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.
- KNYA 1221: Beginning Kiswahili I | Link to Syllabus
- KNYA 1222: Beginning Kiswahili II | Link to Syllabus
- KNYA 3225: Intermediate Kiswahili I | Link to Syllabus
- KNYA 3226: Intermediate Kiswahili II | Link to Syllabus
- KNYA 3231: Advanced Kiswahili | Link to Syllabus
Focus on practical skills while emphasizing conversation and vocabulary building.
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):
- Arts & Cultural Studies (includes literature)
- Education & Literacy | Link to Syllabus
- Entrepreneurship & Alternative Economies | Link to Syllabus
- Public Health | Link to Syllabus
- Social Service (poverty, homelessness, family welfare, housing). This section may be combined with one of the other sections, depending on the MSID country | Link to Syllabus
- Sustainability & the Environment | Link to Syllabus
Liberal education requirement fulfilled: Social Science core and Civic Life and Ethics theme.
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.
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
Academic Year Curriculum
Enroll in the 4 fall semester courses and continue spring semester with the following curriculum. Sample syllabi are available.
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
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
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
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.