The program offers a unique opportunity for students to experience the diverse environments and development challenges that characterize the island of Jamaica. The field course is built around a series of day trips and site visits, and takes an integrated approach that emphasizes how island geographies are shaped by both human and environmental processes. The program will be divided between the dynamic capital city of Kingston and the laid-back resort town of Treasure Beach, with field trips to the iconic Blue Mountains, historic Port Royal, and a boat tour of the Black River. Over the course of two weeks, students will learn about Jamaica’s weather and climate patterns, examine processes of urbanization, and visit with local farmers to learn about the dynamics of agriculture and the challenges associated with climate change. Students will also explore key aspects of island economies, including Jamaica’s recent efforts to promote renewable energy and continuing efforts to develop both mass and community-based tourism. Students completing the program will earn General Education credit for both a science and a social science, or can apply the 6 c.h. toward a major or minor in geography.
tuition for 6 c.h.
international health insurance
in-program transfer transportation
Does not include:
visa fees (if applicable)
ATMO/GEOG 1300 Weather and Climate
GEOG 3049 Latin America
GEOG 4193 Supervised Study in Regional Geography
GEOG 4293 Supervised Study in Physical Geography
Accommodations & Meals:
Students will be housed in double occupancy rooms. For the majority of the time housing will be either at the University of West Indies (UWI)-Mona campus (suburb of Kingston) or in the small community of Treasure Beach, Jamaica.
Tour Jamaica’s primary agricultural region and meet with local farmers
Visit Bob Marley home in Trenchtown
Day Trip to the Blue Mountains, Jamaica’s main coffee-growing region
Boat tour of the Black River mangrove ecosystem
Learn about community-based tourism in Treasure Beach
Accessibility: ability to walk up to five miles per day
Minimum 2.0 GPA
Dr. Scott Curtis
Dr. Jeff Popke
Scott Curtis and Jeff Popke are Professors in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment. Dr. Curtis is a climatologist with expertise in the weather and climate dynamics of the Caribbean, and Dr. Popke is a human geographer whose research focuses on agrarian change and energy transitions in Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean. The two have worked together in Jamaica for more than five years, funded by two National Science Foundation grants to study climate change, drought, and small-scale agriculture. Both are passionate about geography and eager to introduce students to the real Jamaica, including their continuing quest to seek out the best jerk stands on the island.