Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Center for Global Education


Faculty-led Wheaton Programs

Wheaton faculty develop short-term programs during January and summer. Contact the Center for Global Education for information about upcoming programs.

  • Tanzania: Education and Development - Summer, 2016

Tanzania, one of the poorest countries on the African continent, has a long history of trying to engineer development through education. Students will be introduced to the rich history from the pre-colonial period to the present which includes: a look at traditional education systems in several of the 120 different cultures of Tanzania; the introduction of mission and colonial schools; ujamaa socialist education models in the 1960s-80s; and current attempts to make secondary school a universal right for all children. Students will embark from Arusha with its many museums, international war crimes tribunal court, and thriving markets to the Kilimanjaro regional capital city Moshi town for a week of lectures and site visits to schools, coffee cooperatives, local industries, hospitals, and development projects.  We then head for our  base on Mount Kilimanjaro, a cultural heritage site and the only snow-capped mountain that straddles the equator. Students will receive 1 Wheaton Credit.

Led by Professor Donna Kerner

Students in Tanzania June 2016

Students in Tanzania June 2016


  • Innovation and Social Change in Emerging Economies: Rwanda-led by President Hanno - January, 2016

In this course, you will link academic course work with a service learning immersion experience in the East African country of Rwanda. Rwanda has recovered rapidly from the devastation associated with the Genocide that took place in the country in 1994. However, despite rapid economic growth and a focus on education and building a strong infrastructure, the country still faces formidable economic and political challenges. Poverty levels and unemployment remain high and the culture is still dominated by reliance on subsistence farming and government and international aid programs. In this course, we will examine the current economic and political situation in the country to develop an understanding of how Rwanda has developed since the Genocide. We will explore the role of innovation in developing economies in general and specifically in Rwanda. During January, we will travel to Rwanda to survey the landscape firsthand. While in Rwanda, we will teach innovation and leadership to Rwandan youths using an innovative curriculum developed specifically for this purpose. We will both learn about the role of innovation and help to create a more innovative culture in Rwanda with our work.

Students must be available for 20 hours of coursework prior to January, tentatively scheduled for:

Saturday, November 1st from 9:00am-5:00pm
Friday, November 21st from 6:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday, November 22nd from 9:00am-5:00pm

Led by President Dennis Hanno

  • Innovative Music Traditions of Trinidad and Tobago - January, 2016

This course is designed to bring students to the communities that have created the inspired and uniquely innovative music traditions of Trinidad. It’s one thing to learn about the Trinidadian Steelband in a classroom, it’s another to stand before an ensemble and feel the phenomenal energy that people are able to generate with these instruments. The historical variables that have brought people of diverse backgrounds together to create a variety of music genres and a celebrated Carnival tradition can be understood best by going to Trinidad, hearing the music on its home turf, experiencing the physical impact of live music performance, and talking with the people who have an intimate and passionate relationship with the music culture.

Significant emphasis for the course focuses on the experiential opportunities we encounter while in Trinidad and Tobago. Exposure to Trinidadian traditions through assigned reading, films, recordings and an independent research project helps to contextualize the music before we head south. Students also have first-hand experience with pan, playing weekly with Wheaton’s steelband, the Lymin’ Lyons, in preparation for our trip to Trinidad.

Led by Professor Julie Searles

  • Witnessing Contemporary African Society and Culture: South Africa - January, 2016

Witnessing Contemporary Society and Culture is an intensive, interdisciplinary course designed to give students exposure and an overview of South Africa.  The course is a one credit course and the coursework includes reading and writing assignments, on-site visits to townships, neighborhoods and museums, meetings with local leaders, lectures from local academics, and meetings with university students. Students will receive 1 Wheaton Credit.

Led by Professor James Freeman and Sue Standing

  • Arts in Ireland - Summer, 2015

Arts in Ireland will provide participating students with an opportunity to create art inspired by the people, culture, and geography of Ireland. The specific area we will be visiting is known as the Burren. The Burren is located on the west coast of Ireland in County Clare. Our facilities and resources will be housed at the Burren College of Art, a small art college founded in 1994 in the town of Ballyvaughan. The Burren College of Art will provide our students with studio facilities, housing, and resources to make our time in Ireland truly memorable. We are all very excited about this program and we look forward to an inspired three weeks of art making.



Led by Professor Andrew Howard and Professor Matthew Allen

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