Afro-Hispanic Studies in San Juan, Puerto Rico

May-mester 2008

DATES: May 11 - June 1, 2008

PRICE: $2,250

Application Deadline: February 15, 2008

The Afro-Hispanic Studies in Puerto Rico May-mester program consists in two weeks of intensive coursework and workshops on the African legacy on the island of Puerto Rico primarily as well as in the Caribbean and the Americas as a whole, and a few days of orientation activities. Students will be required to attend all classes and will be given a variety of writing assignments. There are also several brief day-long excursions to points of interest on the island, including Carolina, Fajardo, Loíza, and Ponce.

The program will be housed at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) at Río Piedras, the flagship campus of the UPR. Río Piedras is a suburb of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s historic capital city. Students will live in state-of-the-art residence halls at the university, a few minutes’ walk from San Juan’s brand new subway system. As part of the program, students will receive breakfast and lunch on most days.

During the three-week study period, students will take one 3-credit course (taught in English; assignments also in English) on Afro-Hispanic Studies in Puerto Rico. They may register for either SPAN 3397 or Honors 3750, although the course will be the same. In terms of content, level of difficulty, contact hours, student involvement and grading, the course will be essentially similar to the courses taught on campus at Georgia State University. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits. In consultation with the program director and with departmental chairpersons, students may opt to receive credit for a similar course in another department.

The program is open to students with a minimum 2.5 GPA Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director. The acceptance process will include a personal interview. NOTE: Students will be required to use a valid US driver’s license for travel to Puerto Rico. Please see the program director if you do not have a valid US driver’s license.

 For more information, contact: Dr. Rudyard Alcocer, Program Director, Department of Modern & Classical Languages  (phone: 404-413-6599; e-mail: ralcocer at gsu dot edu).