- Peace Studies Major and Minor
- Making a Living, Making a Difference
- Summer Peacemaking Fellowships
- International Programs
- Service and Immersion
- Student Organizations
There are many study abroad and international travel opportunities for students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of and experience in international peacemaking.
CRS Partnership Program
The Center for Peacemaking in partnership with the Southeastern Wisconsin Initiative for CRS sponsors an international program to engage Marquette faculty and students in the international work of CRS. The first two trips have both been to CRS projects in Ethiopia.
For this program, two staff members and up to three students travel with a delegation of other Milwaukee educators and philanthropists to one of CRS's international peace-building sites.
The students will learn about international peace building through examining the CRS development projects.
Students interested in participating in this program should participate regularly in study sessions on CRS and Ethiopia as part of the application process for the program.
Student Peacemaking Fellowships
There are many opportunities to travel internationally as part of a student peacemaking fellowship through the Center for Peacemaking. Opportunities include interning with an international NGO, partnering with a faculty member on a research project, or participating in an international peace-building delegation.
Past student fellows have completed projects in Albania, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Palestine, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and South Africa. All students pursuing an international fellowships must receive approval from Marquette's Office of International Education.
The following study abroad programs offered through Marquette University emphasize learning and service related to international peacemaking and social justice.
Delhi and Guwahati, India (Faith and Non-Violence; Religious Peace-Building in India)
Religiously, culturally, socially, politically, and economically, India is enticing and exciting. In Delhi and Northeast India, these characteristics are even more layered. In India generally, specifically in the Kohima Region of Northeast India, poverty is raw. Everyday human challenges are confusing, frustrating and heartbreaking. At the same time, the work of individuals and organizations to build sustainable peace is inspiring.
Visits include the Navjivan Renewal Centre, a holistic health and wellness center in Delhi run by the Jesuits; the Catholic Relief services (CRS) country office to meet with senior country staff and learn about CRS's integral human development model; the Lotus Temple, a prominent Baha'i house of worship, open to all people, which is seem as a symbol of religious harmony and inclusiveness; the Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) office and the Jesuit Research Center (JRC); the Jama Masjid mosque; the Red Fort; the National Gandhi Museum; a Sikh Temple; the Goban Sadan Institute, an international interfaith community; the North Eastern Social Research Center (NESRC), a research center that looks for solutions to ethnic and political conflicts in Northeast India; the Legal Cell for Human Rights (LCHR), a community-based civil society organization that was conceptualized and run by the Jesuits of the Kohima Region; the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati; and the Taj Mahal, a 17th century mausoleum of a Mughal emperor's wife.
Capetown, South Africa (South Africa Service Learning Program)
The South Africa Service Learning Program, in conjunction with the University of the Western Cape, builds upon Marquette’s strong tradition of service learning. The program offers you the unique opportunity to increase their understanding of the people, history, culture and traditions of South Africa through integrated academic course work and direct immersion into the culture through community-based service. Service learning sites provide opportunities to engage in community education, empowerment, mediation, training, research and more. Past students have worked with local nonprofits that address issues as diverse as HIV/AIDS and other health concerns, family violence, gender inequities, sustainable living, and the education and development of youth.
San Salvador, El Salvador (Casa de la Solidaridad)
Casa de la Solidaridad is a Jesuit study abroad and service learning program administered by Santa Clara University. Program participants attend classes at the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) campus in El Salvador’s capital city, San Salvador, with other program participants. At UCA, distinguished faculty teach students in areas such as liberation theology, social analysis of their praxis communities, Spanish language studies, Salvadoran history, political science and sociology. The Casa program is a unique community-based learning program, which challenges students to integrate the reality of a developing country with rigorous academic study. As part of the program, students are placed in service learning sites within marginalized communities, spending two days a week accompanying the poor through their everyday lives. The mission of the Casa de Solidaridad is justice and solidarity through direct immersion with the poor of El Salvador.
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Argentina (Casa Argentina)
Casa Argentina engages the Ignatian ideal of "well-educated solidarity" on all levels from the types of courses offered to the ways in which students are housed and engage with one another and with host country citizens. In the Casa Argentina program, you will spend a semester immersing yourself in the complex social, political, historical reality of Argentina, learning to accompany those living on the margins, and challenging yourself to grow and develop as a person for others. Casa Argentina collaborates with the Universidad Católica de Córdoba, which is the oldest private university in Argentina.
Philippines (Casa Bayanihan)
Casa Bayanihan offers you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the reality of the Philippines. The program is rooted in four components, or pillars: accompaniment, academics, community and spirituality. Beginning with sustained accompaniment of the poor, the Casa Bayanihan integrates a praxis/service experience into rigorous academic reflection, and then supports this reflection through a carefully structured web of spiritual and communal support. This then facilitates the transformation needed to develop a “well-educated solidarity.” From the booming metropolis of the capital city, Manila, where Casa Bayanihan is located, to the rural fishing villages of the coast, amazing mountains, and crater lakes, the Philippines is a land full of life and beauty to be explored.