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  • Locations: Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Faculty-led: Yes
Program Description:
Faculty-led programs
Gender, Race, and Class in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands | Faculty-led Program

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

May 12-29, 2021
  • 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

  • Range from $4,400 - $4,900 depending on enrollment min/max.
  • The $500 deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost. After students are accepted for the program, the $500 deposit is nonrefundable unless the program is cancelled.
  • The program cost includes: WSU tuition/fees for the 6 credits associated with this program, roundtrip airfare, in-country transportation, all lodging, most meals, and admission/event fees for all educational activities, and the Study Abroad Administrative Fee. 

Dr. Tamara Berg (                             

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs or (507) 457-5019
143 Maxwell                 

  • February 1, 2021: Application deadline. Complete applications and a $500 confirmation deposit are due to be considered for this program. After being accepted, the $500 confirmation deposit is nonrefundable unless the program is cancelled. Students will be accepted for this program on a rolling basis.
  • February 11, 2021: If you are accepted for the program and withdraw after this date you are financially responsible for the full cost of the program regardless of participation.
    • NOTE: This deadline is 90 days prior to the start of the program. As detailed in the Cancellation, Financial, and Conduct Policies - faculty-led document students must review & electronically sign as part of the application for this program, students and families are strongly urged to consider purchasing travel cancellation insurance. The Center for Global Education does not endorse any particular travel insurance coverage, but quote comparisons can be found at Review closely what the cancellation insurance includes and what it does not include. Cancellation insurance should be purchased immediately after acceptance into the program for the insurance to be effective.
  • April 21, 2021: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have summer financial aid to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of April 21, 2021.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission 05/12/2021 05/29/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.