Group of Miami students at Tafuna Correctional Facility
American Samoa view with bus in foreground and mountains in background
Miami students on American Samoa beach
American Samoa Island coast with village in background
The coast of American Samoa
American Samoa University students with Miami students
Polynesian dancers with Miami students

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Plan your global experience

214 MacMillian Hall
501 E Spring Street
Oxford, OH 45056

Justice and Law in Samoa

Summer Term Miami University Faculty-led Study Abroad
Travel May 21-June 6, 2018 (two classes in Ohio/online starts May 5)

CJS 499 (6 credits) is open to students of all majors who have completed 30 or more credit hours with a minimum 2.25 gpa.  Students must be prepared for long air travel, a simple living environment, tropical climate, interacting with foreign people and institutions and uncertainty.

Study justice and law in a beautiful, tropical setting. This program offers the opportunity to study crime, justice, and law of another society, to gain intercultural awareness and appreciation, and to reflect on law and justice in the U.S. through comparative analysis.

Students will study comparative law and Samoan culture, history, and law before traveling in the classroom and online before traveling. Travel will begin with a stop at Polynesian Culture Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. While on Tutuila, American Samoa the class will be immersed in Samoan culture through interviews with government officials and traditional leaders, observing court, participating in cultural events, day outings around the island, enjoying local food, and attending classes in Samoan culture, history, and law taught by professors of the Samoan Studies Department at American Samoan Community College. A one day visit to Apia, Samoa will occur with the trip concluding with two days in Honolulu.
Dr. Daniel E. Hall,