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Guatemala: Justice and Peace Studies
Santa Cruz del Quiche, Guatemala (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
Restrictions: Marquette applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2015 12/31/2014 12/31/2014 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Faculty-led Program
College of Business Students ONLY:
No
Credit Type:
Marquette Credit
Number of Credits:
3
Courses Available:
College of Arts and Sciences
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Courses Offered:
No
Program Coordinator:
Jessica Lothman
Program Description:

THE COUNTRY                                                                                                                                 
   
Guatemala, flanked by the Gulf of Honduras and the Pacific Ocean, is a mountainous country full of tropical flora and fauna. It holds a rich indigenous history, with Mayan ruins dotting the landscape.

Despite its beauty, Guatemala has suffered a rocky past. The 36-year-long Civil War devastated the country and efforts to seek out the accountable parties have only just begun. Guatemala has high poverty, malnutrition, and illiteracy rates. Though the war may be over, the country’s peacebuilding efforts have a long way to go.

THE PROGRAM
    
This program is offered in conjunction with the Marquette class INJP 4997, Justice and Peace Studies Capstone. The class offers a unique opportunity to experience first-hand what is taught in the classroom. During the class at Marquette, students will focus their studies on the 1960-1996 Civil War in Guatemala, the development of the country, and peacebuilding efforts.

During the week abroad, students will visit many historical and meaningful places including the first Spanish colonial capital in the New World, Mayan sacred site where religious ceremonies have been performed for years, development projects, Chichicastenago—a large indigenous market, a Jesuit University and a peace center addressing post-civil war healing.