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Accra Courses – 2022 Spring

If you have questions about the academics or courses available on this program, locate the Program Advisor to schedule an advising appointment or email them your questions directly.

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Academics

You will enroll in 12-18 credits per semester comprised of courses taught specifically for USAC students and courses selected from an array of offerings at the University of Ghana. Although enrollment in a language course is not a requirement of the program, it is strongly recommended that students enroll in Twi Conversation and Culture I, which will increase their understanding of Ghanaian culture and equip them with language and cross-cultural skills that will be of assistance in day-to-day life abroad. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

Click the course title to view course details, description, and availability.

USAC Courses

Fall Semester

African and International Development Studies

  • Fall
    Political Science 400-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    Political Science 400-level 1 credit Taught in English

    USAC offers a one credit field studies course in Ghanaian culture and natural resources. USAC encourages every student to participate in the field studies course. However, this segment of the program is optional and enrollment in the field studies course is necessary to participate on the trip itself. A fee is charged for the field trip to cover transportation, and room and board.

    Co-requisite: Enrollment in the optional Northern Ghana and Volta Eco Tours.

    This course has an additional fee for transportation and room and board.

  • Fall
    Community Health Sciences 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Community Health Sciences 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course is directed towards the student who wants to deepen his/her knowledge of global health and how preventive and promotive work can be carried on from an international perspective. This course also provides an introduction to problems involved in assessing international health needs and designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating public health programs in international settings. Topics include: issues in global health; major health problems and concerns of developing vs. developed countries; international health organizations; international health care systems and health development assistance; development of population/demographic transition; the global economy and health; access to medical care; cultural differences; emerging crises in global health.

  • Fall
    Political Science Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Ghana's historical destitution continues to hinder the process of its social, cultural, political, and economic development. This course will explore the disparities in national and international Ghanaian policy objectives as it pursues cultural, political, and economic stability. Students will have the opportunity to meet and speak with members of the Ghanaian business and political community.

  • Fall
    Service Learning Social Work Sociology 400-level 1-3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Service Learning Social Work Sociology 400-level 1-3 credits Taught in English

    Service learning combines community service with academic instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking and personal and civic responsibility. Service learning programs involve students in activities that address community-identified needs, while developing their academic skills and commitment to their community.

  • Fall
    Twi 100-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Twi 100-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This language course is designed to provide basic communicative competence in oral and written Twi for beginners. It will focus on the structure of the language as well as the culture of the people. The areas covered include:

    • orthography

    • parts of speech, e.g. nouns, verbs, pronouns, particles, determiners

    • greetings and responses, bargaining, giving directions

    • elements of Akan culture and acceptable behavior

Spring Semester

African and International Development Studies

  • Spring
    Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course examines the traditional family and society in Ghana and Africa. Students will develop in-depth knowledge about the family organization, dynamics, governance, and gender relations. This course will cover how family relations have changed throughout history because of modernization, for example, how Ghanaian and African family safety nets that historically protected vulnerable populations are being dismantled by a shift toward an individualistic society. Students will have the opportunity to develop a theoretical foundation to analyze how family structures have changed, and develop predictions for the future.

    Prerequisite: college sociology or anthropology

  • Fall
    Political Science 400-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    Political Science 400-level 1 credit Taught in English

    USAC offers a one credit field studies course in Ghanaian culture and natural resources. USAC encourages every student to participate in the field studies course. However, this segment of the program is optional and enrollment in the field studies course is necessary to participate on the trip itself. A fee is charged for the field trip to cover transportation, and room and board.

    Co-requisite: Enrollment in the optional Northern Ghana and Volta Eco Tours.

    This course has an additional fee for transportation and room and board.

  • Fall
    Community Health Sciences 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Community Health Sciences 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course is directed towards the student who wants to deepen his/her knowledge of global health and how preventive and promotive work can be carried on from an international perspective. This course also provides an introduction to problems involved in assessing international health needs and designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating public health programs in international settings. Topics include: issues in global health; major health problems and concerns of developing vs. developed countries; international health organizations; international health care systems and health development assistance; development of population/demographic transition; the global economy and health; access to medical care; cultural differences; emerging crises in global health.

  • Fall
    Service Learning Social Work Sociology 400-level 1-3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Service Learning Social Work Sociology 400-level 1-3 credits Taught in English

    Service learning combines community service with academic instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking and personal and civic responsibility. Service learning programs involve students in activities that address community-identified needs, while developing their academic skills and commitment to their community.

  • Spring
    Social Work 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course is intended to help students understand various strategies employed to achieve social development. Strategies for social development involve complex processes, and while some may be effective, other strategies may be ineffective. The course will explore a number of these strategies, provide students with some capacity to appraise the roles of development organizations in the development processes, and assess the intent and consequences of international aid. It examines major social issues, emphasizes the social consequences of globalization, North/ South power relations and structural adjustment programs. It analyses the dynamic relationship between social issues and development.

    The course explores differences between effective and ineffective strategies for social and community development. It examines the context of development in Ghana, the role of NGOs and government agencies and relationships between the two sectors. Additionally, it focuses on a cross- section of strategies employed by government agencies and the NGO sector in areas of reproductive health, food security and poverty alleviation and community development.

  • Fall
    Twi 100-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Twi 100-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This language course is designed to provide basic communicative competence in oral and written Twi for beginners. It will focus on the structure of the language as well as the culture of the people. The areas covered include:

    • orthography

    • parts of speech, e.g. nouns, verbs, pronouns, particles, determiners

    • greetings and responses, bargaining, giving directions

    • elements of Akan culture and acceptable behavior

  • Spring
    Twi 100-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This class builds upon your basic knowledge and communication skills in Akan language. You will learn more about the social contexts of greetings, how to talk about time, the family, food, games, travel and more. Cultural lessons are part of language learning and you will learn how to appropriately find out information from others, understand various symbols used in specific social contexts and how one is expected to behave in a given social context. You will also learn more about the pattern of pronunciation of Akan words, how to produce and recognize tonal contrasts, forming, understanding and using different kinds of complex sentences, complex tense/aspect/mood combinations.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

University of Ghana Courses

Academics at the University of Ghana are organized into Colleges, Faculties, and Institutes, Schools, and Centers of Learning. Areas of study listed below are a sample of what the University offers. Most courses are the equivalent of 3 US credits and taught in English. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by the University of Ghana. Note there is an additional fee for graduate courses.

Colleges

  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences

Faculties

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Engineering Sciences
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences

Schools

  • Business School
  • School of Communications Studies
  • School of Performing Arts
  • School of Graduate Studies

Institutes

  • Institute of Continuing and Distance Education
  • Regional Institute of Population Studies
  • Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research
  • Institute of African Studies
  • Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research

Centers

  • International Center for African Music and Dance
  • Center for African Wetlands
  • Biotechnology and Research Center
  • Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy
  • Language Center
  • Center for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
  • Center for Tropical Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Center for Social Policy Studies
  • Center for Gender Studies and Advocacy
  • West Africa Center for Crop Improvement
  • Volta Basin Research Project
  • Center for Migration Studies

Cultural Enrichment Workshops

Enhance your studies through non-credit workshops designed to provide opportunities for deeper engagement with unique aspects of Ghanaian life and culture.

  • Ghanaian Traditional Arts & Cuisine Workshop (non-credit opportunity) This workshop has an additional fee.

Field Studies

Optional field studies are an excellent way to deepen your academic experience abroad. During your 1-credit field study course, you will participate in carefully planned excursions that allow you to explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of Ghana. These overnight field experiences, combined with required academic components such as readings, research, and written assignments, will increase your understanding of the sites and locales visited.

As an experiential learning method, optional field studies complement the larger academic program and provide you with opportunities to learn in new ways, to gain hands-on experience, and to connect your classroom learning to the world around you.

Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run.

For more information about field study options, see the Accra tour and field study page.

Internships

USAC in-person and virtual internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Whether onsite or virtually, you will work closely with a USAC Resident Director (RD), an internship coordinator, and a professional supervisor to gain valuable experience and skills that can be applied to your chosen career field. Internships are also a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of Ghana, deepen your cross-cultural understanding, and help you develop intercultural communication and language skills in an internationally focused organization or other professional work setting.

Among the many benefits of an internship experience, USAC in-person and virtual internships help you

  • Learn about a career that matches your academic and personal interests
  • Gain practical, hands-on experience
  • Master highly sought-after soft skills such as time management, teamwork, and problem solving
  • Build a network of professional contacts
  • Improve your resume
  • Cultivate intercultural communication skills that are essential in a globalized workforce
  • Develop an understanding of the workplace norms, expectations, and culture of Brazil

For eligibility requirements and application information, see the USAC internship page.

For more information about placement options, see the Accra internship page.

Service Learning

You have the unique opportunity to experience Ghanaian culture and society through a service learning course and work in a variety of settings, which includes opportunities like teaching/tutoring at an elementary school, working at a local orphanage, assisting with advocacy and awareness programs at the West African Aids Foundation, training and fundraising opportunities at a community development NGO, working at the Accra Zoo or West African Primate Conservation Action, assisting at a local dance or theater company and others based on request. Some organizations may charge a one-time fee for the service learning or volunteering placement. You will learn more about the available opportunities during your on-site orientation and your placement will be confirmed at that time based on your interests and organizations' needs.

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Spring: Open

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer Sessions: Opens 9/1
Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1
Spring: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

Minimum 2.5 GPA and sophomore standing or higher

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

Summer:

US credit

Semester:

USAC Courses:
US Credit

Host Univ. Courses: Overseas Credit

Program Capacity

40 students

Instruction

English

Scholarships

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