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  • Locations: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Program Terms: January Term
  • Restrictions: St. Thomas applicants only
  • Program Cost: January Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.0 Subject Areas: Catholic Studies
Housing Options: Hotel Program Sponsor: UST
Research/Independent Study: No
Program Description:
Church & Culture in Mexico City

students in group hiking
Program Highlights
  • See and experience first-hand the role the Church plays in Mexico.
  • Visit and explore Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine and the ancient Teotihuacán Pyramids.
  • Serve in an orphanage and in a medical clinic at the Neza garbage dump, the largest dump in Mexico.
  • Moderate physical fitness level required.
  • Prerequisites: CATH 101 (could be waived for non-Catholic studies majors)
  • Fulfills: CATH 340 satisfies a requirement for the Catholic Studies major and minor & the Integration in Humanities requirement.
Course Description
This course provides an investigation into the ways in which Catholicism is inherently ecclesial and social. The course's framework will be taken from the analysis of society into three spheres of action (culture, politics, and economics) in relation to how the Church understands "integral human development," and its contrary of human sin, injustice, suffering, etc. We will examine in particular the role of the Church in the Americas providing experiences and examples of how the cultural, political and economic spheres of society interact.
Program Structure
On site experiences will put students in direct contact with the concrete realities in Mexico and help students to understand the background to the increasing Latino presence within the US culture and church. There will be daily group reflections that will allow them to process their experience. More specifically, we will address the challenges of cultural and poverty/migration in its complexity among the economic, cultural/moral/spiritual and political dimensions. Looking at culture and poverty/migration issues within this interdisciplinary perspective will address some of deeply rooted issues in both Mexico and the US and the complexity they convey. 

20%        Participation
10%        Summary reading paper
20%        Journal entries
50%        Integrated final reflection paper
Location and Tentative Dates
January 3 through 8, 2023             Pre-departure class meetings in St. Paul 
January 9, 2023                                Depart MSP for Mexico City
January 15, 2023                              Depart Mexico City for MSP
January 17 & 18, 2023                     Final class meetings in St. Paul 

Housing and Meals
Housing while in Mexico City will be in a hotel with secured transportation provided to and from all sites; breakfast and dinner are provided, lunches will be group grocery.

Click on the Program Cost link above for detailed cost information.
Total cost includes: tuition, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations and some meals.

Application Procedures & Deadline
  • Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
  • Log in using your St. Thomas username and password.
  • Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply during the priority enrollment period, April 1-10. Applications will be accepted after April 10 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1.
  • Download and read Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures.  You are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by its content.
Priority Application Deadline: April 10, 2022
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2022
Financial Aid/Scholarships
Students studying abroad during J-Term are generally only eligible for additional loans to help finance their study abroad costs. Please review Financial Aid for Study Abroad. Scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some Other Approved Programs. Please refer to our Scholarships webpage for details and review Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures for additional financial aid information.
For more information
On course content, contact:
Prof. Michael Naughton at 962.5712,
Nancy Sannerud at 962.5705,

On application procedures or logistical information, contact:
Office of Study Abroad | University of St. Thomas
Murray-Herrick 212 | 651.962.6450 | |

This program is currently not accepting applications.