Political Science

Tanzania Seminar

Each summer, students are awarded the opportunity to spend 12 days in the field in Tanzania learning about the country’s transition from socialism to democratic capitalism. 

The journey provides firsthand exposure to various facets of the Tanzanian experience. Students get the opportunity to explore Mount Kilimanjaro, to visit national parks, and to see other exciting destinations, including the Serengeti and a Crater that is known as the “8th Wonder of the World.” They visit primary school students and perform community service. By providing the opportunity to interact with native tribesmen and local people, to see the beauty of Tanzania’s natural landscapes, and to engage in service learning, this out-of-the-classroom experience contextualizes students’ theoretical understanding of Tanzanian culture in a unique way.

Students who participate are required to attend workshops during the Spring semester prior to the seminar. They will choose topics related to Tanzania to pursue independently, and will then present their research during these workshops. Prior to their travels, students will also be oriented to Tanzanian cultural dynamics and will receive tips on etiquette, logistical and safety information. These workshops also serve to foster group dynamics among students who will be traveling and learning alongside one another.

Click here to read more about students’ recent experiences with the Tanzania Summer Seminar.

Course Requirements:

The course is worth 4 academic credits. To earn course credit, students may choose to submit a journal of their trip and complete a 10-page research paper, due within the first week of the following Fall semester.

The Seminar is open to all majors, although students of political science and international studies might be particularly interested by its focus on history, politics, culture, the economy, and sustainable development. The Seminar will also satisfy the experiential education requirement of the Political Science major. Applications to the program are due in early November.  


For more information, students can contact Dr. Tahir Shad at tshad2@washcoll.edu.