St. Croix Spring Break 2017

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St croix spring break 2017

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands - Spring Break 2017

Come join us during spring break as we travel to the beautiful island of St. Croix located in the Caribbean. No passport is needed on this trip since it is a U.S. territory! Learn about the diaspora of the African slaves that span for centuries, see where Christopher Columbus landed, and embrace island life by turning off the technology and turning on the Zen.

Sites and Visits

  • St. Croix Heritage Trail
  • Fort Frederik
  • Estate Little Princess
  • Lawawtez-Family Museum
  • Salt River and Columbus Landing
  • Estate La Grange
  • Court Yard Yoga Studio
  • Beautiful Nature Trails
  • And Much more!

Courses offered

There will be two courses offered. You have the option to take one for 3 credits or both for 6 credits.

Mindfulness and Workplace Health: PSYC by Prof Chanda Murphy
With the growing rates of depression, anxiety and stress in the United States, mindfulness has become a popular topic in both academic research and corporate America. This course will analyze the current psychological research on the effectiveness of mindfulness practices both physically and mentally on individuals. Students will also examine multiple case studies of corporations that have implemented elements of mindfulness into their work/life fit paradigms for their employees. Particular attention will be given to comparing the pace of life of other cultures and the effects on workplace health. Finally students will gain experience and find new ways of handling their own stress through learning multiple techniques of mindfulness and a slower pace of lifestyle by "turning off and tuning in" in St. Croix. Prerequisite: Psyc 105 with a C or higher.

Literature and Culture of the Black Atlantic and African Diaspora: ENG  by Dr. Jeff Gross
This course will examine the literature, culture, theory, geography, and history of the Black Atlantic and the African Diaspora. How are transnational culture and identity formed by the experience of the Black Atlantic? What are its legacies? In the middle of the course, students will travel to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands during spring break 2017. This will allow students to explore the history and the culture of the island, to analyze colonialism and neocolonialism, and to begin a GIS project on some aspect of Black Atlantic identity of the island. The first half of the semester will focus on the Black Atlantic slave trade and history and the second half of the semester will focus on the legacies of slavery and colonialism and the formation of Black Atlantic identity through the study of diaspora. Prerequisites: ENG 112

Cost and Payment Schedule

The cost of this trip will be approximately $2015. A $300 nonrefundable payment must be made to the business office to reserve your spot. There are a limited number of spots for this trip! Once you make your deposit, contact the study abroad office to make a payment schedule.

Included in cost

  • 3-6 hours class credit for full time day students who register for the class as part of their regular load for spring 2017. Evening, part-time, and overload students will pay $200 per credit hour
  • Airfare
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Sightseeing as indicated
  • Breakfast daily
  • Medical Insurance. An extra stipend will be charged for travelers over 24 years of age
  • Welcome dinner and Farewell dinner

Not included

  • Spending money
  • Optional sightseeing
  • Some meals

To Apply

Please complete the Travel/Study Trip application form as soon as you make your $300 nonrefundable payment to reserve your place and return it to:

Office of International Initiatives • Buckman Hall, 3rd Floor, Rooms 346 & 347

Or mail to:

Christian Brothers University
Office of International Initiatives
650 East Parkway South
Campus Box 3
Memphis, TN 38104

If you have any questions about the trip, contact Dr. Emily Forsdick by telephone at (901) 321-3461 or Cathy Thorn at (901) 321-3264 or Please provide a contact number where you can be reached.

Questions about the courses offered should be directed to Dr. Gross (English) at and/or Professor Chanda Murphy at