Botswana Summer Study Program: Academic Features

The program is open to students of all majors; as well as both under-graduate and graduate students. Urban and environmental course-work will be offered at introductory and advanced undergraduate levels, as well as graduate levels. This course-work will focus on urban processes and environmental health and hazards. The coursework will expose students to many major challenges that currently face the region of southern Africa today. Students will choose one course to take as the academic course component linked to their study abroad in Botswana.

More specifically, the courses offered that will be connected to the students' trip to Botswana are:
Comparing Urban Issues:

  •  Geog 280W/482A
  •  Geog 581A/E (Graduate only)

Or Comparing Health and Health Hazards:

  •  Geog 280Y/482E
  •  Geog 581E (Graduate only)

*Non –geography majors and students who do not have a background in urban geography or health disparities are encouraged to enroll in either Geography 280W or 280Y, which are non-major, introductory courses.


  • Professor Norah Henry, Geography Department co—Chair and Faculty Director of the Botswana study abroad program, will provide foundational lectures on the geography and history of Botswana.
  • Professor John Frazier, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Geography, will teach the courses on comparative urbanization in the US and Botswana, with his Botswana col-league, Professor Thando Gwebu. Their team-taught course should provide an interesting perspective of urban areas and urban processes and will include various field experiences and site visits to urban locations in Botswana.
  • Faculty members Professor Florence Margai, Professor of Geography and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, as well as Professor Mark Reisinger, Director of Undergraduate students and long time professor will also possibly teach components of this program.

Last Updated: 8/21/14