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Dominican Republic (Winter Recess)

Southern Connecticut State University

Department of Anthropology Presents:

International field study in the Dominican Republic

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 well below the poverty line. Coconut palm plantations, the agricultural base of the region, rise up from sandy inlet beaches, the focus of tourist activity. This rural landscape 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 to tourism for economic development in the 1980s. While the 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 a 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 cultural immersion into Dominican daily life. Seminars and excursions expose students to a broader view of Dominican life during the course of the field school.


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.

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