SOC 147 Engaging the Sonoran Border

Course Description:

This travel course provides students an opportunity to learn about the impacts of US border policy on marginalized peoples, especially those migrating to the US from Mexico and Central America as well as the indigenous Tohono O’odham by visiting, observing, and engaging in that environment. Current issues will be placed in historical context from the Gadsden Purchase of 1853 and naturalization of indigenous peoples to the modern usurping of the sovereign rights of the Tohono O’odham through border enforcement.

Counts toward the Latin American Studies Minor and the Conflict and Resolution Studies Concentration.

"Although we can learn about things on the news, it's not the same as witnessing events firsthand. This course allowed me to branch out of my comfort zone and learn so much about an environment and topic I had previously known so little about."

Julia Schaffer '21


" If you really want to take a course that educates you on the topic of immigration and gets you out of your comfort zone you should really take this course. You get to meet new people and experience a lot"

Junior Mensah '20

See the border in Nogales

Meet Border Patrol

Visit an ICE Detention Center

Witness Operation Streamline in Federal Court

Through nonconfrontational means, Los Samaritanos | Tucson Samaritans provide water, first aid, and other life-saving services to anyone in the desert. We will be trained and volunteer in the desert with this group of samaritans.

Visit the Tohono O'odham Nation and hear the stories of those who lived in this region long before any kind of political border existed...

Lots of desert and mountain hiking

Learn about indigenous agricultural practices

Trip cost is $1700 ($800 deposit due Sept 30)

(includes airfare, lodging, food, most meals, fees, van, etc.)

Contact Dr. Jason Kilgore (Biology Department, jkilgore@washjeff.edu) if you are interested!

Seats are limited...to 10 students!