The Institute of African Studies is an interdisciplinary institute that brings together a wide range of expertise on African history, politics, literatures, cinemas, media, societies, cultures, legal systems and economics. The diversity of subjects taught through the African Studies program gives students a unique opportunity to encounter Africa from all possible angles, and demonstrates that research in Africa flows across borders and touches issues across the globe.

Seyi Ishola

Seyi Ishola

Through African Studies, I’ve been offered opportunities to explore topics I’m curious about and develop my skills through field placements and leadership positions, such as hosting an undergraduate conference. The support and encouragement I received from the Institute of African Studies also made the experience more enjoyable. – Seyi Ishola, Economics and African Studies student

The Carleton Advantage

The faculty at Carleton’s African Studies program are globally recognized in research fields that span special African regional foci as well as broader continental experience of globalization, popular culture, and youth culture in Africa; agrarian and extractive industries; African cinema, literatures, and history; postcolonial politics, human rights and social justice in Africa.

In addition to the research excellence of the department, it is dedicated to undergraduate research and is the first African Studies department in North America to initiate an annual undergraduate research conference. Our courses are designed to offer students a glimpseat specific case studies in Africa, while tyingthem to larger global themes such as colonialism, globalization, transnationalism, and the structures that affect all our lives, such as race, class, and gender. A Bachelor of Arts degree in African Studies provides students with dynamic critical thinking skills and an understanding ofthe complex interconnections of our world thattranscend the African continent.

African Studies has a placement course that allows students to arrange with an organization that works on African issues to do relevant academic work for them and an annual study abroad course that enables students to study a selected topic in African Studies with a Carleton professor in an African country (or countries) in which the professor carries out research.

In addition to the B.A. there is also a Specialization in Africa and Globalization offered via the Bachelor of Global and International Studies Degree.

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Sample Career Paths

  • Government
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Public or private sector
  • Business
  • Humanitarian aid work
  • Social services
  • Policy-making
  • Journalism
  • Health care
  • Education

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