Migrations: From Africa to America and the (Re)Making of Culture

On the great continent of Africa, in the peaceful and hospitable country of Ghana, Bucknell in Ghana provides you opportunities to:

  • Understand the history and lived experiences of African people before, during and after the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its current implications for Africa.
  • Experience and learn about Africa within an African environment.
  • Travel through Ghana on field trips tailored to the core course.
  • Learn about and participate in the rich Ghanaian culture expressed through the arts, language, food and recreation.
  • Live and study at the University of Cape Coast.
  • Tour UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Live in a beautiful coastal town at the University of Cape Coast.

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This program is open to all Bucknell students. This program is open to all majors and has enrolled students from the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Whatever your major/minor BiG provides the opportunity for you to take courses at the University of Cape Coast to enable you maintain a full course load. The core course, “Migrations: From Africa to America and the (Re) Making of Community”, satisfies Bucknell’s College Core Curriculum Global Connections and Diversity in the U.S. requirements.

Core Course

Migrations: From Africa to America and the (Re) Making of Community Econ/AFAM 268 (Banks) - 1 credit

This course examines forced and voluntary migrations of Africans and their North American descendants. It will begin with an analysis of west and central African history and will then focus on the period from the beginning of the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade to the present. The class examines the impact of migration on the lives that Africans and their North American descents made and are continuing to make for themselves and the challenges that they face(d) in recreating their lives and meaning systems in a foreign and often hostile environment. Major themes of the course include African cultural retentions, African and African American relations, African American longings for “home”, African and African American relations with the dominant Euro-American culture, African American work and social relations of production, black community formation and institutional development, and African American cultural products and expressions which are linked to migration. Field trips to museums and historical sites of the slave trade will be integrated into classroom discussions of African history and African American repatriation.This course satisfies the College Core Curriculum Global Connections and Diversity in the U.S. requirements.

Elective Courses

Whatever your major/minor BiG provides the opportunity for you to take courses at the University of Cape Coast to enable you maintain a full course load.
Visit http://ucc.edu.gh/academics/progammes-list for a view of departments and courses available to you.

Program Contacts

Prof. Nina Banks (economics)
131 Academic West Bldg.
570.577.1652
nbanks@bucknell.edu

Stephen Appiah-Padi
Director, Global & Off-campus Education
2 Botany Building, 570.577.3796
skap001@bucknell.edu

Information Sessions

  • Feb. 22, 4 - 5 p.m., 211 Academic West Bldg.
  • Feb. 26, noon - 1 p.m., 113 Academic West Bldg.
  • March 20, 11 a.m. - noon, 113 Academic West Bldg.
  • April 3, 11 a.m. - noon, 113 Academic West Bldg.
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