Aurora University

Experience an Immersion at the U.S. – Mexico Border with Drs. Eva Serrano and Matthew Dabros

LTS/PSC 3880 (4 cr): Economics, Culture, and Public Policy at the U.S. – Mexico Border

Join us for an immersive, one-of-a-kind service learning trip to coastal California (8 days, 7 nights). In San Diego, we will experience first-hand how U.S. – Mexico relations play out with regard to immigration, trade, agriculture, and the environment. We’ll roll up our sleeves alongside Border Angels, our nonprofit partner, for a water-drop trip in the Jacumba Mountains. During a guided tour of the border, we’ll meet with federal agents working to keep the nation secure. And, at the top-ranked San Diego Zoo, we’ll learn how experts are preserving scarce environmental resources. Additional excursions include a tour of the City of San Diego, a stunning and vibrant metropolis located just north of the Mexican border; a ferry ride to historic Coronado Island; and a visit to Balboa Park, home to more than 16 world-class museums. The class will meet on AU’s campus the evenings of June 5 and June 19, 2019, where we will focus on the historical and contemporary relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. Travel dates are from June 25 to July 2, 2019. Housing will be at the award-winning University of San Diego campus where dorms are ranked as one of the best college dorms in California.

This course has been approved for General Education distribution credit for “Individual and Society” (students must file a petition). Trip costs for this travel course are $1,865, including flight, lodging, transportation, daily breakfast, and some activities. This does not include AU tuition. Please contact Dr. Eva Serrano ( or Dr. Matthew Dabros ( for more information and to learn more about what is included in the trip costs. This course is highly recommended for Latino Studies minors, Political Science, and Criminal Justice majors.