Africa in the Curriculum

Encouraging and facilitating the development of global citizenship and global leadership skills in our students requires a multifaceted approach that provides opportunity for short and long-term study abroad, engagement with visiting students and scholars, and infusing internationalization and globalization across the curriculum. Penn State has multiple pathways for involving students in research and educational programs in Africa and in courses that emphasize Africa, its people and its environment.

Curriculum

Students wishing to focus their studies on Africa can obtain either a major or a minor in the African Studies Program.  In addition, there are several other programs across the University with an Africa concentration as well as numerous classes that can be found by searching the University’s on-line catalog.  There are also several education abroad opportunities including regular semester programs, summer programs and short-term (embedded) travel opportunities linked to regular semester courses on campus.

  1. The African Studies Program

    The African Studies Program College of Liberal Arts 133 Willard Building University Park PA 16802-2800 Phone: 814 865 5406 Fax: 814 863 3578 The African Studies Program at Penn State is home to...

Majors

  1. International Agriculture and Development

    Students electing this degree program through participating programs will earn a degree with a dual-title at the Master’s or Ph.D. level. Students receive a degree that lists their major program and International Agriculture...
  2. African Studies

    This major provides students with the opportunity to examine the geographical, cultural, historical, political, and economic aspects of Africa. The program has two focus areas as described below. Humanities Perspective: This focus area...

Minors

  1. Global Health

    (Field Programs in South Africa and Tanzania)  The Global Health Minor (GLBHL) is designed to provide undergraduate students with a multidisciplinary exposure to the theoretical and practical issues affecting the health of populations...
  2. Science, Society and the Environment of Africa

    The continent of Africa has the greatest accumulation of natural resource wealth of any region of the world, yet its people and societies are among the poorest and least integrated with the global...
  3. African Studies

    The minor in African Studies is designed for students interested in exploring the political, historical, socioeconomic, and cultural aspects of Africa. The minor provides students with the opportunity to examine both the totality...
  4. Engineering Leadership Development

    (Field programs in Morocco, Benin) This interdisciplinary minor is designed to provide engineering students with critical principles and skills. Engineering graduates must demonstrate the ability to assume leadership roles in a competitive technologically...

Certificate

  1. Engineering and Community Engagement

    The Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program offers a 13-credit certificate in Engineering & Community Engagement. There are several hands-on venture-based courses that are open to undergraduate and graduate students from all...

Education Abroad

This describes formal education abroad programs offered by Penn State faculty through Penn State’s Office of Global Programs.  There are many other ways for students to travel and study in Africa in short term education abroad (embedded) and research projects.  Most of the programs listed under the Programs tab have undergraduate study opportunities. Scholarship funding opportunities are available for students registered for the Penn State programs listed here and for several of those listed on the Programs page.  See the Funding Education Abroad page on the  Education Abroad website for more scholarship information.

  1. Ghana

        This program is designed for Penn State undergraduates who wish to spend a semester studying in Africa with a focus on social sciences and research.  The program is located at Ghana’s...
  2. Parks and People: Tanzania

    Udzungwa Mountains National Park forms the front line of conservation for what remains of nature in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania, highlighting several critical dimensions of environmental sustainability: Conserving biodiversity amid human...
  3. Rwanda: Association REFUGE Internship Program

      Students enrolled in this program participate in an internship at Association REFUGE pour les Enfants des Grands Lacs Africains (Children of the African Great Lakes), an agency that emerged from the 1994...
  4. Parks and People: South Africa

    The Parks and People program integrates teaching, research and service across multiple disciplines related to the management of protected areas, community social and economic development, and public education in ecosystem services. The  program...

Other Education Abroad opportunities are available to Penn State students through cooperative programs within the Committee for Institutional Cooperation (CIC) or third party providers:

AESOP: Kenya, Studies in International Development

AESOP: Senegal, Studies in International Development

CIEE: Cape Town, Arts and Sciences

CIEE: Legon

SFS: Kenya & Tanzania

 

Language Courses

  1. Comparative Literature

    The Department of Comparative Literature offers regular courses in Arabic and Swahili.  For more information see their Languages website.  The Department also participates in Penn State’s Summer Intensive Language programs which also offers...