There will be a standard four-course load, with some additional cultural activities and field trips. Students will be required to take two courses with the Study Group Director, and two UWI courses. The director’s courses will provide students with the academic grounding to assist them to interpret and understand the socio-cultural environment they are living in and their experiences in it: ALST 225 Jamaica: from colony to independence
. This analyses the history of Jamaica from 1655 when the British took possession of the island to the present. It examines the early social and economic growth of Jamaica based on slavery; its decline after emancipation; socio-political developments leading to independence in 1962; and post-independence challenges. Taught by the director. ALST 326 Jamaican Culture
. This examines the growth and florescence of Jamaican culture drawn from diverse sources beginning with indigenous Taino/Arawak roots, European cultures, the cultures of enslaved Africans, and later cultural inputs from newer immigrants mainly from India and China, leading to the emergence of a unique Jamaican creole culture. Various aspects of this culture as well as the social forces that helped to shape it will be explored. Taught by the director.
Colgate students will have full access to the library facilities and academic support programs at the UWI. A wide range of courses will be available in African and African Diaspora Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Demography, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Biology, French, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, History and Archaeology, International Relations, Linguistics, Mathematics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Zoology, and many more.
All four pre-approved credits earned will count towards graduation, and grades for all the courses will be recorded on the students’ transcripts as Colgate grades. Appropriate courses will count towards concentrations in Africana and Latin American Studies, and credits for other concentrations should be negotiated directly by the student with the Chairs of those departments. University of West Indies, Jamaica, Course Pre-Approval Form
Students will be able to participate in all sporting, religious, and other cultural activities at the University of the West Indies, and a range of other activities is available off-campus. In addition, a variety of activities and field trips will be organized by the Director to places of academic interest such as sugar plantations, runaway slave (maroon) settlements, historic colonial sites, art galleries and museums, e.g., the Bob Marley museum.
For details of student expenses on this study group, please see Student Cost Estimate Sheets.