Quick Info

  • Legon, Ghana
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : African Studies, Africana Studies, Cultural Studies, Global Studies, Music, Theatre Arts
  • : mid-May 2018 - end June 2018
  • : Coming soon!
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record

Academics

Need to fulfill a general education requirement?  We've got courses for that!  Take a look below:

These courses have been submitted for general education credit and this section will be updated in Fall 2017.

The course is intended to provide students with a basic understanding and appreciation of some of the distinctive elements and features of West African cultures and society. Presented from interdisciplinary framework, the course will introduce students to the diversity, dynamism and complexity of the many cultures and societies of West Africa, both past and present. It first provides a brief background of the region by exploring its geological and geographical nature, and the multi-linguistic peoples living in the region. It follows with the nature of West African societies’ social systems and organization; their indigenous political and economic institutions; and their cultural arts and aesthetic. The course further discusses West Africans’ interaction with the world, and the subsequent emergence of slavery and colonization; and the rise of cultural emancipation, nationalism, pan-Africanism that eventually led to decolonization in the region. In addition, since the discipline of Africana Studies sustains comprehensive immersion of African world content to guide effort to study, to define, to critically interpret, to map and to comparatively engage the multi-directional continuum of African experience, the course finally shows, in conclusion, how these West African traditions have historically and culturally become part of the heritage of the Black communities in the Diaspora—Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latino, African American, and Afro-European traditions..

The course is designed to introduce students to the nature and characteristic features of West African performance traditional arts that totally cover music, and other art forms such as dance, drama, masquerade, drama and theater, which are combined with music in performance. It seeks to provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the diversity, dynamism, and complexity of these performing arts in the region, and the role that these arts plays in social, cultural, political, and economic lives of the societies. In a broader context, the course traces the shifting styles, forms, and content of these performing arts in relation to larger social, cultural, political and economic conditions experienced by the people. It analyzes the underlying discourse of artistry as expressed in these art forms, by examining the nature or the characteristic features of the arts, and how they are used with music as social and artistic mediums of communication, or as spontaneous dialogue to dramatize themes drawn from everyday social lives of the people. It shows how the use of these performing arts by the communities, as an avenue of communication, has continued to exist as ‘African cultural memory’ generally among the communities and has subsequently led to cultural self-determination and self-transformation among the societies. The course finally shows, in conclusion, how these West African performing art traditions have historically and culturally formed part of the heritage of the Afro-Diaspora musical traditions, as they are normally expressed through cultural performance.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. E. Kwadwo O. Beeko is currently a Faculty member in the University of Pittsburgh, and teaching at both the Department of Africana Studies and the Department of Music. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Ethnomusicology at the University of Pittsburgh (2005), a Master’s degree in Philosophy of Music at the University of Ghana, Legon (2000), a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana (1996), and a Diploma in Music at the National Academy of Music, Winneba, Ghana (1984). Beeko has some long-term experience and a proven success in teaching and motivating students to learn both in class-room setting and outside the class-room that involves research, volunteering work, etc. He also has a personal enthusiasm, humor, and commitment, essential for generating respect and interest, as well as for promoting teamwork, among students. His broad teaching interest has been on African performance aesthetics that deals with music, dance and theater; and the study of African traditions that deals with pre-colonial, colonial and contemporary African history, politics, society, culture, and religion. His research interest has been on Black performance aesthetics, and the creativity, innovation and processes of change that are employed in the peoples’ musical traditions, with particular emphasis on cognitive processes in musical performances. The courses that he is currently teaching at the University of Pittsburgh include Introduction to Africa; Early African Civilization; and African Literature and Society at the Department of Africana Studies; and Music in Africa, and Introduction to World Music at the Department of Music.

 

 

Housing

Students will stay in shared accommodations in the international students' dorm at the University of Ghana.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
coming soon coming soon
Arrive in Accra Depart Accra
May 14th (subject to change) June 17th  (subject to change)

Note, week one of this program begins in Pittsburgh on Monday, May 7th.  This week is mandatory, prior to departure for Accra.

Keep in mind that dates may change due to the availability and pricing of flights.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

 

All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 10, 2018. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

 

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for six credits
  • Shared accommodations at the University of Ghana
  • International travel health insurance
  • Class related activities
  • Program related performances
  • Accommodations at Pitt, the week of orientation, should you need them

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee $300
  • International roundtrip airfare
  • Vaccinations and any required prophylaxis
  • Meals and personal expenses
  • Souvenirs

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

  • Students must be prepared to express themselves through the performing arts
  • Hot water is not always available at the accommodations.  

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Nazir Noori

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Salam! I’m Nazir and I am a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised abroad and went to school in Iran, Afghanistan, and the U.S. I also took classes with the Foreign Service Institute in India and United Arab Emirates. I worked for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and German Foreign Office for over ten years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I assisted Afghan students to study in the U.S., and now I am glad I have the opportunity to help American students study abroad. Stop by the office during my walk-in hours (Mon, Wed, and Fri, 2-4pm) or get in touch with me at nazir.noori@pitt.edu or 412-383-4827 to discuss the study abroad options.