SU Jamaica Program

Lucea, Jamaica

Introduction and Plan of Study/Class

Successful completion of the program will yield 3 credits and a Social Science distribution credit.  The SU Jamaica Program is led by Dr. Stephen Marble, Professor of Education.

The centerpiece of this course will be living with families for almost three weeks in one of the oldest continually settled communities in Jamaica: Lucea — a village of about 7,800 on Jamaica’s northwest coast.  Lucea is also located between the tourist meccas of Negril and Montego Bay and many residents of Lucea work in the tourism industry.  As we live in the community, and help out as requested in the local schools and other community institutions, we will be studying the ways in which the Caribbean has been and still is constituted by global forces, focusing particularly on the current role of tourism.  Before departure students will be required to participate in periodic sessions throughout the spring semester, as well as a two-day on campus seminar.  Upon return to campus, there will be a final seminar.


The cost for the 2012 Jamaica Service Learning Project is TBD.  The price includes housing and most meals, tuition, and roundtrip airfare.  There will also be visits to nearby locations to explore various constructions of
Jamaican life.  Transportation for the excursion/s is also covered in the program price.


Students will live with carefully selected families in Lucea.  Living with a family is one of the best ways to enhance cultural immersion.  The on-site coordinator will arrange housing based on student needs and the faculty director and the on-site coordinator will be available to assist with any concerns related to housing.