Courses and Requirements

FSB Costa Rica. Photo collage: The sunset casts an orange glow on the ocean. Piles of fresh fruit. A mountain. A small waterfall. Two toucans. A

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Students participating in this program will take BUS 399 (3 credit hours) and LAS 299 (3 credit hours). 


2.6 GPA by January 2015 & 58 earned hours by May 2015, or permission of instructor if less than 58 hours have been earned.  Students must also meet the FSB Disciplinary Policy Standards (see policy).  Students must be at least 18 by the program departure date. Business majors given priority.  26 students will be enrolled in this workshop. 

Second Semester Expectations: 

During second semester there will be pre-departure meetings that require mandatory attendance. These meetings will address background learning and travel tips. 

Courses Offered:

BUS 399:  Sustainable Development and Conservation in Costa Rica    (3 credit hours)

Students will keep a blog during their time in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  the journal will be shared with faculty, and may be shared with others.  Students will write entries on most days, and entries will be evaluated for completeness (does it include many activities of the trip?), reflectiveness (does it go beyond reporting what happened, and comment on the meaning made from the activity?). 

taught by Dr. Janice Kinghorn

LAS 299:   Latin America's Reaction to Neoliberalism and Globalization     (3 credit hours)

Students will analyze historical relations between citizens, immigrant labor, and natural resources in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  The class will be visiting a pineapple farm that has its ownership in Texas, and operates with local management and seasonal workers (pickers, packers, etc.) from Nicaragua.  This is a very important process that enables students to understand the process of global supply chain.  Students will describe how various cultural practices, knowledge, and values influence perspectives on environmental change and conservation issues.  Students will also experience a homestay with a family in a Costa Rican community. 

taught by Mr. Juan Carlos Albarran