Courses Being Offered
Marine Biology: Field Biology in the Caribbean
BSC 404/404L or 504/504L - 4 credit hours
Prof. Scott Milroy – firstname.lastname@example.org or 228.688.7128
This course will introduce students to the marine biology of Jamaica
through a series of intensive, hands-on field activities that focus
on organisms from local sandy beaches, rocky shores, mangrove
forests, sea grass meadows, and coral reefs. Readings, lectures,
and discussions will address basic concepts of coral reef biology
and the impact of human activities on coastal resources.
Students must be able to swim independently.
Students must bring their own snorkel, mask, fins, snorkeling vest;
a snorkeling lesson will be given in Jamaica.
Prerequisites: Introductory Biological Sciences I and II
(minimum grade of C) or permission of the instructor.
There is an additional $125 lab fee charged for this course.
Literature: Literature of the Caribbean
ENG 496/596 - 4 credit hours
Prof. Miranda Freeman - email@example.com or 601.977.4483
This course serves as an introduction to the literature of the Caribbean,
primarily through fiction. Students enjoy a rare opportunity to read and
discuss literature while living within its cultural context, learning about
the local political and social histories informing the literature. Students
experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes described in the
literature studied, including exposure to the regional dialects and
languages often found in the texts (Patois, Creole, etc.).
Finally, students engage critical theories on race, gender
Recreation: Inclusive Recreation and Sport for a Diverse Society
HPR 351 - 4 credit hours
Prof. Rick Green - firstname.lastname@example.org or 601.266.5576
This course is designed to introduce students to the methods and best
practices of inclusive community recreation and sport service
delivery. Students will be introduced to contemporary models of inclusion
and service delivery as they apply to community recreation and sport.
The course requires students to 1) apply models of inclusion and service
delivery in order to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities
into community recreation and sport programs, and 2) recognize the
needs of other marginalized groups in Jamaica as the barriers to
community recreation and sport services. Students will be introduced
to a variety of under-represented social groups and the barriers to
community recreation and sport unique to each social group. Students will
learn about the needs of people with disabilities from a historical
perspective, and discuss legislation that guides current service
delivery in the USA and Jamaica. Barriers to inclusion will be identified,
and strategies for overcoming these barriers in the developing
world will be discussed. Finally, students will be introduced to best
practices for serving people with disbailities in Jamaica, including
legislation, public and private service providers, and sport and
recreation opportunities for people with disabilities.
There will be an additional $150 travel fee for persons
departing from Halifax, Canada.
Nutrition: Hunger and Justice in the 21st Century
NFS 492/692 - 4 credits hours
Prof: Alicia Landry – email@example.com or 601-266-5184
The focus of this course is to examine issues around hunger
and the nutrition transition occurring throughout the world with
an emphasis on the Caribbean rim. Issues around food
production, trade agreements, migration and agribusiness
will be explored as well as health and chronic disease issues
related to the nutrition transition. We will discuss global and
local efforts to eradicate hunger and further explore issues
around hunger and the nutrition transition by visiting markets,
farms, plantations, urban and rural areas as well as having
guest lecturers and presentations.
Nursing: Health Care Delivery Systems
NSG 489 - 4 credit hours
Prof. Cathy Hughes – firstname.lastname@example.org or 601.266.5493
This nursing course examines the overall health delivery systems and
population focused health care in Jamaica. The course uses a systems
approach to explore the health of individual, family, and community and
focuses on topics such as prevention, acute care, alternative and holistic health
care, and volunteer agencies for the health care delivery system of the island.
Included are field trips to hospitals, health centers, community agencies, and
the Ministry of Health. The examination of the delivery of care and services are
facilitated through faculty lectures, Jamaican guest speakers, interactions with
local Jamaicans and agency/site visits.
Prerequisites: first semester nursing junior or approval of instructor.
Social Work: Human Rights and Social Development in Jamaica
SWK 495/695 - 4 credit hours
Prof. Karen Aderer – Karen.email@example.com or 228.214.3225
This course provides a cross-cultural experience in which
students learn about Jamaican culture, human rights, social
development, and social welfare. Students explore issues
related to social justice, social development, and social welfare,
along with the service delivery approaches being used to
address the social needs of Jamaicans. Students visit Jamaican
social service agencies in many of the traditional fields of
practice (family and children, health, mental health,
education, disabilities, and corrections).
Prerequisite: Social work majors
Psychology: Culture and Psychology - Caribbean Studies
PSY 492/692 – 4 credit hours
Prof. Vivian Dzokoto – firstname.lastname@example.org or 804.828.4925
This course is designed for students to get a “hands on”
introduction to Cultural Psychology and counseling from both
U.S. and Caribbean American perspectives with an emphasis
on Jamaica. The influence of global psychology has increased
in recent years, and this course introduces students to basic
and applied psychological principles as well as views of mental
health within a Jamaican context. Students also investigate
religious/folk beliefs, mental illness, cultural values, and family
roles. The course includes site visits to local mental health
agencies, churches, hospitals, and universities. Students will also
be able to ask questions about psychology through interactions
with Jamaican experts.
Mass Communication: Caribbean Mass Media Systems
MCJ 489/589 – 4 credit hours
Prof: Cheryl Jenkins – email@example.com or 601.266.6241
This course examines press freedom and politics in the Caribbean
and the influence of new media technology on efforts to investigate
and report on Jamaica’s unique political, social, and economic
realities. As is the case in all transitional countries around the globe,
the media landscape in Jamaica is engaged in a process of presenting
news coverage by incorporating new electronic technologies (blogs
and social media), lasting effects of the post-colonial culture,
current political ideologies, and traditional newspaper circulation.
The course explores the ideals of free expression along with the cultural
and political constraints that can hinder the right of the press to report
and expect a more transparent and accountable government.
Students will have the opportunity to explore, for example,
how the media has reported the 2nd term of Jamaica’s first female
prime minister, the 50th year anniversary of national independence,
and other emerging social issues (tourism, crime, finance, etc.). The
format for the class will include class visits to newspaper and TV
agencies, special guest speakers, and opportunity to interact with
Jamaican’s about their perceptions of the “news” and the press.
Public Health in Jamaica
CHS 492/792 - 4 credit hours
Prof. Ray Newman – firstname.lastname@example.org or 601.266.5435
This course explores public health issues in Jamaica. Students
learn about public health challenges facing Jamaica with particular
attention to the prevention and planning models for public health
programs, disease management, and the sustainability and
organizational structures of care management systems (both
government and NGOs). The course requires students to identify
similarities and differences between the Jamaican experience and
the public health models they are familiar with in the USA. The
course includes lectures, guest presentations by Jamaican Public
Health officials, and site visits to public health agencies.
Religions of the Caribbean
REL 499/599- 4 credit hours.
Prof. Amy Slagle – email@example.com or 601.266.4518
This course examines the rich tapestry of religions that
currently exist in the Caribbean from theological,
philosophical, and anthropological points of view. The
Caribbean, particularly Jamaica, provides a meeting
ground for various religious forms from Africa and Europe.
Students will explore processes of cultural fusion and
resistance in Protestant Christianity, Catholicism,
Rastafarianism, Vodoun, Obeah, and folk Jamaican beliefs.
The variety of religious traditions alone allows much room for
students to pursue their own interests. Lectures, readings,
films, class projects, field trips, and interactions with Jamaicans
offer students unique insight into the diverse religious worlds
of the Caribbean.
Comparative Education in the Caribbean
REF 820/HE 791 - 4 credit hours
Prof. Tom O’Brien – firstname.lastname@example.org or 601.266.6093
This foundations course, compares and contrasts the origins,
philosophies and current trends in Jamaican and US education.
The course begins with an examination of informal learning and
education in both societies. It then moves into public and private
formal education (schooling), from pre-school through the
postsecondary system. Students will have opportunities to
learn about past, current, and future goals of education and
schooling in these two societies. The roles the government and the
structure of the two systems will be compared. Additionally,
economic, industrial, and community interests in relation to race,
culture, class, gender will be studied through the lens of education.
Students will have opportunities to visit the Ministry of Education,
the University of the West Indies, speak with Jamaican professors,
teachers, administrators, and students, and compare and contrast
the challenges of providing modern education in two different
contexts. The course is designed for graduate students of education
with any specialty interest - adult and higher education, K-12 education,
special/gifted education, and educational research. The course may
also be relevant to any graduate student with a critical interest in
education who comes from other fields - history, sociology,
economic, gender/women/cultural studies, political science, etc.
It is offered for graduate credit only