The East Africa travel study and field experience is interdisciplinary, and has attracted students across various majors, particularly Media + Communication, International Development and International Studies, Geography and Environmental Studies, Linguistics, Education, Business, and Religious Studies. The program involves pre-trip preparation and post-trip completion of academic assignments.  

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You are required to take two, but may take additional East Africa May 2020 course offerings. Note that senior students, who take their last two courses on a travel study, fulfill their graduation requirements with the following program courses.  

MCOM 396 / GEOG 396 • East Africa Field Study  
Interact with diverse physical and human environments with this interdisciplinary and experiential course. Get to know the history, religions, politics, and socio-economic realities that shape the communication and cultures of East Africa. (3 s.h.). Prerequisites: None

IDIS 450 / MCOM 451 • Transformational Development & Leadership 
Explore social and humanitarian responses to critical social issues such as poverty. Learn to perceive leadership through cultural, political, economic religious, and historical lenses. (3 s.h. meets IDIS requirement for graduation). Prerequisites: 70 s.h.

MCOM 372 / ANTH/LING 302  Cross-Cultural Communication 
Want to learn about the nature of cross-cultural interaction? Explore the dynamic of constant cultural change and principles of cultural adaptation. This course also addresses what it means to be an agent of change. (3 s.h.). Prerequisites: None

ANTH 390 / MCOM 390 • Gender in Multi-Cultural Perspective 
Survey global gender themes through comparative analysis and field experiences. Study the cultural construction of gender and personhood as shaped by cultural practices and ideologies, and gain perspective on how authority serves to limit or empower women. (3 s.h.) Prerequisites: None

East Africa Travel Study Flyer


E. Ruth Anaya, DLitt et Phil
Dr. Anaya's expertise is in global leadership and international development in East Africa and Central America. Her interest in social justice is especially focused on gender, human development, and socio-economic inequities. Her passion is to expose students to culture, leadership, and change; to promote social justice; and to explore solutions for alleviating poverty.

Read a feature article on Muhanda and the Kenya Travel Study in the Trinity Western University Magazine: Daughter of our Community.

Petra Anaya, MA
Petra Anaya, the coordinator and cultural expert for the program, is a multi-lingual Canadian, Kenyan by birth. He is the founder of an NGO focused on development through community and international partnerships, and currently directs several business ventures in Kenya. 


E. Ruth Anaya, DLitt et Phil 
ph: 604-513-2121 ext. 3143