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Dominican Republic (Winter Recess)


                     The Southern Connecticut State University
                        Department of Anthropology Presents:
                          The 2016-17 International Field Study in

                                         Dominican Republic

                                                     Dominican Republic Brochure (PDF)
                        (Please return filled out application to Mr. Michael Schindel in EN A 220)

The Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispanola with Haiti. The official language is Spanish, yet culturally the country is a blend of its Spanish, African and Taino Indian ancestries. In Samana, the site of field school, this blend is further enriched by African Americans who emigrated to the region in 1820s and many Haitian and other Caribbean island immigrants to the region. The people are outgoing and friendly, even as many live below poverty line. Coconut palm plantations, the agricultural base of the region. Rise up from sandy inlet beaches, the focus of tourist activity. This rural area is off the beaten path in many ways, but with tourist development it has become transnational destination. This is the setting for examining Dominican society and applied anthropology through immersion in the local culture.

The Dominican Republic is a developing country that turned tourism for economic development in the 1980s. While country struggles under the burden of poverty, many areas have become meccas for European and North American tourists. This development strategy has multiple effects of local culture. While globalization created many changes in the mores, ethos and customs of the people, there are also many rich traditions and customs that create a fascinating blend.

Students are offered broad range of issues and topics to research and study in an intensive field school setting. Research projects are designed and implemented by students after a proposal is approved. Students will practice "participant-observation," and culture immersion into Dominican daily life. Seminars and excursions expose students to broader view of life of Dominican life during the course of the field school.


Students must enroll in the following course, which is an elective in the Anthropology major. Each student must also register for an additional three (3) credits at SCSU, via their BannerWeb account. All tuition must be paid directly to the Student Accounts Office.

ANT 311 – Applied Anthropology (3 Credits)
The central role of applied anthropological knowledge to address real world issues, concerns, particularly in the realm of international development projects. It offers students an opportunity to practice applied anthropology and ethnographic research methodology in the context of globalization. This field school is of particular value to anthropology students, but students from other social sciences and related disciplines may find this program useful to the academic and career goals.

Requirements and prerequisites are listed in the undergraduate and graduate catalogues. Instructor permission is required for each course. A health report, release of liability, and insurance coverage must be provided by each participant. Students should have student records free of disciplinary problems.

Student accommodations will be provided by local hostels, hotels, and Eco lodges.


Program Fee Includes:
• Transportation to and from airports
• Airfare
• Lodging and meals
• Transportation in Dominican Republic
• Entrance fees to historical sites and all excursion expenses

Program Fee Does Not Include:
SCSU Winter Session tuition and registration fee ($1,612.00), personal expenses, books, snacks, or any additional expenses that alter the itinerary or arrangements.It is strongly recommended that students bring an additional $500 for on-site expenses.

The Program accepts no responsibility for personal property, which must be insured separately if so desired; in particular, students are urged not to bring valuable jewelry or expensive electronic equipment with them. The Program reserves the right to make changes required by circumstances.Students who qualify for the Guaranteed Student Loan Program should consult with their financial aid officer and request additional aid for study abroad. Students must apply and be accepted to the Program; preference will be given to full-time students enrolled in degree programs. Students from other colleges and universities are welcome to apply.

A deposit of $500 is due when the application is submitted to the OIE. The deposit is non-refundable once the student is notified by the faculty trip leader of their acceptance into the program. This guarantees participation in the program and reserves lodging. A last payment of $1,450 is due on December 1, 2016.

Fees are based upon historical program costs and current rates of exchange. Extreme fluctuation in exchange rates or boarding costs may result in additional fees being charged. The university reserves the right to change the itinerary of proposed trips if needed to control the cost of the overall trip. In the event that additional fees exceed the present costs by more than 20%, the student may choose to drop the course and will receive a refund of all funds recoverable by the university. Fees will be frozen on December 1, 2016, and there will be no refunds after that date.

Currently, all courses abroad for the academic year are expected to operate. Southern Connecticut State University's Office of International Education (SCSU-OIE) will monitor world events and make any change to this decision on an individual course basis any time between now and the departure dates.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, students will be refunded their deposits and all monies the university is able to recover from program providers. The SCSU-OIE office will aggressively negotiate with providers for the refunds.If a student withdraws from an off-campus course at any time between now and the departure date, the student will forfeit his/her deposit but will be refunded all other recoverable amounts. In the event the price of the trip rises more than 20%, the student may withdraw and receive both recoverable funds and deposit.Students who must cancel their participation in a course abroad program must do so in writing to Dr. Erin Heidkamp, Interim Director of the Office of International Education.

The Office of International Education will work to delay payment to providers on costs for course abroad programs as long as possible and request clearly-stated refund policies from all providers for all programs prior to payments. Students who wish to purchase cancellation insurance should contact their insurance provider.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, the staff of SCSU-OIE will work with individual course abroad faculty members in adapting their course, when possible, for the Southern Connecticut State University campus. This is understood to be an emergency procedure in place as a result of unusual or unforeseen world events. If an off-campus course cannot be adapted to the on-campus setting, the faculty member will work to develop an alternative on-campus course for the students enrolled. If this is possible, efforts will be made to enroll students in existing on-campus courses.
For information regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at

(203) 392-5222, or
*Deposits will be refunded in full if this application is rejected by the program Directors.
For further information please contact:

Dr. Kathleen N. Skoczen, Ph. d.
Department of Anthropolgy
Engleman C – 026D