Volume 47, Number 14 - March 15, 2010

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Caribbean history course will be an option for students

By Giselle Heraux

Beginning next fall, the North Campus’ social science department will offer a new course called history of the Caribbean.

According to Theodore Syder, professor of history, the course will provide students with an in-depth history of the Caribbean, focusing on countries represented in South Florida such as: Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

“This class will inform students of global conditions, places around the world and how they impacted the people of the world,” Syder said.

For Syder, who will be teaching the course, it’s an important stepping stone for students because the Caribbean is an important component in world history.

Patti Harris, chairperson of the social science department at the North Campus, said that the three credit course will be offered as an elective for students seeking an associate’s of arts.

“In the associates of science degree program there is no allowance for electives in the degree audit,” Harris said. “There is only one social science requirement for them-CLP 1006, which is psychology and personal effectiveness.”

Harris added that there will be 40 seats available in the class. Students can start registering for LAH2474 when fall registration starts.

Music major Smurf Williams, 20, said she is eager to learn about the history of other parts of the world.

“I’m Jamaican, and I would like to learn more about my roots, as well as other Caribbean countries,” Williams said.

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