Carleton offers a Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in African Studies.  You can do your African Studies Honours degree combined with an Honours degree in any other B.A. program offered at Carleton.   You will need 20 credits for the degree, 7.0 credits of which will be designated for African Studies.  In addition to taking two Introduction to Africa courses and a fourth year capstone seminar in African Studies, you will have a choice of courses in African historyAfrican politicsanthropology of AfricaAfrican cultural and disapora studies as well as in international development and race and ethnic studies.  In addition, we offer every year in May a study abroad course taught by a Carleton faculty member in an African country. Finally, you also are able to take a placement course that enables you to carry out research and other academic activities at an organization (typically based in Ottawa) working in Africa, which is a superb opportunity to allow you to gain important hands-on experience.

To help you decide your courses and address any other academic question, you will be assigned a faculty mentor.

African Studies program requirements – Undergraduate Calendar.

African Studies courses – Undergraduate Calendar.

First Year Seminars

All first year BA students are encouraged to take a first year seminar (FYSM), which is a small enrollment (maximum 30) course focused on a particular subject area. FYSM usually also devote considerable attention to helping students develop the research, writing and presentation skills necessary to succeed at university. The Institute of African Studies offers FYSM 1901, which focuses on a different topic related to Africa every year. Here is the first year seminar homepage, which includes a listing of all the FYSM available in the university.

Language proficiency

To fulfill degree requirements, you will need to demonstrate proficiency in a language relevant to Africa other than English, which means that you either complete any first-year course (or its approved equivalent) in a relevant language offered at Carleton (such as French, Arabic, Portuguese) or through passing a language proficiency test administered by the Institute.

In the case of the language proficiency test, availability of the test in a given language will depend upon faculty resource availability.

a) Bachelor of Arts Degree
Combined Honours programs in African Studies are possible in conjunction with any other discipline in the B.A.   (e.g. Political Science, History, Law, Music, Anthropology, English, French, Economics, Sociology, Film Studies). Students wishing to pursue a Combined Honours degree between African Studies and Journalism must already be accepted into the Journalism Honours Program.

A total of 20.0 credits are required for a Combined Honours degree. For the IAS component of a Combined Honours degree, 7.0 credits in African Studies are required.

A total of 15.0 credits are required for the General degree, including 6.0 credits in African Studies.

All university graduation regulations for the B.A. degree apply.

b) Bachelor of Global and International Studies Degree
A total of 20.0 credits are required for the Honours degree, including 7.5  credits in the Specialization in Africa and Globalization.

A total of 15.0 credits are required in the General degree, including 4.0 credits in the Stream in Africa and Globalization.

All university graduation regulations for the B.G.In.S. degree apply.

c) Minor
The Minor in African Studies is open to all undergraduate students, excluding those students who are taking a major in African Studies in the B.A. or a Specialization or Stream in Africa and Globalization in the B.G.In.S.  It requires a total of 4.0 credits.