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Guatemala: Multi City Program (Summer)
Multi-City, Guatemala
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: USD applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: 4 semesters GPA: 0 (in good academic standing)
Professor(s): Dr. Julia Medina, Dr. Michelle Camacho Disciplines offered: Arts and Sciences - non science
Accomodations: Hotel Prerequisite(s): Course Specific
Service-Learning: Yes Graduate Courses Offered: No
Program Advisor: Derek Brendel - Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes
Program Description:

Original Application Deadline: February 19, 2014
Extended Application Deadline: March 19, 2014

Guatemala Summer 2014

Program Dates: June 1st - June 20th


Tentative Itinerary Coming Soon!


SOCI 216D- Contemporary Social Issues: Power and Inequality in Global Perspective 
Professor: Dr. Michelle Camacho
Pre-requisite: None

The main issues covered in the course include: poverty and social class differences, gender inequalities, the legacy of colonialism as it relates to contemporary racism, and perspectives on sexual orientation.  As an advanced lower-division course, the material is framed by a theoretical lens and a methodological approach that grounds the material broadly within the discipline of sociology.  In Latin America, these topics are adaptable to the local context.  Because the course is taught through the lens of “power and inequality in a global perspective”, contemporary social issues in Latin America can be compared and contrasted with U.S. conceptualizations of race/class/gender.  As racism in the context of Latin America results from a history of colonialism, students will understand how contemporary conceptualizations of race are intimately intertwined with class relations.  This course requires some data collection using participant-observation as a methodology, requiring students to analyze differences at the local level and share preliminary insights about social relations.  Applied in the field, students will be assigned projects to identify examples of how race and class overlap in the local context, such as among servers and served (in restaurants or touristic locales).  Additionally, intersections of race/class/gender are evident in the open air marketplaces, where students will be able to study how social differences are enacted by market vendors.

Additional Information: Fulfills Social Science core requirement. This course is a D course.

SOCI 494- Guatemala: Contemporary Society
Professor: Dr. Michelle Camacho
Pre-requisite: None

During the twentieth century, Guatemalan society has experienced enormous changes in local and global economics, culture, and ecology. This course will explore advanced topics in contemporary social issues specific to the case of Guatemala.  Topics to be covered include social, cultural and material practices relevant to Guatemalan urban and rural landscapes.   We will use various disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches (including sociology, anthropology, history, cultural studies) and explore issues specific to Guatemala relating modernity, globalization, race, gender, nationalism, and nature.   We will also take the cultural and material practice of tourism seriously. Some of the important questions we will address include: What does the practice of tourism reveal about the cultural construction of nationalism, race, and ethnicity? What does the tourist's insatiable appetite for "authentic culture" tell us about modernity itself? What are the effects of tourism on local communities who sell services and cultures to visitors? How do local communities disrupt or challenge the tourist gaze?

SPAN 394/494-  Guatemala: Cultural Legacies and Current Realities
Professor: Dr. Julia Medina
Pre-requisites: SPAN 394- SPAN 202 or equivalent. SPAN 494- SPAN 301, 303 and 304.

This Spanish immersion program provides students with an introduction to the history and cultures of Guatemala, and to some of the current challenges faced by this Central American country. Three thematic threads are interwoven throughout the readings, texts analyzed, and site visits: Mayan cultural legacies and present realities; armed conflict, genocide, and justice; and Projects in social change (fair/direct trade, microfinance, and social entrepreneurship). The course has a community-based approach in that dialogue and engagement with community members in a central feature; group reflections then follow all on-site activities with a special focus on the symbolic dimensions of intercultural communication.

Additional Information: This is a Spanish language immersion program: all students enrolled in the course will make a firm commitment to speak only in Spanish at all times throughout the program. 


For a detailed description of program costs please see the Budget Sheet in the box at the top of this webpage.

Students are still responsible for their travel to and from Guatemala. Local travel costs are itemized in the Budget Sheet webpage.


Student accommodations will be in hotels located conveniently in each of the cities. Rooms are double occupancy and include breakfast.


Coming soon!

This program is currently not accepting applications.