Social Work in a Latin American Context
The Social Work in a Latin American Context program was jointly created in 2003 by a collaboration of CSWE accredited social work programs in the Minnesota/South Dakota area and has since added partner schools and students from institutions on the east and west coasts. The program satisfies the curriculum requirements for the BSW degree and is in accord with CSWE accreditation standards. When space is available, it is open to social work majors from other CSWE accredited institutions who meet the pre-requisites for the program. Please inquire with CGEE regarding the space available to non-consortium members.
The mission of the program is to develop cross-culturally competent, ethical social work professionals with a global perspective by providing a semester of transformative, experiential learning focused on social and economic justice.
The program offers the option of community service opportunities. In addition, field experience placements are available for students with intermediate to advanced language proficiency (a limited number of placements are available for students with fewer Spanish language skills).
- International Social Welfare: The Mexican Context
- Social Work with Groups and Families: Theory and Practice
- Comparative Social Policy
- Social Work Field Experience
- Spanish language - 18 course options available ranging from beginner to advanced
- Recreational Wellness: Latin Dance
The CGEE campus in Mexico is a 15-minute walk from downtown Cuernavaca and the main city plaza, in the neighborhood of San Antón. CGEE is well established in San Antón and has many friends and close connections in the neighborhood, including some of the homestay families. CGEE is located at the top of one of the large ravines that runs through the city, offering a dramatic view from the nearby bridge that leads to downtown. Because of the ravine, there is a 100 foot waterfall right in the neighborhood, a local eco-tourist attraction.
Right across the bridge, students will find a large public garden/park, an independent movie theater, the Cathedral, and several popular cafés. CGEE-Mexico’s campus includes ample living and study space for students, a library, computer labs and wireless internet, kitchen and dining areas, and outdoor patios and gardens. The Universal language school, where students take Spanish courses, conveniently is located right up the street and has a swimming pool and racquetball court.
Students live in the CGEE study center for several weeks of the program and also participate in a local homestay for several weeks. Regional travel is included in this program, including a visit to an indigenous village where a rural homestay occurs.
The Social Work Program also includes a two-week exchange with social work students in Mexico City. CGEE social work students travel there to observe classes and practica. Then, the Mexican students travel to Cuernavaca to participate in CGEE classes and other program events.
Pre-Approved GE Credits
This is a list of pre-approved GE credits. If you want other courses to be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Advisor, Lisa Moore.
MEXICO SOCIAL WORK (CGE) APPROVED GE CREDITS