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The African Experience: Ghanaian Culture and Ethics in Literature

Ghana culture study abroad

Program Description

Experience Ghana, Africa, as you study abroad in the “Motherland,” exploring Ghana’s rich culture and its roots, including the transatlantic slave trade, and associated issues, impacts, and relevance to today’s world. Learn more about today’s vibrant Ghana, as well as some of the social issues she faces, by visiting a variety of cultural centers.

Travel the emotional and chilling route of Africans destined for slavery from the River of the Last Bath, into the slave castles and dungeons, and through the “Door of No Return,” the final exit to the slave ships and the high seas. Finally, discover the residual effects of slavery, including its modern-day iterations, poverty, and environmental factors in both Ghana and the United States.

This course will take you through each of these topics as you explore many of the sites where these events took and are taking place. During this program, participants will also complete community service in Columbia’s Sister City, Tema, with organizations such as the Tema Library.

  • Credits

    ENGL-207 “Ethics in Literature” (3 Credits)

    SABR-953 “Study Abroad” (1 Credit)

    Students may take this course for credit or not-for-credit. HCC students who wish to receive college credits for the ENGL-207 course are required to register for the SABR-953 course as well. Students must meet with the International Education Program Coordinator before registering for the either course. 

  • Program Cost

    The tentative cost for the study abroad program is TBD. Please note that the program fee does not include the additional three academic credit course fee or one credit study abroad course fee.

    The Program Cost Includes:

    • Roundtrip airfare
    • Transportation within the country
    • Some meals
    • Accommodation
    • All planned excursions

    The Program Cost Does Not Include:

    • Course tuition
    • Some meals
    • Free time expenses
  • Program Director

    Program Director

    Rick Leith
    Phone: 443-518-4833

    Program Assistant

    Nana Owusu-Nkwantabisa
    Phone: 443-518-4634

  • Schedule

    The dates for this program are to be determined. Please note that this course will take place during the HCC Spring break. 


    Tenative Schedule: Classes at HCC during Spring semester. Travel over spring break.

    Day 1: Departure from Dulles Airport for Accra, Ghana

    Day 2: Arrive in Accra, Orientation, Tour of Accra (to include W.E.B. DuBois Center for Pan-Africanism), U of Ghana

    Day 3: Tour of Tema (Columbia Sister City), Service Learning Project at Tema Library

    Day 4: Travel to Kumasi, Ashanti Region - Tour of Kumasi (Ghana Cultural Center) and craft villages

    Day 5: Kumasi (Kwame Nkrumah U of Science & Tech); Gold mining/galamsey operation?

    Day 6: Travel to Cape Coast (stop at African Diaspora Ancestral Shrine and River of Last Bath at Assin Manso?) Slave Castles

    Day 7: Slave Castles (sunrise ceremony?); travel to Kakum National Park

    Day 8: Return to Accra

    Day 9: Environmental Service Learning Project (?)

    Day 10: In Tema/Accra (Aburi Botanical Garden?); evening flight to D.C.

    Day 11: Arrival at Dulles

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