This program introduces students to the rich culture and unique history of Jamaica. By the time students say goodbye to the island life, they will have developed an appreciation for the island’s entertainment, food, music and sports.
This program begins in the capital city of Kingston, where students will have opportunities to learn about the financial, manufacturing, tourism, health and entertainment sectors of the country. Students will meet with executives and leaders at the Bank of Jamaica, Ministry of Tourism, and Pan American Health Organization, learning about how all of these organizations affect the overall economic health of the country. They will also visit cultural attractions such as Usain Bolt's Track and Records, Devon House, Blue Mountain, Dunn’s River Falls and the Bob Marley Museum. The program includes a blend of faculty-led lectures and presentations by prominent practitioners in the public and private sectors and academicians. Students experience firsthand how economic policies impact the social and cultural dimensions in a country of paradoxes.
Students will finish the program by spending several days in Montego Bay and Negril, experiencing exotic landscapes, serene beaches, lush vegetation and Jamaica Night at an exquisite resort typically booked by celebrities. They will also have opportunities to experience the tourism industry of Jamaica – a key generator of economic growth on the island.
This interdisciplinary program offers a minimum of 9-credit hours through 3 courses.
Economic Aspects of Jamaica (3 hrs) exposes students to some of the pertinent issues confronting the Jamaican economy.
Social Media, Entertainment, & Consumers (3 hrs) explores how travel/lifestyle social media engagement influences travel expenditures, entertainment, and consumption in the Jamaican economy.
Sport in Jamaica: Culture, Business, and Tourism (3 hrs) explores the contemporary issues in sports and their impact on major aspects of Jamaican society such as culture and tourism.
Kingston Sites: National Heroes Park; Jewish Synagogue, African Caribbean Institute; the National Gallery
University of West Indies
Bank of Jamaica Tour
Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records
Bob Marley Museum
Blue Mountain Coffee
Dunn’s River Falls
Exquisite resort with complimentary activities such as: kayaking, snorkeling, glass-bottom boat rides, pedal boarding, and more.
All courses will satisfy either Belmont requirements in the Gen Ed core or the specified major. You must participate in at least one course offered in Jamaica. You should consult individual program faculty to see how online options can fit into your study abroad program.
ECO 2950/3950: Economic Aspects of Jamaica (ILC)
EIS 3950: Social Media, Entertainment, & Consumers (ILC)
SAM 2950: Sport in Jamaica: Culture, Business and Tourism
ONLINE OPTIONS: ENG 3950: Third Year Writing (English 3010; satisfies BELL CORE requirement) REL 3950: Religion Jr. Cornerstone (Path A or B; satisfies BELL CORE requirement) INB 3950: (satisfies BBA Core Business requirement for International Business 3300)
1. Program Fee: $6,000: This fee will include airfare to and from Nashville, most meals, admission fees, and field trip/event fees, and in-country transportation.
Costs not covered by the program fee include: Tuition
2. Belmont Tuition Tuition is charged at the special study abroad tuition rate of 2/3 off the cost of normal maymester tuition. For every 3 hours of study abroad credit you register for, you pay for only one hour.
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date
Spring Break Programs: November 15
Maymester Programs: February 1
Summer Programs: February 15
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