Social Sciences

Ghana Study Abroad

Study this summer with faculty member Kari Henquinet in Accra, Ghana—a country rich in cultural, historical sites, as well as natural beauty. Experience Ghanaian arts, dance, and music through courses and local festivals. See firsthand the world famous Ashanti Kingdom and its crafts. Enjoy miles of pristine beaches and lush rain forests. Earn Michigan Tech credits for your degree program.

  • Host: University of Ghana at Legon
  • Program Dates: May 29 - July 5, 2019
  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Minimum GPA: 2.75

Histories and Cultures of Africa

The course begins with a general overview of African history and problems with prominent accounts of African histories and cultures from a Eurocentric perspective. We intentionally integrate African voices in class materials to seek alternative perspectives. Students read African studies ethnographies to engage in theoretical discussions on social change, power, agency, globalization, and other social science concepts.

To take advantage of learning in Ghana, many materials will focus on West Africa and assignments will include not only traditional papers, but also reflections on daily discussions and observations in Ghana to draw links with course materials. 

SS 3910 - Histories and Cultures

Covers selected topics in world history, geography, or anthropology. Important concepts are the relationship between societies and regional geography, the sources and patterns of major cultures, and transformations of social, cultural, political, and economic institutions over time. May be repeated if topic differs.

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 9
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

Other Michigan Tech Courses

As a consortium partner, USAC courses transfer back as Michigan Tech credit. You should select the USAC Ghana courses that interest you in Ghana and review them with your academic advisor before travel. You will take three to six credits total.

Travel and Program Details

How to Apply

Students wishing to enroll in the Ghana Study Abroad, must first contact Kari Henquinet and Vienna Chapin to express interest. Then, complete the online forms available from IPS.

Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available for Study Abroad. Work with Vienna and Kari to identify opportunities you may qualify for.

To participate in a Study Abroad program, you must be a student in good academic and judicial standing at Michigan Tech (or your home institution). Select the "Apply Now" button below to start your Michigan Tech study abroad application. Students must also obtain two letters of recommendation: Recommendation Form.

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Information Sessions

For more information, please attend one of our information sessions:

  • Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6 p.m., location TBD

This program is sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences and the University Studies Abroad Consortium.