Hiram College


The Faculty

Prudence Hall, Professor Emerita of Biology and Chemistry

Elizabeth Piatt, Associate Professor of Sociology

The Courses

BIOL 28000 or SOAN 28000 – Seminar: South Africa, Prequel (Fall 2018 12-week term, 1 credit hour)

Changing Landscapes: Integrating Sociological and Ecological Perspectives in an Exploration of Contemporary Issues in South Africa (INTD, Fall 2018 3-week term, 3 credit hours)

Cultural Immersion

Who visits South African game reserves and national parks? What has happened to people in traditional communities who have lived for generations in areas that have been turned into locations to protect and preserve important ecological habitats? Our trip to main areas of South Africa to examine the country’s natural areas and ecosystems as well as areas where South

Africa’s people live will provide firsthand looks at the social and environmental issues that accompany ecological and social changes. We will interact with members of local communities and provide assistance in some places, through service-learning opportunities. The South African government’s efforts to reverse the social and economic impacts of the previous apartheid will come into focus through this study-abroad experience.

The Itinerary

The locations we visit will provide firsthand exposure to the sociological and ecological facets of this complex environment.


Visits to the Cradle of Civilization, the Apartheid Museum, and the township Soweto will introduce us to some of the history of the country.

Nambiti Game Reserve

We expect to observe the Big 5 – the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and rhinoceros.


This will be a relaxing time as the family will host a tradition braai (cookout) for us one night and we will visit a community arts center, which was originally an AIDS orphanage.


En route to Durban we’ll stop at the Mandela Capture site, then be introduced to South Africa’s third largest city, located on the Indian Ocean.

Cape Town

A short flight will take us from Durban to Cape Town where day trips to Kirstenbosch and Table Mountain, Robben Island, Philani (a community center), District 6 and the South African Museums, and a ‘green’ winery in the Stellenbosch areas are planned.

Trip Prerequisites/Requirements

Students are required to take and pass a 1-credit prequel course, BIOL 28000 or SOAN 28000, during the Fall 2018 12-week term. This course will provide important and relevant background about the political, historical, social and ecological landscape of South Africa. Time will be devoted to necessary preparations, e.g., packing, ‘long plane trip survival. Hiking and walking are part of daily activities; some walks will be at elevations higher than that of Hiram.

Program Details

  • Estimated cost:  $7,600 (includes round-trip airfare, transportation within country, accommodations, meals, and admission fees)
  • Application Deadline:  March 8, 2018; A $75 non-refundable fee is due upon receipt of application.  This fee is used to pay for processing costs, an International Student Identity Card, passport holder, and luggage tags.
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Brittany Jackson, M.A.

Assistant Director of Strategic Academic Initiatives
Study Away Coordinator


Brittany Jackson is the main point of contact for all things related to study abroad at Hiram College.

Address and Fax Number:

Hiram College
Hinsdale 136 and 137
PO Box 67
Hiram, OH  44234