May 16 - June 5, 2017

Required Course: ECON 266



The island nation of Barbados, located along the Lesser Antilles between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean is an excellent venue to study the history, culture, politics and economics of island nations that are very different from the United States.  A British colony for most of its past, Barbados is now an independent nation experiencing the fifth highest per-capita income among all nations of the western hemisphere. This success can be attributed to its stable democracy, its fair and impartial court system, its strong public education system, and its relatively low rates of crime and corruption.   Featuring a series of expert speakers and field trips, this faculty-led three-week summer program will give participating students direct exposure to the richness of Barbados while providing a memorable contrast to life in the United States. The program is open to all interested students and is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to enjoy a study-broad experience but without having to be away from Bucknell for an entire semester or academic year.


All students are required to take Political Economy of the Caribbean (ECON 266).  Students will receive a course grade and one course credit.  This course will introduce students to the history, economics, government, and culture of Barbados and the Caribbean region.  Invited speakers include (these are subject to change) the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, the Barbados Ambassador to CARICOM, the former Director of the National Council for Science and Technology, the Director of Research at the Caribbean Tourism Organization, an official from the Ministry of Transformation, representatives from private industry such as Peat Marwick Associates and the Royal Bank of Canada, and university professors from the Caribbean.  Except on days with curriculum-based field trips, class will meet twice per day (10-11:30 and 1-2:30) in a conference room on the first floor of the hotel. 

Students may also sign up for a summer-long independent study.  Students must select a topic that is related to their visit to the Caribbean.  Students then create a syllabus that explains their topic of interest, provides a complete reading list, a six-week reading schedule, and methods of assessment that could include weekly reading summaries, a final paper, and a final presentation.  See the professors for more information on this independent study option.

Curriculum-Based Field Trips

All students will participate in the following field trips. Tour of Bridgetown Tour of four manufacturing plants (electronics, textiles, sugar, and rum) Visit to Parliament Visit to St. Lawrence Composite School


Dearing the entire length of stay, all students will reside at the Dover Beach Hotel:  Two or three student will share each hotel room.  This hotel is convenient to public transportation, restaurants, and shopping.

Extra-Curricular Excursions 

Students also participate in the following non-curricular field trips