Mexico Ocean

Mexico - Cultural Diversity & Ethics by ANTH

Students please confirm with your academic advisor if ANTH 370 counts for your engineering ethics requirement.

Why Anthropology? Anthropology is the holistic study of humanity, both past and present. Anthropology is therefore a very diverse subject and its fields of study incorporated a wide cross-section of the university. The lessons that Anthropology offer, particularly those relating to the nuanced nature of shared humanity and cultural diversity, are relevant to all walks of life.

This course, purposefully designed for STEM majors, uses real-world examples and case studies to explore the diverse nature of human culture and ethics globally. This section is structured around a 3-week trip to Merida, Mexico. In this writing intensive (‘W’), collaborative and reflective class, students will use an anthropological mindset to assess and address the sociocultural impacts of engineering and other types of projects in global settings. Through experiencing the remarkable culture and history of Mexico firsthand, students will develop an appreciation of the power of culture to define morality and normalcy—an appreciation that cannot be replicated in a classroom. Furthermore, they will develop skills necessary to communicate respectfully and function in an increasingly globalized society and economy. These skills will be integral to their future success in navigating diverse industries that often take workers to locations around the world.

Locations and Dates

  • Location: Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Dates: December 29, 2017 - January 14, 2018

*Applications are no longer being accepted, due to high volume of applicants. 

For more information contact

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Heather Thakar
Department of Anthropology
Room 309E | (979) 458-5987

Engineering Global Programs
Engineering Activities Building A

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Mr. Jordan Threadgill
Study Abroad Program Office
Pavilion 1st floor | (979) 845-0544

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Courses Offered

ANTH 370: Cultural Diversity & Ethics (3 Cr)

Students please confirm with your academic advisor if ANTH 370 counts for your engineering ethics requirement.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Good academic standing with university
  • Approval of the professor
  • Required to attend all program specific orientations

Location Information

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Merida is the capital and largest city in Yucatan State and the cultural and financial capital of the region. It’s a modern, cosmopolitan city with museums, art galleries, restaurants, shops and boutiques. A major center of commerce, Merida Yucatan is considered the crossroads of the region and one of the most important places to experience the Mayan heritage.

Merida was founded in 1542 by Francisco de Montejo “el Mozo” (the son), and built on the site of the ancient Maya city Ti’ho, meaning “city of five hills”. After the arrival of the Spanish, the ancient city’s five main pyramids were destroyed and their ruins used in the construction of Merida’s cathedral and other important buildings. Finally, on this program you will be able to explore more of the Yucatán region by visiting nearby towns, Mayan ruins and cenotes (underwater sinkholes).

Funding Opportunities

Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Program Office for financial resources:



The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid offers scholarships based on merit and financial need. Applications are available through the university’s Scholarships & Financial Aid website and deadlines are listed on the website below. The Continuing Student Scholarship application opens September 1, 2017 and closes at 11:59 pm October 10, 2017. To apply, please visit:

Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of Texas A&M study abroad programs. If you have any other questions, please contact the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid (2nd Floor Pavilion) or (979) 845-3236. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Program Office for financial resources:


Students must have a passport or proof of passport application by the program application deadline. TAMU students are encouraged to apply on campus at the Study Abroad Programs Office. For more information click here.


The following chart estimates the total out-of-pocket expenses a student may have while participating in this program. This programs are subject tpo change.

Estimated Program Fee (subject to change)Cost
Housing, Tours, Excursions, Group Meals, Coordination and Administration, Faculty Expenses, Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), SAPO Administrative Fee, Miscellaneous $1,900
Additional Expenses (not included in program fee)-
Tuition & Fees (in-state resident for 3 credit hours)* *
International Airfare $650
Passport (if not previously obtained) $145
COE Competitive Scholarship (guaranteed) for students with a 2.5 GPA at time of application $500
Total Estimated Cost$2,195

*Rolled into Spring Semester. Check the Student Business Services website ( for exact tuition/fee amount as it varies per student.