Puerto Rico Winter Study Abroad Program
The Department of Geography at Binghamton and the Department of Geography at the University of Puerto Rico have developed a jointly-taught course that focuses on the islands of Puerto Rico. Geography faculty from UPR and BU began plans for this course approximately two years ago. Dr. Carlos Guilbe, UPR, and Drs. John Frazier and Norah Henry, BU, have created a 4-credit course that will deal with both human and physical aspects of Puerto Rico and its adjacent islands. The course will begin in Binghamton in November, 2013 with introductory lectures and continue on site in Puerto Rico during the January intersession.
The program is open to students of all majors at introductory and advanced undergraduate and graduate levels. Topics include suburbanization, land use, urban rehabilitation, race and ethnicity, rural development, food security, informal economy, tropical agriculture, coastal erosion, and global warming and climatic change in the Caribbean.
Field trips and site visits will include various locations in Puerto Rico and neighboring islands (eg., Vieques). The base location will be the Rio Piedras campus of the University of Puerto Rico (greater San Juan area), with housing in designated UPR facilities (Plaza Universitaria). Away from the greater San Juan area, the group will camp in the Jayuya rain forest region, on neighboring islands (owned by Puerto Rico) and also stay for one night at a chain hotel, absorbing the sites and culture of one of the most vibrant regions of the Caribbean that will provide a memorable experience.