Senegal: National Identity and the Arts

Educational Excursions

Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.

Kédougou: Ethnic Minorities Discovery
Kédougou is located in the southeastern part of Senegal, below the national park of Niokolo Koba. During this excursion, students stay among the traditional villages surrounding Kédougou, which are populated with diverse ethnic minorities, including: the Bedick, the Bassari, the Diallonkes, the Diakhanke, the Peul Fouta, and the Peul Bande.

Students explore this cultural diversity in music, dances, traditions, and customs through activities such as attending mask dances by a local ethnic group during their initiation ceremonies. This excursion includes important field research assignments.

Students also hike to the sacred baobab, one of the largest in Senegal, at Iwol, a Bedick village. Students then visit Dindefello and enjoy a two-kilometer hike to a spectacular waterfall with a deep pool at the bottom.

Saint Louis: The Historical and Colonial City
Saint-Louis is an excellent location for students to examine the colonial period in Senegal. Students attend lectures on concepts such as La Place de Saint-Louis dans l'Histoire Colonial du Sénégal and La Place de Saint-Louis dans la Litterature Senégalaise. While in Saint-Louis, students visit the National Ethnographic Museum and work on assignments that apply interviewing techniques, mapping, and sketching.

Gorée Island and the Slave House
Gorée Island was a busy slave-trading center during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Students visit a slave house and meet with a conservator on the slave trade period. Prior to the visit, students attend a lecture on development and poverty at the Gorée Institute, followed by a visit to a local women's organization. Students can visit the Historical Museum, la Musée de la Femme, and the community of artists who live and work on Gorée Island.

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Dakar

Language Study: French,  Wolof

Prerequisites: 3 semesters French


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