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Learning Objectives & Outcomes

All ACM colleges are grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and this educational commitment extends to ACM off-campus study programs. By participating in one of these programs, you’ll benefit from studying in a new location that combines experiential, place-based learning with academic purpose similar to your home campus as you pursue the program's learning goals.

In each program you’ll enjoy small class sizes, allowing you to work closely with faculty and other students. You’ll also live in housing and participate in activities that provide everyday opportunities to connect course-based learning with the local community and culture.

You’ll find that the learning objectives and outcomes of each ACM program reflect these liberal arts educational values.

The Botswana: Development in Southern Africa program offers you firsthand experience of African society and culture through independent research and direct enrollment in an African university.

Program learning objectives:

  • Deepen your knowledge of African development, environmental, and cultural issues through direct enrollment at the University of Botswana.
  • Develop your ability to design and conduct mentored, site-based independent research.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the Setswana language to facilitate and enrich your engagement with the Botswanan people.
  • Develop broad understanding of an African society and inter-cultural literacy through cultural immersion, both within and beyond the University of Botswana.

When you complete the program, you should be able to discuss recent national history and social and political structures in Botswana, explain some of the common issues of development that face countries in Southern Africa, and demonstrate a working knowledge of Setswana sufficient to allow for basic conversations and interactions.