The wide range of study abroad and research options that Millsaps College offers on the Yucatán Peninsula recently drew the attention of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Latin America correspondent Marion Lloyd wrote a story that appeared in the publication's March 13 online edition and March 18 print edition. To view a PDF of the article, click the link below.
Dr. George Bey and a graduate student help excavate a Mayan archaeological dig on Millsaps' 4,000 acre nature reserve.
Lloyd praised the programs offered by Millsaps, saying: "Unlike many such programs in Mexico, which focus on language and culture, Millsaps offers students intensive courses in their field taught almost exclusively by Millsaps professors, some 60 percent of whom have led trips abroad. Students are also encouraged to undertake internships in local businesses and participate in projects to promote sustainable development and education in Mayan communities.
"The programs are also unusual in that, rather than living with Mexican families, the students are housed at several facilities owned by the college. In addition to a two-story classroom-and-dormitory building in Mérida, Millsaps owns and operates a 4,000-acre archaeological and ecological reserve near the Mayan town of Oxkutzkab, about two hours south of Mérida."
Lloyd interviewed Dr. Eric Griffin, associate professor of English and director of the College's new Latin American Studies Program; Dr. Harvey Fiser, associate professor of business law; and Dr. George Bey, professor of sociology and anthropology and associate dean of international education; and Millsaps MBA students Lauren Guichard and Daniel Honeycutt. Also mentioned in the story was Mexican archaeologist Tomás Gallareta, local director of the facilities for Millsaps.