Ghana Past and Present:  Intersections of a Global Community


Anthropology 475:  Topics in Anthropology, 3 credits
Geography 459:  Field Studies in Regional Geography, 3 credits
Geography 559:  Advanced Field Studies in Regional Geography, 3 credits
International Studies 360:  International Studies Through Travel, 3 credits
International Studies 590:  Graduate Field Study Abroad, 3 credits


Permission of Instructor required for all courses


A limited number of $1,000 scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to matriculated CCSU students with a GPA of at least 2.50 who are registered for at least one of the academic courses associated with this program.

This course has been designed to expose students to several aspects of African culture through a study of one of Africa’s most beautiful countries, Ghana.  Africa, the second largest continent in the world, is a very diverse continent.  The diversity is not only evident in the continent’s physical geography, but also in its plurality of cultures, traditions, beliefs, and artistic expressions; and in its diverse social and political structures and practices.  Long interaction with the outside world has facilitated many African contributions to the world in terms of agricultural products, minerals, and other material goods, as well as knowledge and cultural expression.  American culture, in particular, has been enriched by African culture and music, and yet the continent’s rich history is hardly covered in the media.

Nowhere in the continent is this African diversity displayed better than in Ghana.  As the first African country to achieve independence, Ghana has especially influenced the struggle for independence in Africa and promoted the efforts to unite Africa. Ghana is therefore a country where the history, politics, culture, and the contemporary life of Africans can be experienced and studied. The program provides an intensive guided experience of the country that allows students to learn about Ghanaian history, economics, and culture, including politics, contemporary life, and the role of women in the Ghanaian society. Through lectures, interaction with the people in their homes and places of work, and visits to important sites, students will experience the Ghanaian life and confront some of the stereotypes and misrepresentations of Africa and its people; they will broaden their outlook on life and learn to be tolerant of other cultures.

Some of the historic sites we will visit include Cape Coast and Elmina Castles, World Heritage Sites that provide an opportunity for students to see artifacts of the European conquest of Africa and also witness depictions of some of the horrors of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Students will visit the Kakum Forest Reserve, a forest canopy walkway that is suspended 150 feet above the ground.  From here, one observes beautiful wildlife and learns about forest conservation, collaborative forest management, and medicinal uses of local plants.  A visit to Kumasi reveals the history of the Asantes, the Asantehene’s palace, and other sites where students learn about resistance and struggles by the native Ashantis against European conquest. The in-country study lasts for two weeks (plus two extra days for traveling).

Ghana is a haven that combines the charms of a tropical beach with a fascinating historical heritage, rich cultural varieties and interesting wildlife in national parks. Ghana welcomes you with open arms “Akwaaba.”

Registration Information and Program Costs

The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, double- or triple-occupancy accommodations, most meals, and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits. All personal expenses (i.e., medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are not included.   Course tuition is not included in the Course Abroad program fee.

Fulfillment of the University's International Requirement: 

All credits earned overseas on a CCSU-sponsored study abroad program, including courses offered in conjunction with Course Abroad programs, automatically receive "I Designation" and count toward fulfillment of the University's General Education International Requirement.


Registration Form


$3,995 per person, exlusive of tuition and fees


A limited number of $1,000 scholarships are available on a competitive basis

Travel Dates

July 7 - 22, 2014

Faculty Directors

Prof.  Peter Kyem
Geography Department
(860) 832-2801

Prof. Evelyn Phillips
Anthropology Department
(860) 832-2617

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