Courses and Academic Resources for Undergraduates
This page provides information on spring semester courses related to Haiti and support for work and research students may wish to pursue on issues related to Haiti.
I. Courses in Haitian Creole language
CROL0100, Fast-paced course for beginners. Course stresses acquisition of skills in speaking and listening comprehension; writing included to a lesser degree. Strong emphasis on cultural as well as linguistic competency.
CROL0200, Fast-paced course for beginners. Course stresses acquisition of skills in speaking and listening comprehension; writing included to a lesser degree. Strong emphasis on cultural as well as linguistic competency. Enrollment limited to 18. Prerequisite: Beyond basic level of reading, writing and comprehension or having successfully completed CROL 0100.
CROL0300, Fast-paced course for advanced/intermediate students of Haitian Creole. Designed for those who speak and understand Haitian Creole with some fluency but are seeking ways of perfecting their language skills, overcoming grammatical snags, increasing vocabulary, and mastering the idiomatic use of the language and proverbs. Reading and responding to authentic literature in Haitian Creole will be the focus of the course. Prerequisite: CROL 0200.
CROL0400, Designed for those who wish to develop more advanced level conversational, reading, and writing skills. Students work with a variety of readings (stories, poems, plays), films, interviews, and popular songs that promote in-class discussion and written analysis. Extensive practice in translating from English to Haitian and vice versa, with the aim of developing accuracy, speed, and appropriateness (lexical, grammatical, and cultural). Prerequisite: CROL 0300.
II. Resources and Support for Student Research and Projects
Even previous to the January earthquake, Haiti was included on Brown’s list of countries where undergraduate study abroad leave or university-sponsored undergraduate activity was prohibited due to the severity of the U.S. State Department Travel Warning for the country. This prohibition also means the University will not sponsor undergraduate groups, or award fellowships, scholarships, or grants to undergraduates for travel to these locations (see more information). We will continue to monitor the situation in Haiti, and will provide further information if it becomes possible for students to travel there.
Nonetheless, there may be ways for students to pursue research or projects on issues related to Haiti without traveling to the country — for instance, work for a U.S.-based organization working on Haiti issues or with Haitian immigrants, U.S.-based research, development of materials and resources related to Haiti, or collaboration with Brown faculty on course development or research. The following programs provide financial support and guidance that may be helpful for such work.
Fellowships provide funding for projects of students’ design. The following fellowships may be of particular interest; application deadlines are noted for each. .
- Arnold Fellowship: 2/26/10
- Liman Public Interest Law Fellowship: 2/1/10
- Richard Smoke Summer Fellowship: 3/15/10
- Royce Sport & Society Fellowship: 2/16/10
- Royce Fellowship: 2/16/10
- Marla Ruzicka International Public Service Fellowship: 3/15/10
- Starr Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship: 2/2/10
- Swearer International Service Fellowship: 3/15/10
- Zucconi Fellowship: 3/5/10
Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs) provide funding for collaborative projects students undertake with Brown professors. Deadline: 2/10/10.
The Brown Internship Award Program provides funding for unpaid or low-paid internships in the U.S. or overseas. Deadline: 3/22/10.