Focus: Anthropology, Art, Community Development, Dance, Global Studies, Environment, Music, Religion, Social Work, Women & Gender Studies.
Electives available in: history, business, economics, psychology, religion, the environment, biology, engineering, sociology, gender studies, music, literature, math, political science, art and more.
Classes are taught by PLU faculty, local experts and at the University of West Indies, St. Augustine (UWI). As Trinidad & Tobago is an English-speaking nation, all courses are taught in English. To provide an introduction to the culture and society, all students are required to take a set of three core classes equaling 12 credits. Students then choose from a variety of elective courses to complete a total of up to 18 semester credit hours.
J-Term course: topic varies, taught by PLU faculty (4 credits)
HIST 350: Caribbean Culture and Society (4)
COOP 350: Living & Learning in Trinidad & Tobago or COOP 477: International Work Experience (4)
2 UWI courses (3-4 credits each*)
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*A 3-credit UWI course can fulfill a 4-credit PLU course, with appropriate approval.
Spring 2015: RELI 231: Myth, Ritual and Symbol - RG (4 credits)
PLU Associate Professor Suzanne Crawford O'Brien
Spring 2016: ENGL 216: Caribbean Short Stories - LT (4 credits)
Taught by St. Lawrence University Professor, Eve Stoddard
HIST 350: Caribbean Culture and Society - SO (4 credits)
This course integrates all facets of the program through your experience in the culture and it surveys contemporary Trinidad and Tobago society, exploring the rich diversity that stems from its colonial legacy. This course begins upon arrival and is coordinated by a UWI professor of history who is assisted by an academic and a cultural assistant. Course topics include the significance of Carnival and other festivals, gender and ethnic relations, parliamentary democracy and politics, environmental challenges, religious syncretism, and Caribbean music and dance. The course includes field study experiences.
COOP 350: Living and Learning in Trinidad and Tobago (4 credits)
A Community-based education experience complemented with a series of discussions, readings, and activities which provide context for the living and learning experience. The students’ community service grants intimate access into the local community and provides a reciprocal opportunity for both students and the community to learn from one another. Previous student placements include assisting at elementary schools, orphanages, animal humane shelters, museums, clinics, the school for the deaf, among many others.
COOP 477: International Work Experience (4 credits)
Students may also participate in a for-credit international internship experience in a non-profit, community, or government organization or a business in Trinidad and Tobago. Placement opportunities in local organizations involved in ecotourism, community organizing, public health, women and gender issues, education, the environment and the arts. Requires a separate application, is supervised by on-site program staff, and requires two-hour a week participation in the Internship Seminar.
Pacific Lutheran University awards all credits earned in this program. Semester-long study away programs fulfill PLU's Cross Cultural Diversity requirement.