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African Studies

The African Studies Program offers opportunities to study the people, ideas and knowledge, cultures and institutions of Africa and African diasporas through interdisciplinary lenses.  The courses are drawn from humanities, social sciences and sciences. The core courses deal with subjects such as African history and systems of thought, development, African innovations, the slave trade, colonialism, African diasporas, African international relations, health, humanitarianism and politics.



  • African Studies (specialist, major and minor options)


First-Year Courses

  • NEW 150Y1 – Introduction to African Studies


Advice for First Year

If you are interested in enrolling in the African Studies program, or just wish to take a course in African Studies as an elective, you should take the first-year course listed above. In this course you will be introduced to topics such as the origins of African civilizations, the African experience of colonialism, African humanism and philosophy, and the dynamics of contemporary social organization, politics and culture. A program in African Studies often enhances the employability of students seeking opportunities in governmental, non-governmental, academic, corporate and international organizations that deal with Africa or African-related issues.


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