Anthropology in Barbados

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore
Location: Americas
GPA: 2.5
Program Overview

In this six-week program, you will get an overview of the major subfields of anthropology, including working on an actual archaeological site in the Caribbean, conducting research on Barbados’ cultural heritage from an applied anthropology perspective, and studying local troops of vervet monkeys. You will have the opportunity to work alongside local Barbadians, listen to lectures by them, and visit culturally and naturally significant sites that are important to their history and traditions. These activities will be supplemented with lectures by different faculty and instructors from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill.

Program Highlights:

  • Evaluate how archaeology and cultural anthropology are practiced in an actual field setting.
  • Go on a night tour, visit a wildlife refuge, and several other group excursions.
  • Identify the appropriate analytical techniques used by archaeologists and anthropologists.
  • Calculate the ways in which archaeological and anthropological data can be used to answer questions related to human behaviors.
  • Outline the ways in which peoples have settled islands in the Caribbean, the impacts that have occurred to island environments as a result of human colonization, the introduction of non-native species, European colonialism, and how these and other issues have manifested themselves to create unique island cultures.

Scholarship Opportunity: Scholarship funds are available for students accepted to this program. If interested, please refer to the Scholarship Essay in the program application, and speak with your GEO advisor for more information. The due date for the Scholarship Essay is March 15, 2022.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Priority Deadline Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2022 2/15/2022 3/15/2022 7/24/2022 9/3/2022

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Academic Details

488 ANTH - Archaeology in Barbados

488 ANTH - Caribbean Cultural Heritage

488 ANTH - Primate Behavior

This program offers three courses (12 credits) that can be used to fulfill both minor and major requirements in anthropology. This course can also be applied to the geographical specialty in archaeology.

Students wishing to pursue a career in any subfield of anthropology and/or go on to graduate school usually participate in at least one, if not more, field schools that provide the requisite field and lab experiences, which this program also fulfills.

Classes are Monday - Friday and with weekends free to explore Barbados.

Course Equivalencies

UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Application process

This program has a rolling admission application processGEO staff (and the program faculty leader, if applicable) will complete a review of the application materials of complete applications in the order that they are submitted (“first come, first serve”). Decisions about acceptance will be made shortly after you submit a complete application. There are some programs that fill fast, some even before the deadline. Students are encouraged to complete applications and commit to programs early.

Acceptance is based on a holistic review of your application.  This includes a review of your GPA, transcripts (including courses taken and in-progress), any additional requirements or prerequisites (see section "Additional Requirements"), and the short statement. Some programs require a letter of recommendation from a faculty that is not the program's faculty leader. If a letter of recommendation is required, you will find more information in your GEO application portal.

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Fitzpatrick specializes in the archaeology of island and coastal regions, particularly in the Pacific and Caribbean. Much of his research focuses on colonization events, seafaring strategies, adaptations to smaller islands, exchange systems, chronometric techniques, and human impacts on ancient environments. He has active field projects in Palau and several islands in the Caribbean, including the Grenadines and Nevis.

Dr. Francis White, Professor & Department Head of Anthropology. As a biological anthropologist and behavioral ecologist, Dr. White’s research interests examine the evolution of human sociality using comparative studies of non-human primates. Her research focuses on the complex interplay between ecology, female sociality, and sex-based social and mating strategies in the evolution of social systems. Dr. White conducts research with bonobos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and free-ranging lemurs on St. Catherine’s Island, GA. She directs the UO Primate Osteology Lab which houses the UO Primate Osteology Collection along with the Primate Data Lab.

Dr. Phil Scher, Professor of Anthropology and Folklore, Divisional Dean of the College of Arts and Science. His research area is the Caribbean and Caribbean diaspora, with primary research interests in the politics of heritage and cultural identity, popular and public culture, tourism and transnationalism. He began his research career in the Caribbean in 1993 in Trinidad and Tobago where he researched the Trinidad Carnival and its relationship to cultural identity, migration, and tourism. He has a longstanding interest in the folklore and expressive cultural practices of the Caribbean.

Housing Description

Shared student housing.

The program fee includes most meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) but does not include meals during the weekend.

Travel Advisories

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