PEACE Program Academic Overview
The Service-Learning Semester in The Gambia
The service-learning semester is slightly longer than the signature semester. Students arrive in The Gambia around mid-January and stay in The Gambia until the fourth week of May, about 18 weeks.
The service-learning semester differs from the signature semester in the following ways:
- A PEACE professor may not be present, so there is no required seminar course;
- No UTG faculty are hired as adjuncts, therefore, any UTG classes students take will become transfer credits on their transcript;
- All students are expected to register for ANTH 397, Service-Learning/Directed Research;
To view previous student Service-Learning/Directed Research papers, please click here!
There is no end of the semester trip to Niokolo Koba, rather, students will visit the private nature park of Fathala at the end of the semester on their way to Gorée Island.
Otherwise, the service-learning semester is similar to the signature semester. All students register for two SMCM courses: ANTH 150, Gambian Languages and Culture, and ANTH 397, Service-Learning/Directed Research for a total of eight SMCM credits. Students generally review and select three UTG courses during the semester, bringing their total academic credits to 17.