Department of Language & Cultural Studies

Associate Degrees are now offered in Anthropology, English, Art, Spanish, French, and Music.

The programme in Portuguese, which had been dormant for a number of years, was revived in cooperation with the Brazilian Embassy in Guyana and the Brazilian government. While we are as yet not been able to offer the full Degree programme, we were able to offer introductory and basic courses during the semesters, and special courses during the Summer session.

We were able, in the 2009-2010 Academic year, to make a start in offering courses in English as a Second Language (ESL)/English as a Foreign Language (EFL). The programme was initiated with eleven students in three levels: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced (Lower and Upper). Each course lasts for ninety hours.

Last academic year, the Department continued the Denis Williams Summer School in Anthropology, conducted in collaboration with the University of Virginia and the Boise State University, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Walter Roth Museum. Mr. George Simon and Dr Christopher Carrico participated as lecturers in this Summer School along with Drs. George and Laura Mentore (U. Virginia) and their students, and Dr Mark Plew (Boise State).

Through the ARU, the Department is embarking on a collaborative project in Anthropology with a team of researchers from the University of Florida and the University of Wisconsin. The project focuses on the Berbice area and has the potential to revolutionise the pre-Columbian history of Guyana and South America.