Language Across the Curriculum (LAC)


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Read about his semester in Ghana, Africa, where he conducted research, advanced his language skills, and learned firsthand about the importance of cultural awareness and differences.


Student Bridges Classroom Studies With Study Abroad to Ghana, Africa

A Baldwin Wallace University Language Across the Curriculum (LAC) Scholarship is providing Kristopher Smeage with an opportunity to study abroad in Cape Coast, Ghana.

Designed to prepare college students for the cross-cultural and multilingual demands and job opportunities of the 21st century, the LAC Scholarship Program offers financial support to students who wish to apply their foreign language skills to a variety of curricular contexts outside the classroom. 

Smeage '12, a political science and international studies major, is a native of Grand Haven, Mich. While in Ghana, Smeage took courses in African indigenous governmental systems and development.

With the help of a research grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Studies, he remained in Ghana over the summer to research the factors influencing the relationship between the Ghanaian host population and the refugees of the Buduburam Refugee Camp community.

Smeage is also using his overseas experience to advance his language skills in French.

Updated 6/12

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