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Program Description:
South Africa landscape

This program allows students to study the historical literature and culture of apartheid in two of its largest urban areas—Johannesburg and Cape Town. Our primary goal is to provide students with a solid academic background for understanding, talking about, and writing about South Africa. In doing the course as a study abroad tour, we also aim to help raise the student’s awareness of the complexity of the world, while exposing them to a society that is different from their own, and which is connected to larger concerns of international history and politics.
The course will focus on the phenomenon of apartheid in South Africa. We will briefly cover the pre-colonial and colonial histories of South Africa and the origins of the apartheid system, then focus mostly on the rise and effects of apartheid, and end the course with an examination of what post-apartheid South Africa looks like. This course is interdisciplinary, and over these three weeks, you will read both historical accounts and arguments regarding apartheid in South Africa as well as short stories and novels written during this period. Some questions we will consider are: What is the relationship between historical accounts and literature? Who has the authority to narrate history, and what differences do we see in literary and historical accounts? What narratives do the museums and memorials in South Africa privilege? Which ones do they silence?

Program Information
Courses: HIS 354 / LIT 338 / HON 270: The History and Literature of Apartheid in South Africa
Liberal Learning: HIS 387: Social Change and Historical Perspectives; Race and Ethnicity; Global. LIT 338: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts; Race and Ethnicity; Global.
Program Directors: Dr. Matthew Bender & Dr. Mindi McMann
Eligibility: No prerequisites and no language requirements. Open to all students in good academic standing (including current first-year students).
Program Fee: $5502.01.
Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.
For course specific questions, please contact Dr. Mindi McMann at or Dr. Matthew Bender at
Please review our refund, cancellation, and withdrawal policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Faculty-Led 2021 09/25/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.