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  • 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 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
  • 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. The course seeks to address definitions and issues of global citizenship, development and service, using the... Read More
  • Puerto Rico's Cave and Culture

    San Juan, Puerto Rico
    This summer course is designed to introduce students to caves, and their influence in Puerto Rican culture over millennia. Students will learn the fundamentals of cave development, the influence that caves have in Puerto Rican culture (and other Caribbean countries), and explore theoretical models to study the interaction human-geology. This course is open to every major at JMU. Course learning... 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
  • Archaeology of Native American and Spanish Encounters in Georgia

    Dougherty County (near Albany), Georgia, USA
    This archaeological field school will be conducted at a prehistoric Indian town in southwestern Georgia established by members of the prehistoric Mississippian culture (ca. AD 1000-1600). The site features remnants of an earthen platform mound built by Native people for social and religious purposes. The mound is surrounded by a village. The size and complexity of the site indicate that it... 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 spend a minimum of 180 hours at... Read More
  • Wine and Culture of Napa and Sonoma

    Napa, CA, USA
    This course includes the study of food, wine, and culture in Napa and Sonoma California. Students will experience culinary classes, wine and food pairing classes, winery visits, and hospitality experiences throughout the week. Through journal entries, a wine varietal grid, a virtual pairing party, and a final project, the students will share their experiences and note new things they have... 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 where they write, direct shoot and edit a short narrative film in a group. The first week is online. You will continue to work in a group of four and work on finalizing a draft of a short screenplay. Prior to leaving for New York, there are a series of script read-throughs and a... Read More

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