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Academics: Interim courses

Leadership, Geography and Culture in Kenya

home in Armis, Kenya

Course structure

This interdisciplinary course focuses on geography, economic development and Christianity in a cross-cultural setting. In Nairobi, the course focuses on how leaders in East Africa develop businesses, provide health care, organize media and government, respond to crises, and conduct worship. We walk the city of Nairobi and visit the Kibera slum. The main excursion is an 11-day trip to the northern region. The overland trip will cross a variety of geographical and cultural terrains. Students then have first hand exposure to Samburu culture, including a home stay in a traditional manyatta. A two-day game safari is planned en route back to Nairobi.

The second excursion is to the coastal town of Malindi and includes snorkeling in Kenya’s premier marine reserve. Kenyans brief the group at the Samburu National Game Park, the US Embassy, the CRWRC office, and at visits to development projects. The course may serve as an elective in International Development Studies majors and minors.

Next offered: January 2013
CCE credit: Available

Course grading

  • online discussion forum on the required readings before leaving
  • an exam en route to Kenya
  • a directed journal with questions to guide cross-cultural interaction while in Kenya
  • nightly group meetings for devotions and discussion


Johnathan Bascom (Note: Eight students & an instructor from Messiah College join us)

Tuition and fees

Fee: $3,990
Prerequisites: None

How to apply

1. Go to the off-campus programs (OCP) website and print an application for an off campus Interim. Also, print one or two recommendation forms from the OCP website as these must accompany the application.

2. Application items can be given to Prof. Bascom, North Hall 085.