Why study with the ICADS Field Program in Environment & Sustainable Development in Costa Rica?
Learn about environmental issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective
Study intersection between community, ecosystem, economics and politics
Explore environmental and economic implications of plantation and small-scale agriculture, eco-tourism, bio-prospecting, and national park management.
Analyze impact of export-oriented development on family, class, and race relations.
Learn strategies for natural resource conservation through organic agriculture and sustainable extraction of timber and other forest products
Open to all majors and may be of particular interest in these subject areas:
Global Development Studies
Latin American Studies
Ecosystem Management and Sustainability
In ICADS' semester-long Field Program, students gain research experience in both the natural sciences (forest ecology, agro-ecology, soil sciences) and social sciences (sociology, anthropology, history, economics) while learning to address environmental issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. Students are provided with the analytical tools and research expertise to make meaningful contributions to ongoing work in the area of “sustainable development,” with the recognition that workable solutions to environmental conflicts can only come from an understanding of the intersection between community needs, ecosystem dynamics, and political-economic systems.
The Field Program is divided into 3 blocks:
- Block I: 5 weeks - Spanish course and Latin American Perspectives on Justice and Sustainable Development Course
- Block II: 4 weeks - Field Projects: Ecology of Managed and Natural Ecosystems
- Block III: 5 weeks - Independent Projects (IPs): Written work, oral presentations, final evaluations and reentry presentation/discussion