African Studies Degree Programs

Read on to learn about available degree programs in African studies and your career opportunities after graduation. See what your bachelor's degree options are, and take a look at what you'll study. Consider what you'll learn in a master's or doctoral degree program. Schools offering Culture & Media Studies degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Degrees Are Available in African Studies?

If you want to study African studies, you could start by pursuing a bachelor's degree program in the field. This course of study typically takes four years to complete, and it can be difficult to find online, although it is widely available in on-campus formats. Paired with a teaching certificate, earning this degree could prepare you to work as an elementary, middle school or secondary teacher; it could also make you eligible for admission into a graduate degree program.

Learning Environment Traditional classroom degree programs are available
Common Courses English, anthropology, literature, history, political science
Available Graduate Degrees Master's and doctorate degrees are available

What Will I Study?

Coursework in bachelor's degree programs in African studies combines general education classes with courses in anthropology, comparative literature, English, history and even dance. Because French is spoken in many African countries, programs often have a French language requirement, which could include translation courses. Other possible areas of study include psychology, political science and economics. You might take:

  • Economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • African politics
  • African-American literature
  • Psychology of prejudice
  • African dance practices
  • The French-speaking African experience
  • Caribbean literature
  • Race relations in the United States

Can I Earn A Graduate Degree?

You could pursue a master's degree or a doctorate degree; master's degree programs are 2-3-year courses of study that usually culminate in a thesis or a comprehensive exam, while doctorate degrees can take as long as six years to finish and culminate in a dissertation, a book-length work of original research. Both types of programs usually focus on teaching research methodologies and statistical analysis. They also offer individual academic advising from a professor in the field.

The following are classes you might find in graduate curricula:

  • Case studies in African conflict
  • North African political development
  • International perspectives on girls' education
  • International women's health
  • Politics of foreign aid
  • Public health challenges in Africa
  • Biomedicine and the HIV/AIDS epidemic

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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