Applicants must have taken course work in Spanish at any level or possess minimal knowledge of Spanish. Heritage speakers who lack formal training should contact CONEXIONES language staff. Students will be required to purchase the text listed below and read assigned selections from the text in preparation for the field study. The reading assignments from the text will be given to students no later than March 1.
An essay on the readings will be required, based on questions provided to the student at the first group meeting at the end of March. The essay must be completed in satisfactory form by June 18, 2010.
Reading selections will come from:
The Mexico Reader: History, Culture, and Politics: Gilbert M. Joseph, ed.

All students must register for the following TWO seminars:

  • UHON 301 031 CONEXIONES:  A Field Course in Mexican Culture : (3 hrs) This seminar, an in-depth examination of Mexican culture, is experientially based. It features investigative assignments to be completed in Morelia, field trips within Michoacán, and optional weekend field trips to more distant locations such as Mexico City or Uruapan, and Guanajuato.  All field work and trips will be accomplished by students in small groups.  Field study of will culminate in research documentation of a traditional festival in the Sierra Tarasca.  The village of Angahuan, Michoacán is famous for its Fiesta de Santiago, the Feast of St. James on July 25. All students must register for this course, which should not be confused with the Spanish 301 course described below.
  • UHON 399 Lab: Experiential Explorations of Mexican Culture Via the Conexiones Cuaderno (1 hr) A self-guided program of Mexican Culture Study. To be taken concurrently with UHON 301 as a “laboratory’ for that Seminar.

Note: Students willing to do enhanced work in Spanish while examining Mexican culture via UHON 301 and 399 can petition to have these credits recognized as language credits.

CONEXIONES uses a language institute approach in Spanish instruction. The UNM professors coordinate instruction in Morelia assisted by Mexican Spanish teachers. Students attend intensive classes (3-4 hours daily).  The student-teacher ratio is no more than six to one (except in literature classes). Experiential assignments in Spanish dovetail with work in the Honors culture study course and culminate in the research documentation of a traditional village fiesta.

All Students MUST Register for ONE of The Following Courses:

  • SPAN 200 031 Intermediate Spanish Abroad: (3 hrs) Grammar and conversation with emphasis on Mexican Culture (for students with minimal Spanish -see pre-requisite section above). This course is taught with a communicative-based methodology and is based on two components. On one hand, the textbook emphasizes grammatical or lexical knowledge and engages students in the practice of the four language skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking). On the other hand, the rich context of the local environment within Mexico provides topics for our communicative activities and the opportunity for daily practice in the target language.
  • SPAN 301 031 Conexiones: Fiesta Documentation: Field study of Mexican Culture will culminate in a documentation of a traditional festival in the Sierra Tarasca.  The village of Angahuan, Michoacán is famous for its Fiesta de Santiago, the Feast of St. James on July 25, which is celebrated with the dance of the Moors.
  • SPAN 439 031 Contemporary Mexican Literature: (3 hrs) Explores the complexities of Mexican expressive culture in its literacy dimension.  This course will focus on works that provide literary context for research documentation of the traditional village fiesta that that all Conexiones students will undertake in the 2010 field session.   
  • Spanish 203: Spanish Conversation: (3 hrs) While in Mexico, students are in an environment that requires continual use of the language: in the classroom, with their families, in the streets. This is an optional offering in the Conexiones Program. Students who register for this course will gain credit for their submersion in the Spanish-speaking environment after the successful completion of an oral interview conducted by faculty at the end of the period in Mexico.

Graduate credit available through Independent Study. Contact the program directors for more information.