Designed to help students better understand the complexities of the issues facing the African continent today, this program will expose students to many aspects of Ghanaian and West African cultures. Students will explore historical and cultural sites including the departure point for the Middle Passage and the W.E.B. DuBois Museum. The program is based in Accra, Ghana's political capital, and includes visits to Kumasi, the country's cultural capital and Elmina, the site of the first European slave-trading post in sub-Saharan Africa.
Students will participate in a comprehensive orientation prior to depature.
Students will earn three (3) credits in the course equivalent to HIST 4951. The program is led by Marquette history professor, Dr. Chima Korieh. Students will also hear from guest lecturers and local experts while in Ghana. Topics covered include:
Historical overview of Ghana
Introduction to Ghanian languages
Politics of governance in Ghana
Globalization and the Ghanian economy
Religion, Ethics and Morality in West African Societies
Role of Ghanaian women in national development
Marriage and family in West Africa
Health care and the environment
West African culture and development
Students will live in homestays or hotels. Group meals will be provided by the program.
Please reference the above "Budget Sheets" link
Ghana is located on the Gulf of Guinea along the west coast of Africa. It has a stable government and offers a rich cultural environment in which to study. The official language is English, although many other indigenous languages are spoken. It borders Ivory Coast to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. Ghana was the first country on the African continent to gain independence after colonization. Having been occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British, Ghana still maintains much of the culture from these countries. Castles dot the landscape, and forts and palaces are still in use in many parts of the country. Ghana is also home to Cape Coast Castle, one of the remaining legacies of the infamous Atlantic slave trade. Here students will participate in guided tours. In addition, its second largest city, Kumasi, offers students a first-hand experience of the world famous Ashanti kingdom and its crafts.