Field Studies in Nicaragua: Spring Break 2014

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Earn 3 Credits: GEOG 392 or GEOG 592


This field program begins with several days of instruction in person and on Blackboard and 9 days in the field. The goal of the course is for students to gain an appreciation for the dynamic people and places of Nicaragua through intensive classroom and field study. This course will ask questions such as:

  • How did the demographic collapse shape the history of farming and the role of farmers?
  • How did U.S. political involvement in the 1930s and 1980s affect the state’s food security?
  • What is the role of indigenous peoples in food networks today?
  • How have natural hazards (e.g. Hurricane Mitch) altered contemporary food production within the country?
  • How has the Nicaraguan fishing industry adapted to changing global markets for lobster, shrimp, and snapper?
  • How does agricultural tourism and associated farm stays contribute to the state’s sustainable development objectives?
  • What role do food systems play in Nicaragua’s national identity?

Many of these questions will be explored within the context of human-environment relations and geographic scale.

This course will involve nine days of intensive study in the field including a service learning opportunity on the island of Ometepe. Each day will involve a combination of class lecture/discussion and a field component. Note that this class requires student participation for it to be successful. Students will be required to think critically about the texts they read and to participate in scholarly analysis and discussion of geographical and anthropological topics, focused largely on the topic of food production.



Application Deadline: January 15
Program Dates: Spring Break 2014 (March 15-23)

Final Withdraw Date: January 31, 2014



The estimated cost for the program is $2,900 - $3,200 which includes tuition, accommodations, all excursions, field trips, meals, international airfare, in-country transportation, health insurance, and personal funds. Final cost will be dependent on enrollment numbers.

Estimated Tuition

$1,770 - $2,070

Billed to Student Account

Study Abroad Administration Fee


Billed to Student Account

Study Abroad Health Insurance


Billed to Student Account

Estimated Airfare


Individual Expense Paid to Airline

Personal Expenses


Individual Expense (varies)


$2,900 - $3,200




Students will earn 3 credits in GEOG 392/592: Field Studies in Nicaragua

Click here for GEOG 392 Syllabus
Click here for GEOG 592 Syllabus


This program is open to all UNC students. Students should be 18 years or older with a clean disciplinary record.



Complete the online application below. Applications will be considered on a first-come first-serve basis.

Maximum enrollment: 20 students

*A non-refundable $400 deposit is due at the time of application to the Office of Extended Studies in Michener L50


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