Anthropology in Barbados

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

In this two-week program, you will get an overview of the subfields of anthropology, including working on an actual archaeological site in the Caribbean, and conducting research on Barbados’ cultural heritage from an applied anthropology perspective. 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.
  • 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.

** GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to the program structure.

Academic Details

488 Caribbean Archaeology & Cultural Heritage

This program offers one course (4 credits) that can be used to fulfill both minor and major requirements in the anthropology major. 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.

Course Equivalencies

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.

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

Faculty and Staff
Dr. Scott M. Fitzpatrick from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon serves as Director and primary instructor for the program. 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.
Housing Description
Shared student housing.
Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Priority Deadline Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2021 2/15/2021 4/15/2021 Late June Mid-July

Travel Advisories

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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.