A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Houghton in Tanzania

Off Campus Program (12 - 18 hours)

Program director: Eli Knapp

An intensive spring semester experience, Houghton in Tanzania offers the unique opportunity to study anthropology, history, animal ethology, linguistics, intercultural studies and ecotourism in East Africa. Students will visit the Wahehe, Masaai and other tribes, observe dozens of animal species in natural habitat, and develop an understanding of the history, language and culture of East Africa.

During the semester in Tanzania, a student may earn between 12 and 18 hours.

INCL 311 Intercultural Experience may be taken as an optional course during the Tanzanian semester. Other Special Topic and Independent Study credits may be available on given years when schedule permits.


Course Descriptions

ANTH 293 East African Cultures

4-S

Intensive study of East African ethnic groups – their beliefs, behaviors, work, societies. Lectures, which include foundational anthropological theory as well as ethnic descriptions, are augmented by observations and home stays amongst the Massai, Kelenjin, Murle, Hehe or other peoples. Sociology, Intercultural Studies elective credit. Houghton in Tanzania Program. Liberal Arts.

SOC 293 East African Cultures

4-S

Intensive study of East African ethnic groups – their beliefs, behaviors, work, societies. Lectures, which include foundational anthropological theory as well as ethnic descriptions, are augmented by observations and home stays amongst the Massai, Kelenjin, Murle, Hehe or other peoples. Sociology, Intercultural Studies elective credit. Houghton in Tanzania Program. Liberal Arts.

SOC 315 Human Ecology

4-F

Integrates knowledge from several disciplines and seeks to combine the social and natural sciences. Theory will be interwoven with basic concepts and emphasis will be upon how humans view—and interact with—the natural environment. Themes and topics to be studied include: control, complexity/simplification, sustainability, adaptation, place, mechanization, efficiency/inefficiency, centralization/decentralization, resilience, parks, economies of scale, specialization/diversification, and poverty. These themes will be discussed in relation to five basic human societies: hunting & gathering, pastoral, agricultural, industrial, and global. Houghton in Tanzania Program.

ANTH 315 Human Ecology

4-F

Integrates knowledge from several disciplines and seeks to combine the social and natural sciences. Theory will be interwoven with basic concepts and emphasis will be upon how humans view—and interact with—the natural environment. Themes and topics to be studied include: control, complexity/simplification, sustainability, adaptation, place, mechanization, efficiency/inefficiency, centralization/decentralization, resilience, parks, economies of scale, specialization/diversification, and poverty. These themes will be discussed in relation to five basic human societies: hunting & gathering, pastoral, agricultural, industrial, and global. Houghton in Tanzania Program.

ENGL 390 ST: African Folk Lore

2-4-S

Africa has a rich heritage of oral literature. In recent years much of this has been recorded, translated and published. This course is primarily a reading course while in the African setting. Students will examine stories from many ethnic groups in genres such as etiological stories, trickster tales, myths and morality tales. The students will write short papers on each genre with a longer comprehensive term paper at the end of the course. Optional Houghton in Tanzania Program course. Liberal Arts.

MISS 395 ST: Missions in Africa

2-4-WSP

The Gospel in East Africa. Exploration of the receptivity of African Christians to the Gospel from first hand encounter with African Christians and church leaders. Analysis of traditions, practice, forms and experiences. Also, an examination of strategies for furthering the Gospel including varieties of missionary methods. First hand contact with numerous missionary efforts. Clear view of the impact of Christianity and the ongoing challenges in East Africa. Missions, Intercultural Studies or elective credits. Prerequisite: previous course work in missions or permission of instructor. Optional Houghton in Tanzania Program course.

BIOL 207 Wildlife Behavior in East Africa

4-S

Ethnology of East African wildlife including the principles of feeding and social behavior, mate selection, migrations and communication. Lectures and two weeks of field observations at the Tanzania Field Station. Houghton in Tanzania Program. Creation: Lab science or 2nd science. Liberal Arts.

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