Bachelors Degree in Global Challenges (Conservation)

BA Degree in Global Challenges with a concentration in Wildlife Conservation

ALU’s Global Challenges degree program is a inter-disciplinary course of study designed to address specific challenges facing Africa. Through social inquiry, applied data analysis, and internships, students are empowered to be agents of change in their selected area of study.


The ALU School of Wildlife Conservation weaves its content and expertise into the undergraduate degree program. Built on the philosophy of ‘missions not majors’, this program develops future African leaders with the explicit mission of conserving Africa’s natural wildlife ecosystem while balancing the interests of local communities and their economies.


The Global Challenges degree program begins with ALU’s signature ‘Leadership Core’ – a set of mandatory courses aimed at preparing all graduates with 21st-century, real world skills. In order to specialize in Wildlife Conservation studies, Global Challenge students declare their ‘mission’ related to conservation, after which they will take courses, engage in projects, shadow experts, and conduct relevant research with facilitation and support from the School of Wildlife Conservation.

All ALU students are encouraged to gain one year work experience through four 3-month internships in relevant or transferable fields of expertise. This may be a conservation organization, protected area management, tourism facility or corporate organisation with appropriate conservation stakeholder interest.

A Global Challenge degree specializing in Conservation ultimately culminates in a published ‘manifesto’, outlining how each student plans to impact wildlife conservation throughout their career.

Particular emphasis will be placed on identifying and recruiting students from communities near the most important protected areas and from the countries facing the gravest conservation challenges.

To find out more about ALU’s undergraduate programs or to apply, please click here.