Students enroll in the following courses (Carleton credits equivalent to 4 semester credits each) for a total of 16 semester credits.

Course syllabi will be available in Winter 2020 from Carleton Global Engagement (507-222-4435 /

Physical and Cultural Evolution: East Africa, Human Origins, and Ethnography of the Maasai

This course is offered in two parts, the first offering classroom lecture and discussion and the second involving a field excursion in Northern Tanzania to Serengeti National Park and the Great Rift Valley. Physical anthropology covers theories of human evolution, evolutionary trends of hominids, and the contribution of the East African region to understanding human origin, with site visits in Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli. Cultural evolution focuses on Maasai ethnography and gender relations among the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania with field study in Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro.

Ecology of Tanzanian Ecosystems

The objective of this course is to help students become familiar with the complexity of the ecology of northern Tanzania as it intermingles with conservation of biodiversity and human cultures. This course begins with an introduction to ecology in the classroom followed by site visits in Northern Tanzania. Students will engage with East African ecosystems by making detailed observations and interpreting the natural history and ecology of different organisms and systems. Students will learn how to use common ecological theories as basic models and assess how context can change expected inputs and outcomes.  It will feature guest lecturers who are experts in a variety of disciplines including ecology, wildlife management, conservation biology, etc., and from such renowned organizations as the African Wildlife Foundation, Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, and Tarangire National Park.

Research Methods & Field Research

Information about this course will be added in Fall 2019.

Swahili Language

This course aims to raise learners’ proficiencies in Swahili in a variety of contexts. Taught by experienced Swahili language and cross-cultural instructors, the goal of this class is to help students become conversational in Swahili and familiarize students with cultural aspects so students can contextualize their experience in Tanzania.