ANT 232 – Contemporary Ghanaian Society and Culture This interdisciplinary survey course introduces students to the major economic, socio-political and cultural factors that have shaped Ghana’s development in the 20th century. Students earn one Davidson credit for this course which fulfills distribution requirements as well major requirements for Anthropology and Africana Studies.
ANT 233 – Performing Arts in West Africa This is an experiential learning course in traditional Ghanaian music and dance. Students learn singing, dancing, and drumming at the Ashanti Region Cultural Centre with a master drummer and several Ghanaian instructors. Learning Ghanaian songs in the Ashanti/Twi language, and practicing and performing drumming and dancing in its sociocultural context is an invaluable, authentic, and transformative experience that complements the seminar on Ghanaian society and culture. Students earn one Davidson credit for this course, which fulfills distribution requirements as well major requirements for Anthropology and Africana Studies.
Room and Board
Students will reside in single rooms at a guesthouse near the university. Breakfast and dinner are provided as part of the program fee.
Students will be involved in research, service, or internship projects based on their personal interests. Students will be involved in service/research projects that pair their personal interest with one of six areas of opportunity in Kumasi. These include education, public health and outreach programming, medical lab research, artistic apprenticeships, communications (radio or television) and/or development planning at a non-governmental organization.
During one week in June, Davidson students will visit major cultural, historical and conservation centers in several regions including the Volta, Eastern Region, Accra and Cape Coast. Site visits include the dungeons of the Atlantic Slave Trade, rainforests, nature preserves, a beach resort, the burial site of WEB DuBois, kente and bead making communities, and the national museum.
In addition, the guesthouse in Kumasi is less than 20 minutes from a regional airport and a major bus terminal that accesses numerous points of interest throughout the country