students in Oaxaca making pottery

Summer Ethnographic Field Methods in Oaxaca (Anthropology 520)

Program Dates: June 11-July 6, 2023

The Center for Latin American Studies invites you to join the Ethnographic Field School in Oaxaca, Mexico! Oaxaca, one of the most beautiful areas in Mexico, is home to more than 16 different indigenous groups that make up 48% of the total population. Their cultural and linguistic differences have resulted in one of the richest cuisines in the world. 

This year’s project focuses on the cultural, political, and economic reality of the Afro-Mexicano  experience in the Costa Chica region of Oaxaca. Students will work in Oaxaca City and the coastal Oaxacan communities of Lagunas de Chacahua, Charco Redondo, El Azufre, and La Pastoria, for primary field sites. In conducting research on the cultural, political, and economic lives of its community members, students will practice the depth and breadth of qualitative methods. 

You will have a hands on experience while developing participatory 
research skills, as they investigate subsistence strategies, cultural development, ecological and cultural tourism, and resource management. The field school will provide students with a broader experience of Oaxacan culture and observe its economic landscape in efforts to better understand its impact on the politics of recognition and identity in the region.

Spanish proficiency preferred, but not required.

For more information, please visit the SDSU Aztecs Abroad page for this program.

Important Dates

  • Deadline to Apply: April 3, 2023 


Study Abroad Coordinator
Office: AL-377F
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (619) 594-1103

Dr. Ramona Pérez
Director, CLAS
Email: [email protected]

Funding Opportunities

For a list of summer abroad scholarships provided by SDSU, please visit the Education Abroad Scholarships website.

Program Cost

​The program cost for 2023 is approximately $3,400-$3,800 (price may vary). The price includes 4 weeks of accommodation in a hostel, travel insurance, and College of Extended Studies tuition fees for three units. You are responsible for airfare, ground transportation, and food.

Application Materials

Application Deadline: April 3, 2023

Space is limited. Students are encouraged to apply early. Early applications will be given priority.

To apply, please visit the SDSU Aztecs Abroad page for this program.

Juliana Huaroc
"My field experience in Ixpantepec Nieves was hands-on and allowed me to practice qualitative research. The program made it possible for our group to accomplish many things in just four weeks such as investigating some of the most prevalent issues in the community and developing the skills necessary to pursue future research projects. We produced field-notes based on our daily encounters and observations and conducted interviews with community members, meanwhile developing relationships. Because our group came from a variety of disciplines, including Anthropology, Geography, Public Administration, Public Health, and Latin American Studies, we gained a broader understanding of Nieves through different perspectives. The field school was a great opportunity to become immersed in research and learn what it takes to conduct interviews and obtain data, all while enjoying the beautiful state of Oaxaca! After the field school, I am confident I can apply these various methods to my own graduate level research. Without a doubt, I would recommend the Ethnographic Field School program to both undergraduate and graduate students."

Juliana Huaroc, Graduate Student MPA and MA in Latin American Studies