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Trip to Panama; Exploring Panama's Canal, Commerce and Information Systems
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Panama:  Exploring Panama’s Canal, Commerce, and Information Systems - INT 3350

Spring 2013


COURSE NUMBERS AND TITLE:  INT 3350 Foreign Study Tour Panama: Exploring Business and Enterprise Information Systems in Panama


PREREQUISITES:  ECON 2301 and ECON 2302 or approval by Department Chair and the College

INT 3350 is a special topics course dealing with the impact of the Panama Canal on business and economic development in Panama. The course will emphasize how the Panama Canal has helped develop Panama into one of the most economically dynamic countries in Central America.  The students will be introduced to a range of topics: how the Panama Canal changed the country; how commerce is changing the canal; how the new canal, may again, affect the country; how information systems to track and facilitate commerce through Panama; and, how the Colon Free Trade Zone, as well as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, affect Panama’s economic development.

The second half of the course will be conducted in Panama City, Colon, and an additional Panamanian city. We will tour a number of businesses and trade-related facilities to learn about the interdependent roles that the businesses and canal play. If possible, we will travel within or alongside the Panama Canal to appreciate the engineering marvel that it is.


Dr. Houghton Brown

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452 Shea Street Bldg

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Undergraduate students must meet ALL of the following minimum requirements to apply for financial award (scholarship) of up to $1000:

  • Student must have completed at least 30 in-class hours of college-level credit and 12 of those in-class hours must be completed at UHD prior to the beginning of the semester in which the study-abroad course is offered.
  • Student must have a minimum UHD GPA of 2.0 at the time of application.
  • Student must be in good academic/financial/disciplinary standing at UHD at the time of application.
  • Student must be enrolled at UHD for at least 3 semester hours at the time of application.


Tentative Trip Itinerary

University of Houston – Downtown -   Panama Itinerary, May 2013
Depart Houston: 10 day trip:  Dates to be determined. 





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