Study Away – Arizona: History, Journalism and English

Walking the Line: The Reality of Life on the Borderlands

The United States has more immigrants than any other country in the world. More than 40 million people living in the U.S. were born in another country, accounting for more than one-fifth of the world’s total migrant population. Additionally, according to the Pew Research Center, Mexico is the top origin country of the U.S. immigrant population. But why do they come, what are their journeys like and what happens when they arrive in the U.S.?

Rather than read headlines about what life is like at the U.S.-Mexico border, join us as we take a desert walk along the border and meet the people who live there and have traveled there. Hear their stories and deepen your understanding about borders, economies, migration, and social justice. Students will trek along the borderlands, meet migrants and community leaders, and explore a variety of immigration-related issues through hands-on workshops.

If you believe college research can be hands-on and fun, come to an information session about our faculty-led program to Tucson, Arizona in summer 2023.

Dr. Ashley Zampogna-Krug and Professor Debbie Mura will be offering History, English and Journalism courses as part of this trip.

We will stay at dormitory-style housing at Borderlinks in Tucson, Arizona, a nonprofit organization that has been educating groups about the border for more than 30 years. Participating students will decide before the trip if we will travel into Mexico to dine with a Mexican family in their home.

Each student will choose a course to focus on during the trip and will complete other course requirements in-person and online during the Summer I semester.


Course & Trip Dates

Course Dates:  May 15 – June 25, 2023
Trip Dates: May 30 – June 6, 2023

Course(s) Offered:

HIST 137: Modern U.S. History

ENGL 122: Research and Writing

JOUR 101: Introduction to Journalism

JOUR 201: Newswriting

Participants must be enrolled in one of the courses



Thursday, November 3, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, MAN 108

Study Away Fair, November 15, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Student Life Center Lobby

Friday, December 9, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Via Zoom:


Program Costs

$2,550 (estimate until airline tickets are purchased)
Costs include: airfare, lodging, meals, and experiential activities offered through Borderlinks
Costs do not include: Brookdale tuition and fees, personal expenses

Application and Payment Deadlines

Application & Deposit Deadline – February 15, 2023
Balance of Program Fee Due – April 1, 2023

To Apply

Complete the Study Away Application – Arizona

Submit the following forms to the International Education Center:

  1. Confirmation and Statement of Refund
  2. Risk & Liability Form

Upload Forms Securely To; Enter the passcode INTL22799 or, bring them in person to the International Education Center MAC 114 – Lincroft campus.


To secure your spot, pay

$500 Non-Refundable Deposit

Check payable to Brookdale Community College (bring to MAC 114 – Lincroft Campus)

Call the International Center at 732-224-2799 to pay by credit card

For more International Education Center, or call 732-224-2799

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Ashley Zampogna-Krug, (History)


Prof. Debbie Mura, (English & Journalism)