Haiti Today: People, Culture, and Politics

Overlook of ocean in Jacmel, Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Port-Salut, Milot

The Department of Africana Studies, along with the College of Advancing and Professional Studies, is pleased to announce the following international program in Haiti.

Program Highlights

  • Opportunities for service learning projects.
  • A three-day eco-excursion to the beautiful, artistic and literary town of Jacmel in southeastern Haiti.
  • Historical and cultural field trips to the north in Cap Haitien to visit the Citadel and King Henri Christophe’s Sans-Souci palace ruins in the town of Milot.

About the Program

Haiti (or AYITI) is an Awarak-derived name for the second largest island in the Caribbean, housing both the Republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In 1804, Haiti became the second country in the Americas, after the United States, to break ties with colonial rule and has had an extraordinary social and political history since its independence.

Haiti Today is a unique academic program which explores the history, politics, culture, and the economic and social developments taking place in Haiti, from both external and internal perspectives. It will facilitate students’ understanding of Haiti through total immersion into culture, environment, language, and the country’s economic, political and social realities.

Additional activities include presentations by local experts, participation in local cultural events, and meetings with civic and political leaders.

In addition to attending daily class seminars, students will participate in field trips to museums, ecological, and historical sites, as well as work in small field service learning projects. The program will take place on the campus of Université Quisqueya (uniQ) located in Port-au-Prince, and also with partnering institutions, les Universités Publiques en Région (UPR) du Sud aux Cayes (UPSAC), and Cap-Haïtien (UPNCH) and à Jacmel (UPSAJ).

Courses and Credit

Participants have the option to register for one or two courses (three credits each):

  • AFRSTY 480 Haiti: Culture and Politics, 3 credits
  • AFRSTY 478, Independent Study, 3 credits

AFRSTY 478 will be completed after the participants return from Haiti.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded three or six credits by the Africana Studies Department.

By special permission, students may receive credit for independent study from the Political Science Department or the International Relations program.

A non-credit option is available based on space availability.


Marc Prou: Program Director. Professor Prou is member of the Africana Studies Department and director of the Haitian Institute. He has considerable travel and study experience in Caribbean countries, and regularly takes study groups abroad to Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti.

In addition, guest lecturers from the various affiliated campuses and local experts will assist him.


Please note: The above program is subject to change at any time due to circumstances beyond our control; this includes any and all fees, dates, itinerary, and program activities. We will do our reasonable best to inform all applicants of any changes in as timely a manner as possible.

Schedule & Fee

Program runs:
July 5 - 30, 2016

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3 to 6 credits: $2,699*

* with a minimum of 10 students; if less than 10 a surcharge will apply.

The fee covers instruction, field trips, lodging, some meals, and all local transportation. It does not include airfare. US residents will need a valid US passport.

To Apply

This program is open to UMass Boston students and welcomes undergraduate and graduate students from other colleges and universities conducting research in Haiti from interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives, along with college and K-12 educators.

Application Deadline
April 29, 2016

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More Information

For an application or for more information on applying, please contact:

Jennifer Goode-Sollis

For detailed program and academic information, please contact:

Marc Prou
Associate Professor and Director

Africana Studies Department
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393