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A Cultural Journey Through South Africa


Follow the unique and powerful journey of resilience in South Africa’s history, exploring the connections between religion, socio-political changes, economic opportunities and challenges. Students will examine workforce and economic consequences of the nation’s evolution from slavery to apartheid to a culture seeking inclusiveness.

Highlights include:

  • Visiting The Cradle of Humankind to learn of humanity’s origin
  • Traversing through the historic Sterkfontein Caves, a World Heritage Site
  • Africa’s tribal history at Lesedi Cultural Village
  • Voyaging through the diverse and historic city of Johannesburg
  • Exploring the governance structure of South Africa through touring Johannesburg City and Constitution Hill
  • Visiting the Apartheid Museum, devoted to viscerally chronicling the Apartheid experience and the successful struggle to end it
  • Listening to live music, shopping, and tasting local food at the Rosebank Sunday Market
  • Touring the largest Roman Catholic Church in South Africa, Regina Mundi Catholic Church
  • Seeing Nelson Mandela’s original home
  • Exploring Pretoria City and visiting Pretoria University
  • Surface tours of the working Cullinan Diamond Mine
  • Safari at Pilanesberg National Park Game Drive
  • Learning of the history of Dutch colonization in Cape Town
  • Befriending penguins at Boulder Beach
  • Discover the fascinating history of Nelson Mandela while he was imprisoned on Robben’s Island
  • Panoramic view of Cape town atop the famous Table Mountain


Program Dates

Malibu: May 31, 2024 - June 7, 2024

South Africa: June 7, 2024 - June 29, 2024


Tuition: $2,070 per unit (same as Malibu tuition per unit)

Housing & Food: $2,696

Program Specific Costs:

  • Global Health Fee: $75


Course Requirements

4 unit minimum requirement


Course Offerings

Students will enroll in two classes during the program: Organizational Behavior (BA 366) OR Principles of Microeconomics (BA/ECON 210), with the addition of HUM 295, for a total of four units. BA 366 (prerequisite, English 101) is required for all majors in the business administration division and satisfies the cultural competence GE requirement for all Seaver students. The course will be led by Dr. J. Goosby Smith, Vice President for Community Belonging & Chief Diversity Officer.  The BA/ECON 210 course is required of all economics and business administration division majors and satisfies a GE requirement for all Seaver students. This course will be led by Dr. Dean Baim, Professor of Economics and Finance.  


BA 366 Organizational Behavior (3)

Prerequisite: English 101

GE: Cultural Competence

An integrated and interdisciplinary study of behavioral science for management. The course attempts to integrate the psychological and sociological aspects of human behavior as they relate to management. Focus is on individual, group, and organizational behavior. Topics include communication, motivation, group dynamics, leadership, power, reward systems, organizational structure, and managing conflict and change.


BA/ECON 210 Introduction to Microeconomics (3)

GE: Human Institutions and Behavior

A study of the factors underlying the economic decisions of households and business units. Analysis of the determinants of demand, supply, utility, and costs of production. Price and output determination under various market structures is also studied, as well as pricing and employment of resources. (BA 210 is equivalent to ECON 210.)


HUM 295 Enriching the International Experience (1)

This course is designed to enrich the student’s international experience by providing opportunities to engage more fully with the culture and to reflect more deeply on the experience. It is the goal of this course to help students know how to look at and listen to their new culture and how to give meaning to their international experience. Taught only in International Programs. May be repeated in a different location. Cr/NC grading only.



Program Faculty Directors

Dr. Dean Baim

Dean Baim

Professor of Economics and Finance
Business Administration Division, Seaver College

Dr. Dean Baim is a professor of economics and finance at Pepperdine University. He is the recognized authority in the economic impact of sports stadiums and arenas on local communities and the financing of sports stadiums. He is the author of Sports Stadiums as a Municipal Investment. He, and co-author Marilyn Misch, wrote Beijing Olympics 2008: What Kind of Games to You Want to Play? which appeared in Review of Business Research. 

Dr. J. Goosby Smith

J. Goosby Smith

Vice President for Community Belonging
Chief Diversity Officer

J. Goosby Smith serves as the University’s inaugural vice president for community belonging and chief diversity officer. Guided by God's call to unite God's people, Smith approaches her specialty areas of human diversity, inclusion, and belonging with intellectual rigor, methodological soundness, patience, a healing spirit, a love for humanity, and a good-natured sense of humor.

Updated 12.19.23