- Minimum GPA: 2.5
- Judicial Check
Dates and Important Links
- Summer 2017: June 24 – July 15
- Gain field experience in ethnography, archaeology, and historic research.
- Immerse yourself in the language, food, and culture of the Virgin Islands.
- Enjoy visits to the Whim Plantation Museum, Cruzan Rum Distillery, Sandy Point, Cane bay and Rainbow Beach!
Study Abroad Budget
- December 9: first application deadline – $350 deposit
- February 1: IE’s application deadline – $600 deposit
- March 30: remainder of the direct program costs are due
Tuition $800, $2566 Program Fee, $783 Meals and personal expenses, for a total of $4149.
About the Program
Students in this three-week study tour in the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands will participate in the assessment and interpretation of an enslaved laborer village and cemetery at a plantation called Estate Lower Bethlehem. The study site is a sugar plantation that operated continuously from the Danish colonial period in the 1730s until the Bethlehem Central Factory closed in 1966.
Part of the site is located in the Virgin Islands National Guard Armory, and the archaeological discovery of the lost cemetery and traces of an enslaved laborer village coincides with a rise in local pride and commemoration of the ancestors interred in the burial ground. The National Guard wants to interpret the site and make it accessible to the public who may visit the cemetery, and the Study Tour will contribute to this effort.
Students will also visit natural and cultural sites in St. Croix that relate to plantations and colonialism, including Estate Whim, Salt River, and Christiansted, while learning about Caribbean history, culture, and language. Students will develop practical skills in archaeology and heritage management, as each will be instructed in variety of field activities, including the excavation and assessment of archaeological resources, documentation of historic structures, completion of interviews, and design of interpretive materials. This entails close collaboration with the National Guard and the Virgin Islands State Historic Preservation Office.
The tour is divided into three week-long modules: The Plantation Labor Experience; Afro-Crucian Culture and Mortuary Practices; and Virgin Islands Heritage and Interpretation.
Students may want to combine this with the Spring 2017 course Dr. Lenik is teaching, ANTH 352 “Caribbean Cultures in the Atlantic World.”
Students will enroll in ANTH 352 and receive 4 credit-hours. Students may receive four-credit upper-division credits for this tour in Anthropology, Museum Studies, and African and African Diaspora Studies, and they may also apply for this tour to meet ELAW requirement.
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