Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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Center for Global Education


Faculty-led Wheaton Programs

Wheaton faculty develop short-term programs during January, spring break, or summer. The requirements for Faculty-led Programs are:

  • Completion of a Wheaton Faculty-led Program application.
  • 2.0 minimum GPA.
  • Class standing (Freshman-Senior), depending on the lead faculty member.
  • Good academic and social standing at Wheaton College as defined in the Wheaton College Catalog.
  • Prerequisite courses may be required depending on the faculty member and/or the course designation.

Admission to the program is determined by lead faculty and the Center for Global Education.

Faculty-Led Program Offerings for the 2016-2017 Academic Year:

January 2017

Ghana: Innovation and Social Change in Emerging Economies 

In this course, you will link academic course work with a service learning immersion experience in the West African country of Ghana.

We will explore how innovation and entrepreneurial activity impact the pace of economic and social development in emerging economies. We will examine the kinds of entrepreneurial activity that exist today in various emerging economies and explore ways to spur further innovation. We will apply these ideas by working with high school students and adults in the Western Region of Ghana to develop innovative solutions that address needs and challenges in their communities.

Students must be available for 30 hours of coursework prior to January. 

Ghana trip dates:  January 4-17, 2017
Cost:  $2700

Led by President Dennis Hanno


Summer 2017

Tanzania: Education and Development

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.

Tanzania trip dates: May 30 - June 28, 2017

Tentative cost: $5000

Led by Professor Donna Kerner

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