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Ghana's Connections to the Diaspora

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  • Location: Accra, Cape Coast, Kumasi and Akosombo, Ghana
  • Program Dates: May 4-30, 2020
  • Travel Dates: May 13-30, 2020 (to be confirmed)
  • Cost to Participate: $4059 plus tuition
  • Application Information
  • Online Application
  • Courses Offered
  • POLI 348 Introduction to Africa
  • ANTH 102 Understanding Other Cultures

This faculty-led program offers students a rare opportunity to encounter the African continent in an intentional way, drawing linkages between ancient antecedents and contemporary themes. The politically independent country of Ghana is a unique repository of historical experiences that connect all people of African descent – from the pre-colonial slave trade, through colonial struggles led by pan-African stalwarts like Kwame Nkrumah and W.E.B. Du Bois, to post-colonial economic and political discourses of liberalization and democratization. In the cities of Accra and Cape Coast, Chants will have a chance to gain insights into the Atlantic slave trade by visiting castles as well as trade posts that litter the coastal shores – sites that juxtapose with modern trade in this age of globalization.

The metropolitan city of Kumasi provides an extraordinary look into the lives of the Ashanti people, custodians of the gold industry as well as the Kente cloth, which is widely recognized by African-Americans as a symbol of ethnic pride. In the Volta and Eastern Regions, visits to Lake Volta (one of the largest man-made lakes in the world) and other sites of nature will help us make some of these connections. Travel with CCU to the least explored continent, and trace historical elements all the way to today’s families living in the United States. We will enjoy Ghanaian food, art, language, music, and ways of life to broaden our global awareness and equip us with new methods for understanding diversity!

Physical Requirements: walking short distances on hard, uneven and sometimes unpaved surfaces.

Course Information

Students participants can take one or both of the following courses.

POLI 348 Introduction to Africa. (3 credits). (Prereq: none). This is a course designed to broadly introduce students to the continent of Africa. This course focuses on African geography and environment, political and economic histories, and its rich and varied cultures.
Instructor: Dr. Richard Aidoo

ANTH 102 Understanding Other Cultures. (3 credits). (Prereq: None). How can we learn about peoples and cultures that are different from our own, and how can we use this knowledge to critically examine our own culture?  The main objective of this course is to introduce you to the field of sociocultural anthropology. Sociocultural anthropology studies the complexities and commonalities of human experiences around the world. While some disciplines study human existence from either a local or global, past or present, individual or collective standpoint, sociocultural anthropology interrogates the ways that these different perspectives intersect. As it offers a holistic approach to the study of society, sociocultural anthropology presents a unique vantage point from which investigate and address challenges of the past as well as solutions for current and future social problems. This course satisfies Core Goal 5B.
Instructor: Dr. Gillian Richards-Greaves

Program Leaders 

‌Dr. Richard Aidoo, Associate Professor of Politics, 843-349-5035
Dr. Aidoo serves as Assistant Dean of the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. He is originally from Ghana and is an alumnus of the University of Ghana in Accra. He also holds an MPhil from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway. After his Ph.D. in international relations and comparative politics (with Sub-Saharan Africa) from Miami University of Ohio, he has been teaching, researching and writing on economic development in Africa and the developing world at large. Dr. Aidoo has extensive in-country experience in Ghana as he spends most summers conducting research in different parts of Africa. Speaks most of the main Ghanaian languages.  Previously, he led diverse groups of students on short-term, faculty-led programs to Africa and Europe.‌

Dr. Gillian Richards-Greaves, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, 843-349-6459
Dr. Gillian Richards-Greaves is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Coastal Carolina University. She earned dual PhDs. in Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a BA-MA in Music-Education with minor in Mathematics, from Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her research encompasses the musical, cultural, linguistic, and ritual expressions of the African Diaspora, with particular emphasis on the connections between Africa, the Caribbean and the United States. She has conducted research on kweh-kweh, an African Guyanese pre-wedding ritual, and is currently researching the culture and identity of the Gullah-Geechee of South Carolina.

Cost to Participate = Program Fee ($4,059) + Tuition (Number of Credits x Tuition Rate) + Out-of-pocket Expenses

The tuition for this course is included in Maymester. 

Included in Program Fee: Roundtrip airfare from U.S. to Ghana; accommodations; breakfast and dinner everyday; local transporation; planned excursions; visa processing fees; and emergency medical insurance ($1.80 a day, for every day traveling). 

Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Estimated out-of-pocket expenses: Approximately $150 for meals not covered by program fee (10 lunches) and miscellaneous expenses. Please note that this estimate will vary based on individual spending habits and does not cover the cost of a new passport. Students should ask their program leaders for more details about estimated out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Pre-departure housing: Students will be meeting on campus in the week leading up to the departure date and must have accommodations during this period. Students should confirm the departure date with their program leaders before securing housing. 
Discounted Tuition for Education Abroad Students: $366/credit
CCU credits  Program Fee Tuition 

Technology Fee

Expenses (estimate)

Cost to
3 credits $4059 $1098 $15 $150 $5322
6 credits $4059 $2196 $30 $150 $6435


Payment Schedule

PaymentDue DateAmount Due
Deposit Oct. 30 $300 (refundable until commitment deadline Dec. 5)
Program Fee Payment Feb. 11 $3759
Tuition and Technology Fee Payment May 9 Varies (see above)

Deposits can be made in person at Student Accounts or by phone. After acceptance to the program, the payment of the program fee as well as payment of tuition can be made online through WebAdvisor or in-person/by phone through Student Accounts. Tuition charges are distinct and different from program fee charges. Please note that payments made with a debit or credit card will be charged a service fee of 2.7 percent. For more information about methods of payment, visit Student Accounts. 

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