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Africa! More than a Continent

Each year Undergraduate Studies has facilitated an interdisciplinary, institutional theme to connect curricular and co-curricular experiences across disciplines and provide a framework for common intellectual experiences for our students.

This year kicks off a two year interdisciplinary exploration of Africa! More than a Continent.  The theme allows faculty, students, and campus offices and organizations to use Africa’s past, present and future to explore broad questions in culture, the arts, health care, business, politics and policy, history, literature, education, the environment, science and technology, athletics, and society to name a few.

The theme will have a two-pronged approach.  In the first year, 2015-2016, the theme will focus on general awareness topics such as geography, politics, history, arts, food, culture, and health; then in the second year (2016-2017), an embedded, deeper approach – including performance exchanges, study abroad, etc. The theme will facilitate exploration of the diversity of Africa as a continent comprised of more than 50 countries.

A unique opportunity for service learning has developed with the campus theme for 2016-17.  Western Carolina University has formed a partnership with Samaritan’s Feet, an international charity that supplies shoes for children in local communities as well as around the world.  This partnership will open many opportunities for grassroots involvement of students, staff, faculty, and our greater community.




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