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Courses & Credits

The program curriculum includes three required courses and one elective course.

Recommended credit is 16 semester credits, which is four semester credits for each course. Except for Setswana Language, all courses are taught in English. There are no prerequisites for any of the courses.

  More information about credit distribution and grades


Setswana Language

Instructor: Various instructors
Required course, 4 semester credits

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The Setswana course combines language learning with an introduction to elements of Tswana culture, using a variety of methods and teaching materials to develop students’ listening, speaking, and reading skills. Small classes allow students to work on grammar and vocabulary and develop their conversational skills to use during their time in Botswana. The class is taught by long-time instructors of Setswana who use a variety of methods to teach language and culture.

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Program Director's course

Ethical and Social Issues Related to Biotechnology in Southern Africa

Instructor: Leslie Gregg-Jolly, Visiting Faculty Director, Spring 2018
Required course (Spring 2018), 4 semester credits

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This course will examine the ways that genetics is used (or mis-used) by society and related to social and ethical issues. It will draw from the instructor’s interdisciplinary work in anthropology and sociology. The course also will introduce the biological basis for these technologies.

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Elective at the University of Botswana

Instructor: University of Botswana faculty
Required course, 4 semester credits

Students will register for one elective course at the University of Botswana (UB), taught by UB faculty. Students may select from a wide variety of electives offered at the university, though many students opt to choose a course addressing aspects of African political, cultural, or socio-economic life. Sample list of UB elective courses

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Independent Study Project

Required course, 4 semester credits

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Throughout the semester, each ACM student plans and completes an independent study project under the direction of the visiting ACM faculty member or a member of the University of Botswana faculty. Projects may be conducted in a wide variety of fields in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, should be connected to the location of the program site, and are expected to emphasize interviews and field observation. At the end of the program, students will typically prepare written reports and present their projects to the group. Students are encouraged to formulate projects to fit their individual interests and/or their program of study at their home campus.

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Credit Distribution & Grades

Recommended credit

The course credit you receive for the Botswana program is determined according to policies at your college. Check with your advisor and college registrar in advance to find out how much credit you will receive and how it will be distributed, especially if you plan to use your courses in Botswana to fulfill college or departmental requirements.

Grade reports

All students who complete an ACM off-campus study program receive a grade report which lists their courses, credits, and grades. Most colleges accept this grade report as an official academic document. If a college requires an official academic transcript, ACM can arrange to have an official transcript issued through Beloit College for a $350 processing fee. To request an official transcript, students must make a formal request through ACM at the time of acceptance.