Skills for a career of leadership

The department of Humanities and Social Sciences teaches courses in Ashesi’s Liberal Arts core curriculum:

  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Leadership Seminars
  • Community Service
  • African Studies

The Liberal Arts Core


Ashesi's core curriculum consists of an interdisciplinary liberal arts program that includes courses in the humanities and social sciences, as well as mathematics and preparatory business and computer science courses. A liberal arts education develops students' critical thinking skills, by teaching them to explore the connections between fields of knowledge, separate relevant information from the irrelevant, question assumptions, reflect on the views of other people, and explore and analyze alternative explanations to the many aspects of human existence.

Leadership and Service Learning


At Ashesi, the liberal arts approach extends beyond the classroom through service learning. The service learning component is a requirement for graduation, and exists as another dimension of our commitment to nurturing well-rounded graduates who personify excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship. In particular, service learning helps students develop a sense of citizenship by giving them an opportunity to not only become engaged with their surrounding community, but also consider how they can make a positive impact on improving that community or solving its problems.

African Studies


Integral to our mission of training a new generation of African leaders, the African Studies Program at Ashesi University constitutes an important means for helping students understand Africa's past and present, and begin to formulate some ideas of how this diverse society might be shaped for future generations. Furthermore, the African Studies Program serves as a platform for collaboration between local and international scholars of Africana. Currently, the African Studies Program at Ashesi is a multi-disciplinary program with a selected set of advanced (level 200 & 300) courses in the following fields of study: African music and dance, archaeology, architecture, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology.

African Studies courses are of particular interest to Study Abroad students, and also serve as electives in the liberal arts core curriculum. Courses are taught on a flexible schedule driven by student interest and faculty availability. Students interested in taking specific African Studies course should express such interest to the Dean of Academic Affairs at least a full semester before the intended date of taking a specific course. Fulltime students must have successfully completed two prerequisites, Written & Oral Communication and Text & Meaning, before taking an advanced course in African Studies