Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
City: Cape Coast, Ghana and Cotonou, Benin
When Offered: May/June 2013 and January 2014

West Africa’s rich and deep cultural traditions have persisted through centuries of colonization, strife, governmental corruption, and other, often extreme hardships. This three-week course is your opportunity to experience firsthand the enduring and changing West African culture through intensive interdisciplinary study of Ghana’ and Benin’s customs, social institutions, and arts. This course involves extensive travel throughout West Africa, including lectures on West African religion, history, and art. You’ll go on field excursions to meet artists, see theatrical and dance performances, visit cultural museums, and take intensive classes in West African drumming, dance, and more. As a complement to your experience, you will also live for part of the time with a family in Cape Coast, Ghana.

"History, Society, and Culture in West Africa" includes a seven-week preliminary course during the fall semester prior to the West Africa program and a seven-week follow-up course during the following spring semester.