Programs by Major: African American Studies


AMMAN: AMIDEAST

Traditional | Amman, Jordan

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Students enrolled in AMIDEAST’s Education Abroad Program in Amman will have opportunities to study all of these fascinating topics and more in a program based at AMIDEAST’s facilities in Amman’s Sweifieh district. AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program courses in Amman are taught by a select group of Jordanian professors from a variety of institutions in and around Amman. These lecturers possess a strong instructional experience in English-speaking environments. All faculty members have received post-graduate degrees from North American or European universities, or have spent considerable time at English-medium institutions as students, faculty members, visiting faculty or visiting researchers


CAPE TOWN: CIEE – University of Cape Town

Traditional | Cape Town, South Africa

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Arts & Sciences Program
This program is appropriate for students from all academic disciplines who have a strong interest in learning about contemporary South African life and society and the forces that have created that society.

Program participants are required to enroll in at least one course with specific African content or one that offers a distinctive African perspective in their area of interest. Alternatively, students can enroll in the independent study option. Courses may be taken in all University of Cape Town faculties excluding Health Sciences. A full course load is considered 3-4 courses. A typical combination of courses includes two courses at the 200 level, and one or two courses at the 300 level.

Service-Learning Program
This program is appropriate for students from all academic disciplines who have experience with community service and/or volunteerism and who are highly motivated to engage in community service while taking part in a rigorous academic program of language study, social research methodology, African studies, and independent research.

All students enroll in the core course, which includes a service placement, choose to study either Xhosa or Afrikaans language, and complete their studies with a capstone project.


DAKAR: CIEE – CIEE Study Center

Traditional | Dakar, Senegal

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

If you are interested or majoring in French/Francophone studies, African studies, international relations, or development studies and are seeking an opportunity to live and study in a French-speaking West African country considered by many to be one of the most developed and democratic nations in that region, then this program is right for you. The program is geared toward students interested in continuing French language study and learning Wolof, while taking other courses in English and having a cultural immersion experience.


Grenada and Carriacou: Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | St. George, Grenada

Faculty Leader: Prof. Leonard Brown (l.brown@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Sessions WITH PIZZA and DRINKS:

Thursday, January 23rd, 6:00 p.m.  West Village F Room 114

For information, contact: Leonard Brown (l.brown@neu.edu) or Drew Wilcox (afjwilcox@gmail.com)

Term: Summer I

This program will begin in Boston on the Northeastern campus.  Students will be provided on-campus accommodations (typically a freshmen residence hall) between May 4, 2014 and May 10th.  Students will depart for Grenada on May 10th for the remainder of the program.  Please note that meals are not included and students will not have access to kitchens.  Students may opt to use on-campus dining facilities during this time, but the cost will be the student's responsibility. Please note dates are subject to change.

Courses:

  • AFAM 4939: Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project
  • AFAM 4710: Field & Lab Methods for Researching Black Music

Description:

The Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project, an initiative of the Department of African American Studies, is a four to five week faculty-led program offering students the opportunity to experience and study Afro-Caribbean Music and Culture in the Caribbean. The site for the Summer 2014 will be the island nation of Grenada including the sister site of Carriacou. Past research excursions have been to St. Croix, USVI (2009), Trinidad (2010), Tobago (2011) and Grenada (2012).  Students will learn and apply appropriate field research principles and practices in conducting ethnomusicological fieldwork. Students will focus attention towards the African retentions within traditional music forms as well as contemporary and current musical traditions. Students will have sessions on the history and legacy of music and dance in Carriacou and Grenada, the importance of linguistics in understanding messages within the music studied as well as the impact of trans-Atlantic slavery on the musical idioms and genres that derive from the Caribbean. The experience will include lecturers by leading scholars, musicians and experts from the Caribbean. Students will also have "dialogues" with area musicians, professionals and inhabitants of Carriacou and Grenada. Tours of historic sites, museums and important musical venues will be scheduled throughout the trip.  Summer 2014 will be exciting, as the research trip will include both Carriacou and Grenada. Carriacou is the home of some of the most unique manifestations of Africanisms in the Caribbean, specifically the Big Drum and the Maroon String Bands.  It is the goal of ACMRP to offer students a glimpse of Carriacou and Grenada through a well crafted, safe and intense immersion experience.  We will live amongst, talk, eat with and share space with the communities of and Grenada as we not only learn about the inhabitants but also share of our own lives and experiences.  The culmination of our research excursion will be a presentation of group projects to a community of scholars, local inhabitants and new friends.  At the end of the program students will compile their oral histories, video recordings and other accumulated field research, leaving a complete set of the recordings at a major research repository in Grenada as well as depositing a complete set in the Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project Collection in the Snell Library.


LEGON: CIEE – University of Ghana

Traditional | Legon, Ghana

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

This program allows students to fully immerse themselves in the Ghanaian culture. Students live and study with other university students. Courses are taught in English and include a wide array of disciplines from which to choose. Several field trips to local villages are offered. This program requires students to be able to adapt to the challenges of living in a developing country.


STELLENBOSCH: CIEE – Stellenbosch University

Traditional | Stellenbosch, South Africa

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

CIEE-Stellenbosch's "Sustainability and Community" program is designed to engage students in a variety of sustainability-related subject areas including development & policy, ecology & environment, community development, and economic issues that impact present-day South Africa.