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The primary goal of the California State University-Dominguez Hills Summer Ethnographic Field School is to help students interested in fieldwork and ethnographic methods achieve a level of methodological proficiency that will enable them to undertake future work independently and confidently. The medium of training is an on-site research project revolving around issues associated with the environmental, socio-economic, and cultural impacts of tourism. A second goal of the program is to provide students with a deeper understanding of the impacts of tourism in human societies, and the positive and negative consequences of touristic activities for local communities. This is accomplished by having the program participants design, implement, and write-up an independent, training project during the 6 weeks of their participation. Although students are not expected to focus their program on tourism, the pervasiveness of tourism in the communities in the research site will inevitably lead many students to take some note of the role of tourism in their projects. A third goal is the production of useful information and analysis that comes from their experiences working in the region. Program sponsors, governmental entities, university scientists and faculty, and relevant community leaders and collaborators are given copies of the final reports of every student participant.