About African Studies

Map of Africa using the Azimuthal Equal-Area Projection and scaled at 1:51,400,000

The concentration in African studies offers students the opportunity to study Africa, its people, and its societies from a perspective that provides a holistic understanding of the continent. In order to provide concentrators with an in­depth understanding of African peoples and cultures, histories, politics, economies, and ecological environments, the courses of African Studies draw upon the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities.

In addition, students develop a heightened awareness of the long­term and complex relationship between Africa and the West. A core curriculum of courses, coupled with study abroad opportunities and an ongoing series of campus events, including speakers, special programs, and visiting scholars, provide students with a foundation for future work and/or study in African studies and related fields.