The field school will be held in the Salinas district of New Mexico, a sparsely populated portion of the American Southwest near the town of Mountainair. Participants should expect rustic living conditions, but a great deal of natural beauty.
Students will be responsible for travel to and from Albuquerque. Students must provide their own tents and sleeping bags. We anticipate that we will camp in the immediate vicinity of a single-family dwelling, so we will have access to electricity and kitchen facilities.
For the current projected costs for this program, please click on the following link to the Fees for JMU Study Abroad Programs page.
Students will be camping adjacent to a house for the duration of the program. All meals will be covered by the program fee.
For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.
In addition to the oIP application, students are required to attend an interview with the program director in order to communicate program objectives, requirements, and expectations. Also, applicants are asked to answer several short essay questions about their interest in the program and their ability to undertake this physically and mentally demanding course.
Students should have completed one or more anthropology courses before beginning the program.
The students who are most successful in this program are typically students with a strong interest in archaeology or cultural anthropology.