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Ghana: Understanding Historical and Contemporary Connections between Africa & the Diaspora

Understanding Historical and Contemporary Connections between Africa and the Diaspora is a unique program that is meant to introduce students to the history, culture, and politics of a vital country in Sub-Saharan Africa – Ghana. This program will help students to reconstruct and reconnect the past to the present by tracing the transatlantic slave route from Africa to the Americas and beyond. This will be done through journeying through the slave route from Assin-Manso to the castles of Elmina and Cape Coast, to help map and discuss the impact of the slave trade, which took place from the 15th through 19th centuries. The visit to such historical sites will be framed within current political and economic changes in Ghana, and Africa as a whole. Age-old commercial activities in gold mining and marketing, and Kente weaving in the Ashanti Region will provide historical and modern insights. Students will gain a much deeper understanding of African culture through the history, geography, politics, economics, music, art, and more, which has gone on to shape many cultures of people of African descent across the world.

Course Information

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
Instructor: Dr. Gillian Richards-Greaves
This course does satisfy core goal 5B

Faculty & Staff Leaders 

‌Dr. Richard Aidoo, Associate Professor of Politics • 843-349-5035
Dr. Aidoo is an Associate Professor of Politics, and serves as Assistant Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at CCU. 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 a short-term study trips to Africa and Europe.

Assistant Professor, Anthropology and GeographyDr. 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 Ph.Ds. 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. Dr. Richards-Greaves also serves as the Assistant Director for the Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University.

Cost of the Program

Cost of the Program = Program Fees + (Number of Credits x Tuition Rate)

In-State Students  ($357/credit)
CCU credits  Program Fees Tuition  Cost of Program
3 credits $3,562 $1,071  $4,633
6 credits $3,562 $2,142 $5,704


Out-of-State Students ($432/credit)
CCU credits Program Fees Tuition Cost of Program
3 credits $3,562 $1,296  $4,858
6 credits $3,562 $2,592 $6,154

Included in Cost of Program: Program fees include roundtrip airfare from the U.S. to Ghana; accommodations; breakfast and dinner everyday; local transporation; planned excursions; visa processing fees; and emergency medical insurance.

Not included in Cost of Program: 

  • Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses:$200 for meals not covered by program fees (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 or the picture needed for the visa application. Students should ask their program leaders for more details about estimated out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Pre-departure Housing: Students will be meeting on-campus for classes in the week leading up to the departure date. Students will need to make sure they have accommodations leading up to the program departure date.  Students should confirm with faculty leaders the date of departure before securing housing.

Payment Schedule for Program Fees and Tuition

Program Fee & Tuition ScheduleDue DateAmount Due
Deposit November 1, 2017 $300
1st Payment December 8, 2017 $1,088
2nd Payment January 12, 2018 $1,087
3rd Payment February 12, 2018 $1,087 
Tuition April 20, 2018 In-State: $357/credit
Out-of-State: $432/credit

Deposits can be made in-person at Student Accounts (Baxley Hall) or over the phone. After acceptance to the program, payments can be made either online through Webadvisor or at Student Accounts.  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

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