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Oaxacalifornia—Multiethnicity and Migration

On this Seminar Abroad program, you can

  • Earn 8 quarter units in 4 weeks.
  • Enroll in UC Davis courses to fulfill degree, major, minor, or GE requirements as listed in the General Catalog.
  • Experience academic coursework enriched by both the program’s location(s) and activities.


Seminars Abroad Mexico, Native American Studies (NAS) 198 - Draft Syllabus 2019 (PDF)

The above syllabus is representative of this program. The instructor provides a term-specific program syllabus to enrolled students. The program syllabus and schedule, including the daily itinerary and planned activities, are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

This course is focused on the rapidly changing social, economic, and cultural reality of rural and urban communities of the state of Oaxaca in Southeastern Mexico. The mountainous state of Oaxaca, which is the size of Belgium, is inhabited by 17 diverse indigenous and mestizo ethnic nationalities—some of which have been migrating to the U.S., especially to California, for many years. Environmental crisis, social instability, poverty, and misguided public policies can be blamed for these cycles of circular transnational migration, however it is also true that most of the rural communities of Oaxaca are increasingly appealing to their own millennial knowledge and practices to find solutions for their survival and growth in the new globalized neoliberal political economy.

Class Format


Earn GE credit! Some courses on this program offer GE credit. Expand the sections below to view course descriptions and type of credit offered.


  • Native American Studies (NAS) 198Directed Group Study (3 units, P/NP grading only)*
  • This course includes participation on excursions and tours and attendance to guest lectures. Students are often asked to write reflective pieces. Assignment topics vary by program.

* Program and units are attached to fall quarter.