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Galveston, TX, Roatan, Puerto Costa Maya, Cozumel, USA, Honduras, Mexico

Program Description

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 experiences where the US context is not the norm. As a part of this course students will learn about cultural competency in the workplace and how increasing this competency can increase leadership effectiveness.

Location Description

During a 7 night cruise, we will visit: Galveston, Texas; Roatan, Honduras; Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico. There will also be two days cruising aboard the ship. During these days students will be able to complete assignments and attend classes aboard the ship.


Gilpatrick Hornsby | | Hospitality Sport and Recreation Management

Tiffany Hornsby | | Graduate Psychology


Housing will be provided aboard the cruise ship. Students will share double rooms and have options for internet access while cruising. While at port, transportation will be provided to site tours and lectures.

All meals will be provided as a part of this program aboard the ship. Lunch will be provided before we embark and when we disembark.

Additional Items to Consider

Passport and visa required for US citizens. Details can be found at:

COVID-19 Location Information: 

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0 

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay
  • Resume
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


HON 300: Leadership at Sea: An Exploration of Cultural Competency (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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