Belize Field School (1995-2006)

Professor: Dr. Sara E. Alexander

Students spend a month in Bullet Tree Falls, Cayo District, Belize with Dr. Alexander, who has conducted a range of research projects in Belize over the past 15 years. The field school course is oriented around Third World development issues in general. While living in the village, students are exposed to a number of ethnographic field research techniques -- map making, proxemic behavior observation, kinship charts, life hitsories, key informant interviews, survey design and administration, and photography.

Given that the main topic of the course focuses on ecotourism, students also learn participant observation techniques through a number of field trips -- Xunantunich, San Pedro, Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary, the Community Baboon Sanctuary, and Tikal, Guatemala.

They conduct small group research projects to collect and analyze data. Students present their research findings at Baylor Scholars' Day and the annual meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology.