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Jamaica: Falmouth - Arts & Sciences Program (Summer)
Falmouth, Jamaica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 03/04/2015
Rolling Admission 06/01/2015 06/21/2015

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: None GPA: good academic standing
Professor(s): Dr. Brian Clack, Dr. Rafik Mohamed Internships: No
Disciplines offered: Arts and Sciences - non science, Core, Sociology Accomodations: Hotel, Villas
Prerequisite(s): None Service-Learning: Yes
Program Advisor: Derek Brendel - Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes
Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:

JAMAICA: Falmouth
USD Summer Program 
Summer 2015
Jamaica is a small, culturally-rich island nation located in the Caribbean Sea. The warm hospitality, music and customs in Jamaica compliment the bright and beautiful scenery that encompasses this remarkable island. Students who participate in this four-week summer program will live in Duncans, a small community just outside the city of Falmouth, on Jamaica's north coast near Montego Bay. 
USD sends students to Jamaica two times per year in an effort to maintain what has become a remarkable connection between the USD campus community and the locals who live in Duncans, Jamaica on the island's northern coast. In addition to earning course credit while abroad, students have the opportunity to engage in service within the community at local schools, learning centers and in rural neighborhoods. The community of Duncans holds a special place in the heart of many USD students, staff and faculty. This four-week faculty-led program offers students the chance to study the history and culture of Jamaica while also being immersed in the community. 
You may select one or both of the offered courses.


SOCI 494DW: The Black Atlantic (3 Units)


Instructed by: Dr. Rafik Mohamed


With a particular emphasis on Jamaica, this course provides an overview of Caribbean society and culture from the beginning of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present. Specific attention will be given to the themes of colonization, slavery, culture, and resistance. Students are asked to consider the role European colonization played in shaping Caribbean societies and culture for the bad and the good, and the role of the world's most powerful nations in detracting from the self-determination and global competency of less-developed former colonies. This course seeks to engender cultural competence in students and have them use Caribbean cultures as a lens through which they critically evaluate their racial, ethnic, gendered, national, and socioeconomic selves.

Additional Information:

  • SOCI 101 is recommended as a prerequisite
  • Fulfills "D" and "W" Core Requirements 

  • Counts toward IR major requirements

  • Can be cross-listed as an Ethnic Studies or International Relations class

PHIL 330: Ethics: Liberty & Its Opponents (3 units)
Instructed by: Dr. Brian Clack

In this class, we will explore some central issues in ethics, utilizing our location in Jamaica as an opportunity to focus our attention on the vital and living issues of personal liberty. We will begin by exploring (a) the most important moral theories (deontology, consequentialism, virtue ethics) and (b) the relation between religion and morality. This latter issue will allow us to explore the ways in which religion historically has had both a positive and a negative effect upon moral behavior and the treatment of others. One dramatic example of the latter effect was the church's role in the transatlantic slave trade, and we will use our Jamaican setting to explore this matter, also investigating the manner in which philosophers (such as Aristotle and Aquinas) justified slavery. Since slavery is the most extreme example of the denial of liberty, the remainder of the class will (by sustained attention to John Stuart Mill's classic text On Liberty) focus on matters of personal liberty, an issue again brought into prominence by our location in Jamaica, where homosexuality is illegal. This class satisfies USD's ethics core requirement.

Additional Information:

  • Fulfills Ethics Core requirement

A cornerstone of the Jamaica study abroad program is the community service/immersion component. USD students visit a local elementary school, help lead classes, and interact with the children in an effort to better know Jamaican culture. Other service-learning options include the Granville Place of Safety, a residential facility for girls who, for a variety of reasons, have been marginalized.

Additionally, Students visit sites of cultural, literary, and historical significance including tours of Falmouth, visits to former plantation "great houses" and a trip to an extremely rare bioluminescence bay.


For one 3-Unit course the cost is $4,800 and for both courses (6-Units) the cost is $6,750. For a detailed description of program costs, please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. Click on the link which corresponds to the term you plan to study abroad. 



Students will stay in groups at Silver Sands villas for the majority of the program's duration and hotels while on excursions. 


Watch the Jamaica Summer Program Video

To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)