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  • Locations: Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

The Ghana program will not be offered for the Summer of 2021. We are intending to offer it again for Summer 2022.

Discover Ghana

Through class activities, guest lectures from Ghanaian faculty, excursions to various sites, and an independent research project of their choosing, students will discover the complex history of a country that was home to sophisticated states and societies prior to colonial rule, was a prized part of the British Empire, and was an intellectual and organizational center of African liberation. Placing Ghana at the center of an examination of global history, this program enables students to appreciate and re-imagine the world in which we live. 
Ghana Glass makingCape coast boatsGhanacape coast castle
Overview The Ghana program will not be offered for the Summer of 2021. We are intending to offer it again for Summer 2022.

Through class activities, guest lectures from Ghanaian faculty, excursions to various sites, and an independent research project of their choosing, students will discover the complex history of a country that was home to sophisticated states and societies prior to colonial rule, was a prized part of the British Empire, and was an intellectual and organizational center of African liberation. Placing Ghana at the center of an examination of global history, this program enables students to appreciate and re-imagine the world in which we live. 
Location Wake Forest University's Studies in Africa summer program is based in Cape Coast, Ghana, a vibrant city with a long-established history, major public university, and seat as the administrative capital of Ghana’s Central Region. Time on the front and back end of the trip will also be spent in Ghana's cosmopolitan capital, Accra.
Academics Students will receive credit for either HST 105 Africa in World History (3hrs) for divisional credit or AFS 220 Studies in Africa which satisfies African Studies minor credit. Through class activities, guest lectures from Ghanaian faculty, site excursions, and an independent research project of their choosing, students will discover the complex history of a country that was home to sophisticated states and societies prior to colonial rule, was a prized part of the British Empire, and was an intellectual and organizational center of African liberation. Placing Ghana at the center of an examination of global history, this program enables students to appreciate—even re-imagine—the world in which we live. 

This course examines African history and its importance to that of the wider world, focusing on 1500-present. Today, popular imagination suggests that the African continent has been isolated from historical events of modern significance. Throughout the summer session we will debunk this idea by pursuing two important questions. First, what does world history look like from a Ghanaian/African-centered lens? Second, how have Ghanaian/African peoples shaped not only African histories but those of Europe and the Mediterranean, North America, and the modern world?
 
Faculty Dr. Nate Plageman
AFS Minor Coordinator, Professor of History
Phone: (336) 758 4318
E-mail: plagemna@wfu.edu
Accommodation Ecovillage and hotels
Excursions
  • Accra, Ghana
  • Cape Coast Castle
  • Kakum National Park
  • Elmina
Selection The Faculty Director is responsible for the selection of each group based on the following criteria:
  • Good academic standing
  • Interest in the subject matter
  • Maturity
​*There are no course prerequisites for enrollment in this course.
*Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Costs The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories:
Program Fee - Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program.
Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The 2019 summer rate was $900/per credit hour. Expect a slight increase for Summer 2020. 
Airfare – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
Personal Expenses – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This cost is always an estimate.

Program Fee  (estiamted)- $6,450
Tuition - (3hrs) - $2,700
Airfare - included in program fee
Estimated Personal Expenses - $500
Estimated total cost - $9,650
Scholarships Students may apply for scholarships through the Center for Global Programs and Studies' Funding Page. 
Contact Dr. Nate Plageman
AFS Minor Coordinator, Professor of History
Phone: (336) 758 4318
E-mail: plagemna@wfu.edu

Michael Tyson
Assistant Director for Study Abroad: Summer and Short Term Programs
Center for Global Programs and Studies
116 Reynolda Hall
Phone: (336) 758 4072
E-mail: tysonmj@wfu.edu

Sean McGlynn
Study Abroad Advisor
Center for Global Programs and Studies
116 Reynolda Hall
Phone: (336) 758 3194
E-mail: mcglynsd@wfu.edu
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This program is currently not accepting applications.