Carleton offers a Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in African Studies. 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.
Students can also study Africa within the Bachelor of Global and International Studies degree (BGInS). A Specialization in Africa and Globalization stream also allows you to focus your studies on Africa within the BGInS degree. Undergraduate students in other programs can also take a Minor in African Studies.
A degree in African Studies prepares you for a wide range of careers in government service, non-governmental organizations, business, humanitarian aid work, journalism, and education. Many organizations, including United Nations bodies and Canadian governmental, non-governmental and private-sector organizations, are often assisting the efforts by Africans in expanding their economies, reforming their governance systems, extending their health care and education, and addressing environmental concerns in Africa. Expertise about Africa is also an asset in work in North America, such as in business, education, social services, or policy-making.
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As Canada’s capital, Ottawa is home to many governmental and non-governmental organizations involved with African issues, all of the African embassies and high commissions and a number of archival and library sources relevant to African studies. There are also a lot of research activities concerning Africa at organizations like The North-South Institute and the International Development Research Centre. Moreover, Ottawa-Gatineau region is home to a number of African and African diaspora community groups. Since Ottawa is the hub of Africa-related activity in Canada, Carleton is able to draw an impressive list of guest speakers and provide students with rich volunteer and internship opportunities.
We also liaise with the relevant governmental departments (such as Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Canadian International Development Agency), non-governmental organizations (working on, for example, international development, human rights, labour, environment, or gender issues), and community groups, which, amongst other things, assist our students in finding placement opportunities.