JMU offers multiple undergraduate or graduate course options for students interested in developing a working understanding of the field methods of modern prehistoric and historic archaeology. Students gain experience in site survey, testing, and excavation. Coursework concentrates on artifact identification in the field and introduces laboratory strategies of artifact preparation.
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"Ethnographic Experience in Dominica" is an upper-level anthropology course that centers around JMU’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip to the Caribbean island of Dominica (not the Dominican Republic). Students enrolled in ANTH 395 will be immersed in the culture of Dominica through meetings and experiences with our hosts and through participation in cultural and eco-tourism activities around the island. Before departing, students will carry out extensive background study of the island's history, culture, and languages, and will formulate individual projects. While in Dominica, students will explore their topics of interest through observation of and first-hand participation in everyday life in home, school, work, and community settings, including a service-learning project with our Dominican partners. This 3-credit course is offered every two years during the spring semester and requires permission of the instructor. Please contact Dr. Paugh at paughal (at) jmu (dot) edu for more information.
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This field school offers students an opportunity to learn about Kenya through intensive, firsthand experiences. Through travel and engagement with Kenyan hosts, students will study topics in anthropology, history, politics, development, environment, literature, and the ways in which these general foci interrelate with one another. This program is open to students from all majors.
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This program is designed to provide students an opportunity to experience the biological and social dimensions of nature conservation in a tropical rainforest in West Africa. For more information, click here.
For other study abroad opportunities, please visit the Office of International Programs.