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Costa Rica Courses

History – Thomas Cauvin

HIST 395 – Historical Documentary Production

This course will introduce students with the basic skills (Oral History, Film Production, and Video Edition) to produce a short historical documentary. Before the trip, students will become familiar with the necessary techniques that would be applied during the travel. No preliminary requirement is needed. Images and short interviews will be collected during the various visits (museums, historic sites, monuments, and parks) and lectures in Costa Rica. We will explore how a historical documentary can reflect and inform our understanding of the past. Students taking HIST 395 will receive a $750 award toward the overall cost of the study abroad program from the History Department. There are 10 awards. Eligibility for the $750 is dependent upon the student’s good academic standing and the evaluation of a one-page application essay stating the student’s interest in studying history in Costa Rica.

MBA/Management – Patricia Lanier

IBUS 540 – International Business

This course will provide an introduction to the vocabulary and practices of international business to include a cross-disciplinary perspective of the complexities of international management and competition. We will utilize targeted readings along with experiential field trips to the jungle where you can see volcanoes, monkeys, and toucans, along with the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica.

Marketing, Hospitality Management & Legal Studies – Chase Edwards

BLAW 412 – Legal Issues in the Hospitality Industry

Join business, hospitality, and pre-law majors in tropical Costa Rica for a hands-on, practical experience in Legal Liability in Recreation, Adventure Sports and Eco-Tourism. Learn about tort law and risk management while zip-lining through the rainforest or snorkeling off the beautiful beaches with real companies in Costa Rica that regularly deal with adventure tourism and hospitality issues. Case studies will be utilized in the pre-travel classes here in Lafayette, and our time in Costa Rica will focus on inspections of facilities and programs that will allow students to develop an understanding of what it takes to operate these businesses. This trip is sure to be the highlight of your career at UL Lafayette.