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This course looks at the potential for corporations and governments to embrace the U.S. model of market-led approaches to spur greater economic development in apartheid-created, majority Black townships near Cape Town, South Africa. Students survey South Africa's history and urban economic development landscape and explore the similarities and differences between South Africa and the U.S. In addition to classroom learning, students engage in service learning experiences with organizations in low-income communities.


Sponsored by Division of Diversity and Community Engagement


  • HIS 317L - Maymester: Urban Economic Development

Academic Information

Students earn 3 hours of in-residence credit and participate in service learning activities. HIS 317L starts at the end of May in Cape Town. Grades are factored into GPA. Meets core curriculum requirements in history and carries the Global Cultures and Ethics/Leadership flags.


Dr. Leonard Moore and Dr. Darren Kelly, senior staff in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, co-direct the program. Dr. Moore teaches HIS 317L. Dr. Kelly teaches classes on leadership and success in the global world.

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Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - Yes
  • Internship - No


Students live in local hotels. A shared room and bathroom are standard. Students are required to live in program housing.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

2021 Program Fee: $3,500 (estimated). Program fee includes $500 deposit, housing, some meals, excursion administrative and instructional costs, cell phone, and on-site orientation. Program fee does not include airfare, books, insurance, local transportation and personal expenses.

Program Dates:

- Maymester
  • May 24, 2021 to June 19, 2021
  • Priority Deadline: November 15, 2020
  • Final Deadline: February 15, 2021

Application Code


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Next Step

Learn more by attending an info session, meeting with the professor, or program coordinator. Application deadline has been extended and applications will be accepted on rolling basis until 2/15/2021. For more info contact program coordinator Chelsea Cowan at

Program information above is subject to change