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  • Leadership at Sea: An Exploration of Cross-Cultural Competence (Spring Break)

    CocoCay, Nassau, Bahamas
    One important factor in being an effective leader is having a high level of cultural competency. Cultural competency can be defined as the ability to understand, appreciate and interact with people from cultures different than your own. With over 20 different nationalities represented in the workforce of one ship, the cruise industry is the perfect environment to observe intercultural... Read More
  • Geology and Ecology of the Bahamas (Spring Break)

    San Salvador Island, Nassau, 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 City, 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
  • Travel, Tourism and the Cruise Industry

    Saint John, New Brunswick, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    This course will take place during the second four week session during the 2020 Summer Session. We will spend the first two weeks in class discussing tourism and its impact on communities as well as a deep exploration of the cruise industry. During the 3rd week we will embark on a cruise that will visit several port towns both here in the United States and in Canada. During the final week of... Read More
  • Honors Seminar: Dominican Republic

    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 the Dominican Republic (DR) and engage in an intensive service-learning project over spring break. The course seeks to address definitions and issues of global citizenship, development and service,... Read More
  • Puerto Rico's Karst Geology and Culture

    San Juan, Arecibo, Utuado, Ciales, Morovis, Puerto Rico
    In this course we are going to be visiting several karstic scenarios (mostly caves) in the country of Puerto Rico and study how these geological features have influenced the Puerto Rican culture for over a millennia. On each one of the sites that we are going to be visiting, we are going to be discussing with local experts the archaeological importance, contemporary cultural relevance,... 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 reefs... 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 Angeles. ... 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 write, direct shoot and edit a short narrative film in a group. The first week you will continue to work in a group of four and work on finalizing a draft of a short screenplay. The second week you will work with a cinematographer and the shoots will be scheduled during this week.... Read More
  • Covering the 2020 National Conventions

    Milwaukee, WI and Charlotte, NC, USA
    For student journalists and political junkies, it’s an experience of a lifetime against the backdrop of one of the biggest stages in national politics. You’ll bring to life for readers, viewers and listeners in Virginia the 2020 Democratic and Republican national conventions — including the policy issues, personalities and behind-the-scenes details. You’ll interview and... Read More

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