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Santo Domingo, Arecibo, Harrisonburg, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, USA

Program Description

This seminar is designed to introduce students to cross-cultural studies through the exploration of Environmental Science. Students will use geotourism as a framework and learn and compare caves in Shenandoah Valley, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. In addition, students will have the opportunity to experience Caribbean culture through excursions, food, and historical sites.

Location Description

The course is based in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Shenandoah Valley, Puerto Rico. At each site, we will learn from local experts and gain first-hand experience about their environment, people and culture.


Felix Wang | | Honors College

Ángel A. García Jr. | | Geology & Environmental Science


Accommodations will be provided for students in hotels and hostels.

The program will provide all meals in form of catered group meals and a stipend.

Additional Items to Consider

No visas are required for this program.

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

No language requirement

Students must have sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student standing

Students must be part of the JMU Honors Program, Centennial Scholar's Program, or are former Valley Scholars

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
  • 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 331: Seminar in Global Studies (3 credits)

HON 332: Seminar in Global Studies (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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