience challenges students to be more thoughtful and intentional about their participation in creating a just and sustainable world.

Home2Based in Tucson, the Border Studies Program is situated in a complex and critical geographic bioregion, offering unique opportunities for studying social and ecological issues in local, regional, and international contexts. Known for intense activism around immigrant rights and borderlands militarization, Tucson overflows with environmental organizations working on both sides of the border to protect the binational ecosystem and to seek sustainable living models in the arid lands of Sonora, Arizona, and beyond.

Home3Extensive travel seminars and excursions along both sides of the border and the interior of Mexico integrate two or more of the courses, enhancing students academic and personal experience by providing students with a more holistic understanding of the borderlands and the relationship the region has to broader global issues. The unique combination of coursework, field studies, and travel seminars create an outstanding opportunity to engage in an analysis of migration, the global economy, environmental degradation, development, sustainability, transnational communities, international boundaries, and justice in a land marked by numerous inequalities.

Program Dates

Spring 2015: January 27 - May 5

Fall 2015: August 18 - November 24



Happenings on the Border

Applications for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 are due by March 15, 2015. Apply now!

To kick off 2015 the BSP spent a week hosting a group of students and professors from Haverford College. Read about the groups' experience on the college's Global Citizen blog!

'09 alum Alice Ollstein now reports for Think Progress on Immigration and other political developments. Check out the archive of her work here.

Border Studies alum Sophia Yapalater is part of the ACLU New York office's Immigrants' Rights Project. Read an article she wrote related to her work - A Tale of Two Immigrants - here.

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.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get program updates, images from the field, and the latest news and analysis from the borderlands.

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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