FIRST IMMERSION PROGRAM: MAY 16–JUNE 7, 2018
SECOND IMMERSION PROGRAM: JUNE 13–JULY 5, 2018
SEMESTER PROGRAM: SEPTEMBER 8–DECEMBER 1, 2018
SEMESTER PROGRAM: JANUARY 19–APRIL 13, 2019
FIRST IMMERSION PROGRAM: MAY 15–JUNE 6, 2019
SECOND IMMERSION PROGRAM: JUNE 12–JULY 4, 2019
SEMESTER PROGRAM: SEPTEMBER 7– NOVEMBER 30, 2019
AFRICA AREA OF THE MARYKNOLL SOCIETY
SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, USA
TANGAZA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, NAIROBI, KENYA
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 2018 PROGRAMS:
First Immersion program begins on May 15, 2018 with a day of orientation and continues to June 6, 2018.
Second Immersion program begins on June 12, 2018 with a day of orientation and continues to July 4, 2018.
September-December Semester program begins on September 7, 2018 with a day of orientation and continues to November 30, 2018.
DATES OF THE INSTITUTE’S 2019 PROGRAMS:
January – April Semester program begins on January 18, 2018 with a day of orientation and continues to April 12, 2019.
First Immersion program begins on May 14, 2018 with a day of orientation and continues to June 5, 2019.
Second Immersion program begins on June 11, 2018 with a day of orientation and continues to July 3, 2019.
September-December Semester program begins on September 7, 2018 with a day of orientation and continues to December 1, 2019.
GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
- Mature students with a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an approved college, university or seminary. (Minimum age for foreign students is twenty-five)
- Completion of application requirements (application forms sent upon receipt of name and address, are also available on-line, or can be downloaded through Download Document page). The first two sections of the Application forms can be filled out and returned on-line.
- Two recommendation letters, one of which is from a superior, employer or advisor.
- A Doctor’s report (only for those not resident in Africa).
- Two passport size photos.
- Two brief paragraphs of one’s C.V. for the program directory.
SPECIAL STUDENTS: Undergraduates (African residents only)
- Mature students with an “A” level certificate (or its equivalent) OR a diploma from an approved school with University entrance level passes, OR, a fourth year University Student.