FIRST IMMERSION PROGRAM: MAY 17–JUNE 9, 2016
SECOND IMMERSION PROGRAM: JUNE 14–JULY 7, 2016
SEMESTER PROGRAM: SEPTEMBER 16– DECEMBER 9, 2016
SEMESTER PROGRAM: JANUARY 13–APRIL 7, 2017
FIRST IMMERSION PROGRAM: MAY 16–JUNE 7, 2017
SECOND IMMERSION PROGRAM: JUNE 13–JULY 5, 2017
SEMESTER PROGRAM: SEPTEMBER 8– DECEMBER 1, 2017
The primary goal of the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and Tangaza University College (MIAS) is to teach, systematically, African cultural knowledge through its major themes and domains in such a manner that students appropriate an African viewpoint on contemporary cultural realities, and are able to articulate that viewpoint in an adult professional way.
The SEMESTER AND IMMERSION programs are designed for the following types of students: 1) All Africans and foreign residents engaged in pastoral, educational, medical and developmental work, 2) All Students: Africans, missionaries and foreign residents, and 3) All overseas students, teachers, and NGO personnel (IMMERSION programs only). For some, the program entails primary introduction to African life and reality, for others, updating through in-depth study of African cultural domains and themes and, for African students, systematic articulation of African cultural knowledge.
The Institute's program combines POST-GRADUATE academic study of African cultural knowledge through lectures and required readings with: 1) directed professional quality field research, 2) field research workshops, 3) pastoral reflection meetings, and 4) a fifteen page research/integration paper. The field research is facilitated by African university graduates, "field assistants," who introduce participants to dimensions and aspects of African society correlated with issues being taught in the classrooms. The meetings and trips with field assistants are supervised by lecturers so that students in the SEMESTER programs experience new realities of Kenyan society once a week for twelve weeks, and those in the IMMERSION programs three times a week for three weeks. During the field trips, students research with local people the issues that are being presented in the courses. A full time student is able to take three courses per semester. It is expected that a student spends eighteen hours per week per course in reading, writing, field research and attending class. The IMMERSION programs are intense programs requiring ten hours of study per day for twenty-two days while bypassing tourist and vacation circuits. If one is unable or unwilling to give the IMMERSION programs 100% of one's time and energy in serious in-depth study of African reality, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY. There is no room for students who wish only exposure to Africa, or who wish merely to audit the lectures.
WHAT THE INSTITUTE PROVIDES:
For the price of tuition MIAS provides: 1) classroom facilities at Tangaza University College, 2) access to the MIAS and Tangaza libraries, and other local libraries, 3) highly qualified Africanist lecturers, 4) postgraduate courses awarded four graduate credits a course by Saint Mary's University of Minnesota/USA., a university accredited by the higher Learning Commission* and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 5) forty hours of directed field research assisted by a trained, tutorial field assistant. MIAS does not provide board, room, books, or transport in and about Nairobi. These items are the responsibility of the participants. However, if necessary, the Institute's Director helps participants find satisfactory accommodations and travel arrangements.
* The Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504, (800) 621-7440, www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.
The courses are four – credit postgraduate courses accredited by Saint Mary’s University of MN/USA. The courses are registered and transcripted by Saint Mary’s University.
As an Institute affiliated with Tangaza University College, a constituent college of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, MIAS awards: 1) a joint Tangaza University College/Saint Mary's University Certificate for completion of three courses maintaining a minimum "C+" average, and 2) a Tangaza University College Diploma for completion of five courses, including the courses on "African Culture" and "African Religion," while maintaining a minimum "B" average.
The Institute's Immersion programs are structured into two, three-week sessions. During each session five or six courses are offered to meet the needs and interests of various participants. A person takes only one course per session. For students who are already enrolled in advanced degree programs in other institutions, the credits granted (four credits per course) can be applied towards their programs according to the regulations of their parent institutions. Undergraduate participants are classified as special students and awarded graduate credits. There is no provision for auditing courses. One must agree to fulfill all requirements including field research and a course paper as a condition for acceptance.
The Institute's Semester courses meet once a week for twelve weeks. The maximum number of courses a student can take per semester is three. The Semester programs offer twenty courses. Students have the option of taking either one, two or three courses during a semester program. The course, "African Cultures: An Overview" is required for those in the MA degree programs, and is recommended for those new to Africa.
DATES OF THE INSTITUTE'S 2016 PROGRAMS:
First Immersion program begins on May 17, 2016 with a day of orientation and continues to June 9, 2016.
Second Immersion program begins on June 14, 2016 with a day of orientation and continues to July 7, 2016.
September-December Semester program begins on September 16, 2016 with a day of orientation and continues to December 9, 2016.
DATES OF THE INSTITUTE'S 2017 PROGRAMS:
January - April Semester program begins on January 13, 2017 with a day of orientation and continues to April 7, 2017.
First Immersion program begins on May 16, 2017 with a day of orientation and continues to June 7, 2017.
Second Immersion program begins on June 13, 2017 with a day of orientation and continues to July 7, 2017.
September-December Semester program begins on September 8, 2017 with a day of orientation and continues to December 1, 2017.
GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
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