Archaeology Field School

Summers, ANTH 494, 5-6 credits

The summer archaeology field school is designed to give students a level of competency in the archaeological field process. The course includes intensive instruction in site sampling, excavation, and mapping. Emphasis is given to documentation of stratigraphy and soils, record-keeping, and field photography. Often, students are introduced to the process of geophysical survey. In recent years the field school has been held in Georgia at the Native American province of Capachequi, famously visited by the Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto.

For information contact Dr. Dennis Blanton,

Field School Students
2019 JMU Archaeological Field School Students
Ethnographic Experience in Dominica

Alternative Spring Break (ANTH 389)

This 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 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.

For more information, contact Dr. Amy Paugh at:

JMU's Montpelier Archaeology Field School


The Archaeology Field School at James Madison’s Montpelier is 4 weeks long, and is offered as a 4 credit-hour course.

For more information contact Dr. Julie Solometo and visit the Montpelier website.

Sociology in Southern Spain Summer Program (May 19 - June 3, 2023)

Sociology in Southern Spain:  A Crucible of Cultures (3 credit units)

Come with us to explore Southern Spain’s multifaceted history along with the social dynamics of the local population. This program will be centered in Seville with a three day excursion to Córdoba and Granada.

Participants will experience the splendor of Andalusian Moorish heritage and architecture. The region’s long and complex history is reflected in its current diverse ethnic composition and rich cultural traditions that include flamenco dancing, spirited festivals, and a unique cuisine.

This region provides an ideal setting to examine social, political, and economic processes from a sociological perspective. Students will engage in classroom-based learning, experiential learning, guided tours, and field experiences. Participants should be able to engage in moderate walking on uneven surfaces.

  • All activities/lectures will be conducted in English.
  • Open to all majors and class

Courses offered:

SOCI 336: “Race and Ethnicity” (3 credits) fulfill Sociology Major and Minor elective requirements.

SOCI 110: “Social Issues in a Global Context” (3 credits) fulfills the General Education cluster 4.

SOCI 391: “Study Abroad” (3 credits) Students who have taken SOCI 110 and SOCI 336 during the regular semester should enroll in SOCI 391 which fulfills the Sociology Minor requirements.

Program Director: Dr. Yamilette Chacon

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