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US, Canada, & Caribbean

  • Geology and Ecology of the Bahamas (Spring Break)

    San Salvador Island, Bahamas
    This course explores the geology and ecology of the shallow-water marine environment by examining the preeminent modern example, the Bahamas platform. The Bahamas provide an excellent model for understanding modern and ancient carbonate and reef deposits and a variety of terrestrial/aquatic habitats. Biological processes are responsible for many of the geological features of the Bahamas, so the... Read More
  • The Arts and Culture of Montréal

    Montréal, Quebec, Canada
    This program offers courses that satisfy all three groups of Cluster II General Education (HUM, MUS, and ENG). Students may also take School of Music and jazz studies classes, working with professional musicians active on the Montréal scene. This is a city that loves to celebrate, and the summer season abounds with amazing and unique activities. Fulfill your Cluster II Gen Ed credits... Read More
  • Global Engagement and Service-Learning in the Dominican Republic

    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    This program is offered to incoming JMU first year students during the summer and focuses on the concept of “global citizenship” in the context of an international service-learning trip. Students will travel to the Dominican Republic (DR) and engage in an intensive service-learning project. The course seeks to address definitions and issues of global citizenship, development and... Read More
  • Honors Seminar: Global Studies (Spring Break)

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    This course is offered during the spring semester and focuses on the concept of “global citizenship” in the context of an international service-learning trip. Students will travel to either the Dominican Republic (education focus) or Trinidad and Tobago (health care focus) and engage in an intensive service-learning project over spring break. The course seeks to address definitions... Read More
  • Ecology of St. Croix

    Frederiksted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
    Students will investigate and explore the unique island environment of St. Croix, a Caribbean Island with three distinct biomes, including desert on the east end of the island, and tropical forest on the west end of the island, with a mesophytic zone in the mid-portion of the island. Students also will explore unique coastal life forms such as those found in the mangrove swamps, and on the... Read More
  • JMU in LA: The Entertainment Industry

    Los Angeles, California, USA
    JMU-LA provides undergraduates a chance to learn about, and participate in, one the most powerful cultural forces in our world today: the entertainment industry. This is a highly competitive 9-credit summer program organized by the School of Media Arts and Design but open to all students.   Students take classes taught by industry professionals and work at internships in Los... Read More
  • JMU/SVA in New York

    New York, NY, USA
    This course gives SMAD students the opportunity to spend three weeks in New York at the School for Visual Arts and make a short film. The first week you will be placed in a group of four and work on a short screenplay. The second week you will work with a cinematographer and learn the fundamentals of framing a shot and revisit the 180 degree rule. The third week you will edit the footage of... Read More

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