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PROGRAM INFO SHEET

This is an innovative and interdisciplinary Honors College course that culminates with a four-week study abroad component in the Amazon rainforest of Peru. During Spring semester, students are introduced to various aspects of the Amazon, ranging from its geological and ecological history, its colonization and exploitation by native Americans, its exploration by European "discoverers," its biodiversity, and the current challenges facing the Amazon environment and its people. Students also develop project proposals which are then implemented during the Summer B field component of the course. During June-July, students and faculty will spend 4 weeks in the upper Amazon of Peru, where students will have a hands-on opportunity to carry out their individual projects as well as to participate in group projects led by faculty. A student designed and led community service component will be included in the Peru field excursion. The field component will be spent at a biological research stations in the Peruvian Amazon and a few additional days in Iquitos, Peru.

By the end of the course, students will have had a broad introduction to the geological, natural, and human history of the Amazon region. They will have an understanding of the biological and climatological processes that have created and which maintain the Amazon's rich flora and fauna, and will also understand the current day issues surrounding climate change, "preservation" and "sustainable use and development" of the Amazon and its resources. Finally, students will have practical experience in designing, implementing, and presenting research projects in the area of their choice. Extensive mentoring by course faculty will occur during all phases of project design and implementation.

PROGRAM SYNOPSIS

CREDITS

6 Credits total:

  • Spring 3 credits
  • Summer B (field component)-
    3 credits.

PROGRAM BASE

Miami (Spring)
Peruvian Amazon (Summer)

LANGUAGE

English and Spanish (recommended but not necessary)

LOCATION IN PERU

Madre Selva Biological Station,
Rio Orosa; City of Iquitos

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES

Iquitos open market, local music, arts and crafts  Rivereño/Yagua communities- Commandancia, Rio Orosa

EXCURSIONS

Amazon River excursion from Iquitos to Rio Orosa, exploration of forest trails and waterways in Madre Selva

ACADEMIC FIELDS

Interdisciplinary: geological, natural, and human history of the  Amazon region, biology, ecology, sociology, anthropology, international relations, art, business, medicine, geography, education and many other fields