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CSUF: CRJU 459 Winter Session at the U.S.- Mexico Border
Southern California, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Session
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CSUF Department/Faculty-Led Housing Options: Hotels
Language of Instruction:
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
CSUF Faculty:
Castro, R.
Program Description:

CRJU 459 Crime & Justice at the U.S.-Mexico Border, Winter Session 2018
CRJU Group 2017

This class breathes life into learning about how crime occurs and the extent to which justice is ultimately rendered at the U.S.-Mexico border!!

This study  away course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of border issues related to crime, immigration, and justice. This class is highly innovative because it blends classroom teaching,along with research oriented skill-building,and travel to help students develop a richer and more robust understanding of the enforcement complexities U.S.-Mexico border.

In the class, students will travel with the professor to the U.S.-Mexico border and study strategic features of the border, hear the stories and perspectives of border residents,participate in a mini-town hall forum with members of community organizations (e.g. from both the U.S. and Mexican sides), attend a session of U.S. Immigration Court to witness removal proceedings, as well as meet and interview U.S. enforcement personnel working on the border (CBP, Customs).

Through these interactions, students will become familiar with the rapidly changing,oftentimes mercurial tone of justice at the U.S.-Mexico border.

View Professor Castro's PowerPoint Presentation about his upcoming Program:

CRJU 459 - Program Presentation


Program Dates: January 2-19, 2018

January 2-5, 2018                       Class meetings on CSUF Campus
January 8, 2018 Calexico/Holtville/El Centro, CA: – Immigrant Cemeteries; All American Canal tour.
January 9, 2018 Calexico, CA:  Fence line(s) at Calexico, Jacumba; Port-of-Entry Tour/U.S. Customs.
January 10, 2018 San Diego: Double Fence line patrol/tour/U.S. Border Patrol.
January 11, 2018 San Diego: Removal Proceedings/U.S. Immigration Court.
January 12, 2018 San Diego: Roundtable with immigrant advocacy groups. 
January 15-19, 2018 Online class meetings:  Debrief, discussion & digital storytelling

Program Highlights

  • Earn 3 units
  • Travel for a week  to visit and study strategic features at the U.S.–Mexico border.
  • Interview and critically engage human rights representatives from both the U.S. & Mexico!!
  • Witness removal proceedings  in U.S. Immigration Court.
  • Speak  AND Patrol with U.S. enforcement personnel that work on the border.
  • Build a personal archive through  innovative on-line and digital story-telling assignments.
  • Learn about enforcement paradigms and find out how they actually operate on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Information Sessions
For more information about the this program please visit any of our information meetings below.
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Course and Faculty

Students are expected to attend all of their class meetings and meet all class requirements (away, online, and on the CSUF campus), unless there is a medical reason which prevents them from doing so, and to adhere to all behavioral norms established on their respective campuses. Additionally, they are required to follow the laws and regulations, and respect the cultural mores, national traditions and customs of the host country.

Required Course:
CRJU 459: Crime & Justice at the U.S.-Mexico Border - 
You must enroll in CRJU 459 to participate in the this program. 


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Professor Rob Castro
Division of Politics, Administration, and Justice



Housing & Transportation

Students will live in hotels (double occupancy) during the study away portion of this program:
Calexico, CA: Holiday Inn Express
San Diego, CA (Chula Vista): Comfort Inn


Students will travel by prearranged carpool among members of the class, in order to defray program costs.

Costs & Financial Aid

Program Fee
Program fees cover hotel accommodation (double occupancy), breakfast each day at the hotels course activities, visits, and meetings described above, during the study away portion of this program:

  • $400.00 per participant (tentative and subject to change)
  • Program fees are based on a minimum student enrollment. If enrollment falls below the minimum, CSUF reserves the right to adjust the program fee to accommodate a smaller number of students.

Additional Costs Not included in the Program Fee

Financial Aid
There are many opportunities for CSUF students to study abroad and continue to receive financial aid. Click here to learn more about financial aid for study abroad.

Application & Deadlines


  • Good academic standing
  • Completed online program application

Deadlines and Important Dates

May 19, 2017 
Early Decision Online Application Due
May 26, 2017 Early Decision - Application Status Notification
June 2, 2017 Early Decision - Student Commitment Deadline
TBD Program Payments Due
TBD Online Program Forms Due
TBD Pre-Departure Orientation

Contact Us
Programming-related Questions (e.g. payments, enrollment, etc.): Abigail Segura, Study Abroad Program Coordinator -
Course-related Questions: Professor Castro -
Application and Online Forms: Study Abroad Office -

This program is currently not accepting applications.