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Jamaica: Falmouth - Arts & Sciences Program (Summer)
Falmouth, Jamaica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer,
Program Cost
To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: None GPA: good academic standing
Professor(s): Dr. Bradley Chase, Dr. Carole Huston, Dr. Evelyn Cruz, Dr. Rafik Mohamed Internships: No
Disciplines offered: Arts and Sciences - non science, Communication Studies (COMM), Core, Engineering (ENGR), Sociology, Theatre (THEA) Accomodations: Hotel, Villas
Prerequisite(s): None Service-Learning: Yes
Program Advisor: Derek Brendel - Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes
Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:
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JAMAICA: Falmouth
Summer 2017
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. 
Students may select one or two of the offered courses for a total of 3 or 6 units.
COMM 475D: Intercultural Communication (3 units)
Professor: Dr. Carole Huston
Pre-requisite: None
Additional Information: Fulfills D core requirement. Elective for COMM major/minor 

Intercultural Communication in Jamaica means providing students with a transformational experience around identity issues and culture. Certainly, there are the legacies of colonial and postcolonial histories to consider; field trips to the “Great House” will help students to grasp the lived reality of Jamaica’s past as a door to understanding its present and future. In the first week of this course, students will be immersed in pop-cultural representations of “identity,” “power,” and “culture” in Jamaica, including music (Afro-Carribean hip-hop, reggae, reggae fusion, mento, ska), and art, street art, and artisan production (Taino through post-colonial); working with students from the Theatre and Community course, these will become ways of exploring the performance of culture as multi-media messages in the construction of meaning in everyday life. Connections between these elements and similar levels of pop-culture in the US will be examined. During the second week, the focus will be on the sociocultural influences on identity formation, such as language (Patois), family, social networks; field trips will include visiting open air markets and restaurants to explore food, clothing, etc. and to observe town and market life as a means for understanding how food is prepared and consumed for students in the program. Students will again join students in the Theatre and Community course to understand how family life and self-narratives constitute a critical set of identity performances in any culture. In the final week, students will study cultural difference by examining socioeconomic contexts of “class” and “religion” as broad frameworks for their community partner experiences. Discussions include problems with multicultural understanding and co-existence. 

ISYE 494: Humanitarian Engineering (3 units)
Professor: Dr. Bradley Chase
Pre-requisite: Junior standing
Additional Information: Fulfills technical elective for all Engineering majors. Non-Engineering majors are welcome to participate.

Engineering is based on science and mathematics and is concerned with the application of this knowledge in the design process.  An engineer can engage in humanitarian work that may not be, strictly speaking, “humanitarian engineering”.  To be Humanitarian and Engineering, the humanitarian work must contain engineering design content or at least employ engineering related tools and analytical techniques.   Humanitarian engineering is best interpreted, then as humanitarian and engineering.  Humanitarian engineers must understand people and communities and how to truly serve the needs of those groups within the cultural and socio-economic contexts in which they exist.  Topics covered include poverty, sustainability and culture, social justice, sustainable community development strategies, and the application of engineering principles to directly improve the well-being of under-served or marginalized community groups.  This course is a combination of lecture/seminar coverage of topics and community-based humanitarian engineering projects.


SOCI 494D: 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: Fulfills D Core Requirement.

  • SOCI 101 is recommended as a prerequisite
  • Counts toward Sociology or IR major requirements

THEA 375C/D: Theatre and Community (3 units)
Instructed by: Prof. Evelyn Cruz 

This course, which uses a non-traditional approach to creating theatre, is offered as a community based service-learning experience.  Students will explore how issues of race, privilege, gender and sexual orientation inform our own prejudices and issues of privilege within a global context.  In preparation for creating art that is socially conscious and culturally sensitive, students in this class will attend lectures and field trips on the Black Atlantic.  Students in this course will be guided in creating theatre that serves specific communities and their concerns.  Students will be involved in the writing, work-shopping, directing, acting and designing of theatre narratives inspired from both the personal and the community.  Students in this class will participate in a final performance of theatre in the community. 

Additional Information: Fulfills D and C Core Requirements. 

  • Counts towards Theatre Arts and Performance major requirements
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 $4,850 and for two courses (6-Units) the cost is $6,950. 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. 


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