The extremely popular Africa Study Abroad Program began in 1983 under the leadership of Don Gordon. Originally the Department of Religion joined political science in a winter term trip that traveled to East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) and the Middle East. Students would take one political science and one religion course. In 2000 Don revised the program significantly. History has replaced religion as program partner and the six-week tour now covers the southern cone of Africa, including South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and other countries.