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Belize: Abnormal Psychology and Tropical Ecology

Belize Study Abroad

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March 29, 2017

Course dates
May 22 - July 25, 2017

Travel dates
July 9 - July 23, 2017


Learn About Beautiful Belize

This interdisciplinary program to Belize offers two unique views of its diverse culture, ecology, and people. 

Professor Wallis’s course in Tropical Ecology will introduce participants to the rainforest-associated systems of Central America and their ecology through lectures, labs, and discovery-oriented investigative experiences of rainforest, wetlands, estuaries, and coastal environments of Belize. Several topics will be covered in depth. These include (but are not limited to): the general ecology of Belize, ecology of rainforests and rainforest-associated habitats, identification of rainforest fauna and flora, marine ecology, coastal ecology, identification of vertebrates, invertebrates and tropical plants, and human interactions with natural systems and their impacts. 

Professor Brzesinski’s abnormal psychology course will introduce participants to cross-cultural comparisons of mental health systems, policies, diagnosis, and treatment through lectures, labs, and discovery-oriented investigative experiences of native cultures, community agencies, educational institutions, and the inner cities of Belize. Several topics will be covered in depth. These include (but are not limited to): cultural psychology, the diagnosis/treatment/prognosis/prevention of mental illness, community mental health care, culture-bound syndromes, geriatric psychology, health psychology, primitive medicinal treatment/psychopharmaceuticals, and mental health law and policy. Together, this program will offer faculty and student participants the ability to view Belize from various unique angles and together share their findings and experiences to create a broader tapestry of this richly diverse country.

From Belize, students will journey overland to explore the magnificent Mayan ruins at Tikal in Guatemala. See itinerary above for a detailed schedule for this program.


*Apply early - space is limited! Application, all forms, payments, visa (if necessary), etc. must be processed and completed by the deadline of March 29, 2017.


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InformationAvailable courses

Students must enroll in at least one course from the list below. If desired, students may enroll in both courses, for a total of 6 credits.

Note: Please talk to an advisor to ensure you have met all college enrollment requirements AND course prerequisites.

Professor: Jim Wallis 

BSC 2362   Tropical Ecology* 3 credits

Professor: Sara Brzezinski  

CLP 2140   Abnormal Psychology ** 3 credits

*Prerequisite: (ENC 0020 or ENC 0025) And (REA 0002 or REA 0017) And (MAT 0024 or MAT 0018) Or (EAP 1695 and (MAT 0024 or MAT 0028) Or appropriate scores on the SPC Placement Test and consent of the instructor, or Program Director approval.

**Prerequisite: PSY 1012 or PSY 1020H.

PhoneLead faculty contacts

After you submit the application online, we will review your application and e-mail you with details of scheduling your interview with the Belize program lead faculty, Sara Brzezinski, 727-712-5455.