PHIL 450 (Special Topics in Philosophy)
Course Title "Social Responsibility, Ethics, and the Nutrition Transition in the Developing World"
Only $3150 all included ( 3 Credits, Travel, Lodging, Accommodation..)

Guatemala Experience- June 2013
Application is due by February 28th, 2013

We are excited to announce that we will be partnering with Mission Impact to go on an international summer trip! This year's trip is to Guatemala.


  • Where: Guatemala
  • Who: Juniors and Seniors will be given preference, but otherwise qualified students are encouraged to apply
  • Dates: June 8 to June 16
  • Estimated Cost: $3,150 ( 3 credit, all travel and lodging expenses included)
  • Sign up: After you submit your application online, we will setup an interview time for you
  • Spots available: Space is limited to 4 nutrition and dietetics, 4 philosophy and 8 business students.
  • This course will count as a student's upper level philosophy course. 
  • We will fill up quickly, so if you already know you are going, sign up online.
  • Raising support: Most students raise their support by sending out support letters. If you need help writing one, let us know.
  • More information: Once students are accepted and register for the class, you will be put on an e-mail distribution list that will provide all of the details of the trip as we get closer to the date of the trip.

Course Description

This class and the accompanying trip will provide learning opportunities and experiences in international development, international business, global justice, and nutrition in the specific context of a nutrition transition in the  developing world. Such a transition is marked by a significant change in dietary patterns; specifically, we are interested in the trend in developing countries in which people are moving away from a plant-based diet to one high in processed foods, refined sugars and animal products due to relatively new, though hugely influential, social, economic, and environmental issues plaguing these regions. This transition is causing the rate of chronic diseases to increase in these impoverished areas.  


There are multiple macro and micro factors that affect the dietary patterns and therefore the nutritional status of a population group, and so this class will examines current social, economic, environmental, and ethical influences that are contributing to the nutrition transition in developing nations.  In particular, this class will focus on the current and on-going nutrition transition in Guatemala. After the students have been introduced to the issues at hand they will use the lens of their own discipline, and collaborate with the other disciplines in the class, to develop sustainable (economically, environmentally, ethically, and socially) methods of addressing the problems causing and caused by this transition.