The Central America travel study is interdisciplinary, and has attracted students across various majors, particularly Media & Communication, International and Political Studies, Education, Business, and Religious Studies. Think of this as a semester approach, beginning in the Spring semester with cultural training, traveling in May and then wrapping up field notes and course work in June and July.

You are required to take two, but may take three, of the proposed course offerings:

COMM 315 • Central America Field Study

This interdisciplinary and experiential course fosters interaction with diverse physical and human environments. It provides exposure to the region's history, religions, politics, and socio-economic realities that shape the communication and cultures of Central America. (3 s.h.)

Prerequisites: None

IDIS 450 (COMM 451) • Transformational Development and Leadership 
Explore social and humanitarian responses to critical social issues such as poverty. Learn to perceive leadership through cultural, political, economic, religious, and historical lenses. (3 s.h. meets IDIS requirement for graduation) 

Prerequisites: 70 sem. hr.

GEOG/BIOL/ENVS 400 TR · Environment, Agriculture & Development
Students may tailor this Directed Study toward Geography, Biology, and/or Environmental Studies, and focus their interests on a particular agricultural or environmental topic related to development. Examples of possible topics include small-scale coffee production, erosion, managing nutrients on small-scale farms, soapberry science, or social impact of a developing soapberry market, to name a few. Students should consult with the instructor. (3 s.h.)

For more information or to apply to the Guatemala & Honduras Travel Study, please contact Professor Ruth Anaya at

Guatemala & Honduras Poster

Guatemala & Honduras Flyer


E. Ruth Anaya, D.Litt. et Phil. (Cand.) 
Ruth teaches in the School of arts, Media and Culture and the School of Business. Her area of expertise is in global leadership and international socio-economic community development in East Africa and Central America. Her focus also includes cross-cultural communication and gender studies. This travel study will be her 20th return to Central America where she engages students in transformative experiences. She is interested in increasing effective leadership responses to global and regional social, environmental, and economic challenges.

Paul D. Brown, Ph.D. 
Paul teaches courses in Chemistry, Biology, Geography (soils) and is a member of the Environmental Studies program. He is engaged in research concerning the science and marketable applications of natural compounds found in Sapindus saponaria, a tree native to Central america. The fruit of the tree has high amounts of natural soapy compounds (called surfactants), and the research involves collaborations with scientists at three Honduran universities. He is interested in how understanding the environment and underutilized plants can translate to local, sustainable development.

Read a feature article on Muhanda and the Kenya Travel Study in the Trinity Western University Magazine: Daughter of our Community.


E. Ruth Anaya 
ph: 604-513-2121 ext. 3143