Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
In the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, Kenya’s grassy savannas, Rift Valley lakes, and mountain highlands provide habitats for an astounding diversity of flora and fauna including the Big Five – lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos. The region is also home to pastoralist tribal communities such as the Maasai, and its famed national parks attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Kenya’s biodiversity is under threat from ecosystem fragmentation and human development, and shifting human demographics, land-use designations, and natural resource availability are putting a strain on traditional livelihoods. SFS research here focuses on one of Earth’s most essential natural resources – water – as we examine the impacts of these threats and explore conservation approaches to water management that will benefit humans and wildlife alike.
The Center for Water and Wildlife Studies lies in the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley, nestled between three world-famous national parks. The snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro towers over miles of savanna, replete with a diversity of wildlife. Campus is a sprawling, grassy compound made up of traditional thatched bandas (cabins) and a central chumba (main building), not far from the friendly village of Kimana.
This academically rigorous program follows a six-day/week schedule. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to help students actively discover and understand the complexities of environmental, social, and economic issues in Kenya.
Major academic themes include:
On the Water, Wildlife, and Community program, you will take three 4-credit disciplinary courses, one 2-credit language and culture course, and a 4-credit capstone Directed Research course. Courses are participatory in nature and are designed to foster inquiry and active learning. Each course combines lectures, field exercises, assignments, tests, and research. All courses are taught in English.
Learn more about the Kenya: Water, Wildlife and Community (SFS) program.
Credit: 4.5 for the fall or spring semester
Advisors: Professors Katherine Adelsberger, Jennifer Templeton and Jim Mountjoy
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