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Center for Social Concerns


Social Concerns Seminar: Border Issues

THEO 33966 / ILS 20804 / CSC 33966



This seminar will expose students to diverse perspectives about México-U.S. border and immigration issues. During the fall semester, students will meet with the seminar director five times to discuss readings about these issues. At the beginning of January of 2015, students will travel to the Southern Arizona borderlands and will attend legal proceedings focused on immigration, participate in humanitarian service efforts for migrants, hear religious leaders discuss their current and past border ministry work, and travel through the desert and ports of entry assuming that security is not an issue. Particular attention will be devoted to the intersection of religion—especially Catholic Social Teachings—and migration. Fluency in Spanish is preferred, but not required.

Immersion Location:

Southern Arizona Borderlands

Immersion Dates:

January 3–10, 2015

Size: 10–12 students

Seminar Fee: $200—Scholarships are available

This covers food, housing, and supplies, and will be assessed through student accounts during March or April. If you are accepted into the seminar and decide not to participate after November 9, 2014, you will be charged the full seminar fee.

Additional spending money: $75


  • Students must provide their own transportation to and from Tuscon, Arizona.
  • All air travel must be confirmed with the seminar director by the beginning of November.
  • Scholarships are available



  • The Border Issues class will meet Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m., Monday November 3 to Monday December 8 with a follow-up meeting in January.
  • Classes will be held in the Founders Room (135) in Geddes Hall in the Center for Social Concerns.
  • As part of participation in a seminar, we seek to live intentionally and simply during the immersion, please be flexible. We ask that you take the opportunity to invest fully and embrace the change of pace and amenities.
  • You will receive more specific details about your experience during preparation classes.
  • Most meals will be prepared by your team or in conjunction with your hosts.
  • Student leaders and your seminar director will be your liaison with community partner contacts.
  • Lodging is provided – you will be responsible for your own bedding.
  • You must participate in all class sessions and entire immersion in order to complete requirements for the course. If you miss any class for any reason you will be responsible for making the class up. 


  • Application deadline: October 17, 2014, 11:59 p.m. APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED.
  • You cannot register for the seminar until you receive registration information from Seminars staff.
  • Notification of seminar placement will happen on or before Monday October 25—please note that the credits earned in the class will be applied to your spring semester.
  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.
  • With questions about your application, email




Kraig Beyerlein

Seminar Director

(574) 631-8517




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