Advanced Honors Trip

Argentina, Chile, Easter Island
Advanced Honors Trip
Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 2early Junelate JuneBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 3.0
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Hotel
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

The Advanced Honors Trip is open to Advanced Students (sophomore status through senior status), but may be especially interesting to students who are interested in Spanish, anthropology, and South American culture. Students will study culture through the lens of language and anthropology. You will travel and experience new cities and visit three different countries, exploring ideas about the relationship of art to various fields. You will earn six units of humanities general education credit at no cost; summer tuition is included as part of the trip.


Tentative 2019 dates: June 1-15 (Argentina) and June 15-30 (Easter Island)

The 2.5-week immersion experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Associate Dean Melissa Fitch, author of two books on Argentina, will highlight the most salient features of the country’s fascinating capital city. Known as one of the most important cultural centers in the world, students will have the opportunity to explore the city’s vibrant life.

We will learn the history of the country’s famed Colon Opera house, modeled after the Paris Opera House, and attend a performance of the city’s famed ballet. We will study the unique street art and architecture of the city’s neighborhoods on foot, on bike, by boat and by scooter. We will also explore the city’s rich immigrant history, including the mass Italian immigration at the end of the 19th Century, making that Mediterranean nation the country of origin for the majority of the Argentina’s population (and leading to a rich culinary history), as well as the neighborhoods of more recent immigrants from Korea and China.

Students will become familiar with the country’s greatest film and literary achievements, including select works of Jorge Luis Borges and Roberto Arlt, and some Argentina’s Oscar-winning films such as the Secret of her Eyes. We will learn of the role of café culture to the literary history of the city, and visit some of South America’s oldest establishments, many more than a century old.

A trip to Argentina would not be complete without a tango lesson and a visit to the city’s any tango dance venues. Although the majority of the time will be spent learning about urban culture, there will be a visit to the country’s rural interior to learn about gaucho (Argentine cowboy) culture.

We will head to the border where Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay meet to explore via hiking trails, catwalks and boat the remarkable Iguazu Falls, which US first lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said made Niagara Falls look like a “water faucet,” before the students return to depart from Buenos Aires to Santiago, Chile. 

After exploring Santiago students will then travel to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) with acclaimed anthropologist and Dean of the University of Arizona Honors College, Dr. Terry Hunt.  Dr. Hunt provides an expert perspective on Easter Island, as his work has been highlighted in National Geographic TV.  Students will uncover evidence of the island's environmental and ecological transformation through the anthropological lens that can be adaptive to various majors and interests within hidden culture.


All students will earn 6 units by participating in this program. 

HNRS 160D: Honors Quest

HNRS 208: Advanced Critical Thinking and Writing for Honors Students

These courses fulfill general education requirements. HNRS 160D is a Tier One TRAD course, and HNRS 208 is a Tier Two Humanities course.  In some cases, other course numbers can be substituted.


Dr. Melissa Fitch & Dr. Hunt


Students will stay in various hotels in Argentina and Easter Island.


Iguazu Falls in Argentina; others TBD

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