MSID—International Development in Kenya

MSID—International Development in Kenya — Full Course List

Fall or Spring Semester Curriculum

The semester courses are outlined below. Sample syllabi are available. All classes are with program participants and are taught by local faculty. Through the coursework and the internship or research project, you have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the complex and diverse nature of development as realized in your MSID country.

Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Swahili

MSID Swahili


4 Credits

Focus on practical skills while emphasizing conversation and vocabulary building.

International Development: Critical Perspectives on Theory and Practice

MSID 4001


4 Credits

Explore a wide variety of perspectives on international development, with the host country as a case study. This course begins with 20 hours of common discussion on international development. The remaining course is divided into sections, and students select from the following sections in order to prepare for their internship (see track descriptions for more information):

Liberal education requirement fulfilled: Social Science core and Civic Life and Ethics theme.

Syllabus for International Development (PDF)

MSID Country Analysis

MSID 4002


4 Credits

This multidisciplinary study of the MSID country emphasizes the social sciences and history, especially as they relate to development issues.

Liberal education requirement fulfilled: Social Science core and Global Perspectives theme.

Syllabus for MSID Country Analysis (PDF)


Community Engagement in the Global South

MSID 4003


4 Credits

An internship or research project with a host-country development agency or project provides an unparalleled opportunity to study community characteristics, development strategies and problems, organizational structure and culture, and cross-cultural communication issues. The length of the internship or research project is 6 weeks during the first semester. You typically spend approximately 25 to 30 hours each week at your internship or research site, although this may vary depending on the specific site and project. A list of sample past internships and research projects is available.

Written assignments help link experiences to theories and issues raised in the classroom. A program faculty member or the on-site director visits you at least once at your internship or research site during the internship/research period. At the end of each semester, you gather in the host city or a retreat site for a seminar, which helps integrate your experiences and newly acquired knowledge. 12 contact hours of this course are incorporated into the classroom phase and provide specific training on research methodology to prepare students for their research or internship project.  

Liberal education requirement fulfilled: Social Science core and Civic Life and Ethics theme

Syllabus for Community Engagement - Internship (PDF) | Syllabus for Community Engagement - Research (PDF)

Academic Year Curriculum

Enroll in the 4 fall semester courses and continue spring semester with the following curriculum. Sample syllabi are available.

Topics: Case Studies in International Development

MSID 4004


4 Credits

Explore development issues as illustrated by students’ projects and organized in sections, such as Environment and Development and Health and Development.

Liberal education requirement fulfilled: Social Science core and Global Perspective theme

International Development Internship

MSID 4005


4 Credits

Engage in an extended internship with a nongovernmental organization throughout spring semester in order to gain practical hands-on experience in a grassroots community setting.

Liberal education requirement fulfilled: Social Science core and Global Perspectives theme

Applied Field Methods

MSID 4006


4 Credits

Apply selected field research methods and analyze the practical, ethical, and theoretical issues raised through small field assignments and individual research projects.

Liberal education requirement fulfilled: Civic Life and Ethics theme

MSID Directed Research

MSID 4007


4 Credits

In consultation with a local faculty member, develop an individualized research project. The research project allows you to work in depth on a project that is of particular interest to you.

Global Identity—Optional Online Course

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in reflecting on multiple layers of cross-cultural experience and marketing your study abroad experience for future goals. There is an additional cost for this course.

Program Handbook Program Orientation Visa Information

I-UROP Scholarship

University of Minnesota students participating in a research project on this program may be eligible for the International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (I-UROP) Scholarship

Fall Deadline Extended

The application deadline for Fall 2018 has been extended until April 15.