Yucatan & Mexican Culture


Winter Interim: Typically 16 days from Late December through Early January
Must have completed SPAN 330

MEX 360 is designed to give students a full immersion experience.  Students will live with a Mexican family and have their three meals a day with them.  Monday through Friday the students will have class 9:00 am- 12:00. The course is structured like a conversation class. Each students will be assigned different cultural readings and will present on their readings every day and direct discussion on their topics.  There will also be grammar and vocabulary review.  From 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm students will prepare their presentations for the next day and then head home for the midday meal with their families. In the afternoons and weekend students will visit seven cities, Mayan ruins, art and history museums, take a Mexican cooking class, and much more.  The time on the Yucatan Peninsula culminates with a tour of the ancient city of Chichen Itza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and ends with the last two days in Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean Sea.  In this course students will further develop their speaking and aural comprehensions skill as well as increase their vocabulary and grammar knowledge through daily reading and writing assignments.

What You’ll Study

Course Name: Yucatan and Mexican Culture
Course Number: MEX 360
Credits: 3.0
Term & Dates: Winter Interim Term, Last Year Ran December 26th, 2019 – January 10th, 2019
Pre-Requisites: SPAN 330 – Spanish Grammar & Composition
Degree Fulfillments: Satisfies LSP Intercultural Competency Requirement
Click Here to See the Complete Course Syllabus.
Click Here to See the Program Itinerary.

Course Readings

  • Draggett, Parthena, Cole Conlin, Max Ehrsam and Elizabeth Millán. Temas.   AP Spanish Language and Culture.  Boston: Vistas Higher Learning, 2014.

What You’ll Pay (Winter 2019 Costs)


Study Abroad Enrollment Fee: $973.50

Calculated at $324.50 per credit x 3 credits

Study Abroad Course Fee: $54.00

Calculated at $18.00 per credit x 3 credits

Study Abroad Insurance Fee: $38.00

Calculated at $38.00 per month x 1 months

Study Abroad Travel Fee: $1,281.00

Including: Use of classrooms, travel package, admissions and tours, beach package, airport shuttle, contingency fee, and instructor expenses (NOTE: International Airfare is NOT included in Travel Fee**)

Study Abroad Housing Fee: $567.00

Including: Home stay fees, Cancun hotel, ALL meals

**NOTE: International Airfare is NOT included in Travel Fee, the estimated cost for this flight is an additional $500-$700.




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Your Instructor

Matthew Tornatore
Professor of Foreign Languages
mtornato@truman.edu | BH 205

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