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  • Locations: Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: January Term
  • Restrictions: St. Kate's applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: January Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Guatemalan Meal PhotoGSJ Guatemala
THE PRIORITY APPLICATION PERIOD IS OVER.  While we are still allowing applications to this program, we are waiting for approvals from the priority application period for an update on availability of space.

Academic Overview

This GSJ course provides students with an interdisciplinary and global understanding of the struggle for social justice in Guatemala that incorporates hands-on strategies designed to remedy injustices. Students learn about the historical antecedents in colonialism and the Cold War which gave rise to the ongoing problems facing the Guatemalan people, disproportionately affecting indigenous peoples. A major goal of the course is to walk in solidarity with the people, to learn from them about what they consider to be effective ways to address the challenges and opportunities they face in their daily lives.   

Because health is seen as much more than simply the absence of disease, we will focus on health in the context of social, spiritual, cultural, historical, political, environmental, and economic influences--drawing on the World Health Organization’s conceptualization of health as including freedom from the fear of war; equal opportunity for all; satisfaction of basic needs for food, water, and sanitation; education; decent housing; secure work and a useful role in society; and political will and public support for programs that support these things. We will explore the connections among spirituality, culture, history, economics, environment, politics, and health. Students will have an opportunity to learn about Guatemalan lives, culture, history, meaningful experiences, and traditions from people in Guatemala City, Iximche, Chichicastenango, San Lucas Tolimán, Santiago Atitlan, Antigua, and the community of Santa Anita, Quetzaltenango, where we will do home stays. We will seek to understand feminism and healing from an Indigenous perspective, and learn from the Indigenous people in autonomous communities. This course is designed to inspire critical dialogue, expand our vision, and deepen the soulfulness with which we go forward into society to create structural changes for a more just world. In our critical readings and dialogue, we will also study how the interlocking oppressions of racism, classism, and sexism affect Guatemalan society and the world at large.
Locations Travel Dates On-Campus Dates
Guatemala City
San Lucas Tolimán
Santiago Atitlan
Santa Anita (homestay)
Champerico, Retalhuleu
January 2-23, 2019 There will be a required Global Studies orientation
and first class meeting on
November 17th, 2018. 
Please plan on attending this all-day event.

Second Required Class Meeting:
December 8, 2018: 9am - noon
Location TBD
Eligibility: This is an undergraduate course. Students must have a 2.5 minimum GPA and be in good academic and disciplinary standing to participate in this course

Prerequisites: TRW – The Reflective Woman and at least Jr. Status (60 credits)
*Priority given to Senior Applicants who complete their application before the Priority Deadline (April 13)
There are no language prerequisites for this course, however students are expected to learn cultural and behavioral norms as they travel to a part of the world where different gender roles, societal expectations, religious beliefs and cultural practices are the norms.  

Course Equivalency: CORE 3990 Global Search for Justice
This course is Writing Intensive; please note that there will be a research paper due at the end of March.  

Program and Application Information
Estimated Program Cost Included in Program Cost *Tuition Charge Notes
Estimated Range: $5,600 - $5,900

The final program fee will be published here in early December, 2018

There is a $500 deposit - $250 due at the time of application and $250 due by July 31st.  Students who begin an application after July 31st will need to submit the full $500 deposit at once. The deposit will be deducted from the total program cost when it is billed in January.

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Some additional meals
  • All required course activities
  • International Emergency Medical & Trip Cancellation Insurance
  • Global Studies Administrative Fee
  • Carbon emissions off-set donation
  • Tuition*
  • Does NOT include Baggage Fee - $25 each way for checked bags
For this J-Term Global Studies Course, students will receive 4 credits, but will only be charged for one credit of tuition at their typical program rate.  The tuition charge is included in the estimate program cost at the College for Women rate.
Applications Open: March 26, 2018

Priority Application DeadlineApril 13, 2018

Final Application DeadlineOctober 1, 2018

Maximum Spots20
Please note that all applications submitted before the Priority Application Deadline (April 13, 2018) will be reviewed between April 14 and May 4.  Students who submit applications by April 13 will be notified of decisions by May 4.  Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis after the Priority Application Deadline for courses that have space remaining.  A wait list is established when necessary.  

Faculty Directors:

Dr. Margaret Dexheimer Pharris
Professor of Nursing

Dr. Vincent Skemp
Associate Professor of Theology
Travel Advisories Button Please note that the United States Department of State has updated their travel advisories.  Click here to see the updated information on the advisory levels for each of the countries this course will visit.

Additional Program and Administrative Information
Visas: U.S. citizens are NOT required to obtain a visa for travel to the locations of this course.  Applicants who are not U.S. citizens should contact the Office of Global Studies to find if they will require a visa for travel.

Cancellation: Students who complete an application and submit the $500 deposit may withdraw their application at any time up to 100 days before travel and receive a full refund of the program deposit.  Additional cancellation information can be found within the application.

Registration: All students will be registered for Global Studies courses by the Office of Global Studies once course costs have been finalized, typically in early December for J-Term courses.  Students DO NOT need to register for Global Studies courses during the typical registration period. 

Billing: The program fee will be finalized in early December; the Office of Global Studies does everything within their power to ensure that the course cost is within the estimated range.  Students will be billed for Global Studies J-Term courses during the first week in January, and bills will be due by the end of January.


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.