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 history, African politics, anthropology of Africa, African 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.

Click here to find African Studies program requirements as they are listed in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Click here to find African Studies courses as they are listed in the 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.