Fall semester (mid-August to mid-December)
Program sponsor: Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)
Enrollment: Maximum of 21 students
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors with prior course work in the natural or social sciences are eligible. Recommended: background in the field methods of anthropological, archaeological, biological, ethnographic, or geological studies.
Application deadline: March 15 (internal Luther application process must be completed by March 1)
The ACM Tanzania program is designed specifically to take advantage of this unique combination of resources. It is offered each fall semester, and the focus of the program is paleontology, cultural anthropology, and savannah ecology. It combines rigorous classroom instruction at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) with extensive field courses and field work in northern Tanzania. At the heart of the program is a field practicum in the natural and social sciences, intended to give students training and first-hand experience with the design, implementation, and reporting of inquiry in the field. In the program director’s research methods course, taught by a visiting faculty member from an ACM college, students are guided in the development of their field practicum projects, studying research design and data-gathering skills appropriate for fieldwork at or near the Tarangire National Park site. Courses in Kiswahili, Human Evolution, and the Ecology of the Maasai Ecosystem, taught by UDSM faculty, provide students with the background and linguistic preparation necessary for their time in the field.