Jamaica Today: People, Culture, and Environment

Marley StatueThe Africana Studies Department at UMass Boston, in collaboration with the College of Advancing & Professional Studies, is pleased to announce the following international program in Jamaica.

Experiences will include:

  • Opportunities for service-learning activities.
  • Visits to significant historical and cultural sites in Jamaica, including the Bob Marley Museum & Maroon Settlement in Accompong Town.

Program Overview

The program is designed to facilitate an understanding of Jamaica through total immersion in different aspects of the country. The program will explore the culture, environment, language and literature of Jamaica, and the country’s economic, political, and social realities. Activities will include presentations by local experts and visits to significant historical and cultural sites in Jamaica, such as the National Gallery, Bob Marley Museum, Morant Bay, Mooretown, and Maroon Settlement in Accompong Town. Students will have the opportunity to participate in various service activities such as, tutoring at local schools or assisting farmers with their local harvest.

Participants will spend the first two weeks of the program at the University of the West Indies in Kingston and the final week at Treasure Beach in Southern Jamaica where, in addition to attending daily classes, they will work on a field project.

Prior to departure, there will be a preparatory seminar at UMass Boston that will include background lectures and readings designed to give students an introduction to the historical, economic, political, and social context of Jamaica.

Courses and Credit

Participants earn 3 or 6 undergraduate credits. All students register for AFRSTY 480, Jamaica Today (Special Topics). The Independent Study project will be completed upon participants’ return from field study in Jamaica.

There is also a non-credit option for this course, for those who wish to partake in this wonderful experience but do not need academic credit. For details please contact Jennifer Goode-Sollis.


Professor Marc Prou is Director of Caribbean Studies and a faculty member of the Africana Studies Department. Professor Prou has extensive experience in Caribbean countries and regularly takes study groups abroad to Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba.


Please be advised that international programs are subject to change, slight or major, at any time due to circumstances beyond our control; this includes any and all fees, dates, itinerary, and program activities. We will do our best to inform all applicants of any changes in as timely a manner as possible.

Schedule and Fee

Program runs:
Jan 4 - 24, 2015

Program Fee:
Fee: $2,299 (3 credits) or $2,949 (6 credits) for a minimum of 10 participants; if less than 10, a surcharge will apply.

Note: The program fee will include lodging, ground transportation, and museum entrance costs. The fee does not include most meals or transportation between the US and Jamaica.


Application Deadline:
November 24, 2014

Applications received after the deadline will be considered if space is available.

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More Information

For more information, please contact:

Erika White