How OU’s African Studies program brings diversity to a predominantly white community

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The 2017 census data identified nearly 83 percent of Ohio as white, but Ohio University seeks to combat that through its highly successful African Studies program.

With such low ethnic diversity, it can be easy for individuals to grow up uneducated about other cultures and countries because they simply aren’t exposed to them. That’s where OU comes in.

The program offers languages like Akan, Kiswahili and Wolof and requires courses such as  African literature and African history. Students are given the opportunity to learn the languages of African countries while also being educated about cultures and traditions through a hands-on approach.  (read more)

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