Wildlife Management Studies


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 Tanzania.

Major academic themes include:

  • Wildlife conservation
  • African large mammal behavior
  • Carnivore ecology and field ornithology
  • Human-wildlife conflcit
  • Habitat assessments
  • Climate change impacts
  • Community-based conservation of protected areas


On the Wildlife Management Studies 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.

Click on each course to view a description and download the syllabus

SFS 2060 Introduction to Swahili Language and East African Tribal Communities 2 credits
SFS 3020 Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values 4 credits
SFS 3710 Techniques in Wildlife Management 4 credits
SFS 3720 Wildlife Ecology 4 credits
SFS 4910 Directed Research 4 credits

Field Skills

You will practice valuable skills in the field which may include: GIS use and applications, habitat and biodiversity assessment, research design and implementation, natural resource valuation, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, wildlife census techniques, research presentation, and Swahili language skills.


You will visit different ecosystems and communities while in the field, which may include national parks and wildlife management areas, ranches and farms, rural villages, indigenous Iraqw, Hadzabe, and Maasai communities, freshwater wetlands around Lake Manyara, wildlife migratory corridors, the volcanic caldera of Ngorongoro, the plains of the Serengeti, and Olduvai Gorge – one of the most important paleo-anthropological sites in the world.

Directed Research

In the Directed Research course, each student completes a field research project under the mentorship of a faculty member – beginning with data collection and analysis and concluding with a research paper and presentation. Project subject areas span ecology, natural resource management, conservation science, environmental ethics, and socioeconomics.

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All program components are subject to change.