The Department of African American Studies (AAS) at the University of Houston hosts an annual study abroad program to Ghana, West Africa. For University-sanctioned domestic and international travel, only travel consistent with the mission of the University will be permitted at the discretion of the applicable vice president. This is effective until further notice based on conditions both in the U.S. and abroad.
Students in the program take up to six credit hours of African American studies courses that include lectures at the University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. This is part of our ongoing mission to embrace knowledge of African life on the continent and throughout the Diaspora. Borrowing critical insights from scholar-activists such as Marcus Garvey and Zora N. Hurston, the Department of African American Studies views international travel as an imperative tool for examining the African experience from a systemic perspective.
As such, student participation in the study abroad program provides a key measure of the program’s strength in introducing students to advanced research opportunities and original sources within the discipline. In addition to conducting field research and oral histories, student participants in the study abroad program receive instruction and gain awareness of the everyday concerns and political economy of ordinary Ghanaian citizens.
The Learning Abroad Program in the department of African American Studies has postponed travel to Ghana for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Please see this link for additional information: https://www.uh.edu/covid-19/guidelines-protocols/travel-guidelines/.