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  • Locations: Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Faculty-led: Yes
Program Description:
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Gender, Race, and Class in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands | Faculty-led Program
The most recent St. Croix aculty-led program took place in summer 2019. The program was going to run in summer 2020, summer 2021, and summer 2022 but was cancelled each time due to COVID-19. It is uncertain when this faculty-led program will next be offered.

This faculty-led program offers students a unique opportunity to explore the rich political, social, and cultural history of the U.S. Virgin Islands. On the island of St. Croix, students and faculty will work closely with community partners (choice of Early Childhood Head Start program, the Women's Coalition of St. Croix, an addiction treatment program, or with The Nature Conservancy). Students will also investigate the delicate ecosystems of the island, including the pristine beaches, which are one of the few places in the world where Leatherback sea turtles nest. This seminar will consist of two concurrent classes (WGSS 348 and WGSS 150) and an integrated service component. In WGSS 348, students will learn about the interconnectedness of race, class, and gender; and they will learn first-hand from both men and women who are involved in struggles for social change. WGSS 150 offers students opportunities to explore the rich political, social, environmental and cultural history of one specific Caribbean island while working closely with a local organization. The style of this travel seminar is experiential. Each day will include field trips and other opportunities for interaction with people from a diverse cross-section of local Crucian society. For 10 of the 18 days in St. Croix, students and faculty will participate in a service-learning experience at one of several work sites. There will be guided sessions for analysis and reflection as well as study assignments that will be completed before, during and after the travel experience. Students will also keep reflective journals while on the island, which will inform the final texts produced in fulfillment of the requirements of this course.

The conditions in St. Croix are tropical, but students have access to air conditioning; there are several hikes/walks over uneven ground, but we go slowly and accommodations can be made.

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

17 days in May
  • 6 Credits
    • WGSS 348 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: Gender, Race, and Class in St. Croix (3 credits)
    • WGSS 150: Caribbean Island Culture and Environment (3 credits)
      • Counts for Goal 9
  • WGSS students
  • CAST students
  • Open to all students

  • Program costs typically range between $4,500 - $5,500 depending on enrollment min/max.
  • The program fee includes: WSU tuition/fees for the 6 credits associated with this program, roundtrip airfare, in-country transportation, all lodging, most meals, admission/event fees for all educational activities, and the Study Abroad Administrative Fee. 
  • The $500 deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost.

Dr. Tamara Berg (                             

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs            

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.