Africa is perhaps the most culturally and geographically diverse continent on Earth. At the Institute of African Studies, we draw on faculty members from across the university as we explore this diversity through the history, politics, cinema, media, society, culture, legal systems and economics of the African continent.

Bachelor of Arts, African Studies

Students in this program will learn about the politics, trade and investment, migration, development partnerships and other issues that link Africa to the rest of the world in the era of globalization. Students in the Combined Honours program can also benefit from the chance to study in Africa through our African Studies Abroad course (in Malawi in May 2016) or by doing their third year at one of the African universities with which Carleton has exchange agreements.

Bachelor of Global and International Studies: Africa and Globalization

The specialization in Africa and Globalization falls under the Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS), which is the multidisciplinary program with international experience and foreign language requirements.

In the Africa and Globalization specialization, you will study a wide range of issues as they apply to Africa, including democratization, human rights, international development, youth cultures, migration and refugees, colonialism and post-colonialism, and social justice.

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My major in African Studies has taught me not only to be a critical thinker but it gave me opportunities to travel, to explore and grow. I developed skills that will be useful for the rest of my life and will take me places I haven’t yet imagined.

More about the Bachelor of Arts

At Carleton, you can structure your BA according to what you want to achieve. You can pursue an intensive four-year Honours degree or a three year General program. You can choose a minor subject to complement your major subject and you can, in certain cases, pursue a concentration or a specialization—a set of courses in your major directed toward an area of expertise. If you are interested in two fields of study, you may be able to pursue them in a combined program.

First Year Seminar

As a first-year Bachelor of Arts student at Carleton, you will be able to benefit from one of a wide selection of First-year Seminars. Small groups (maximum of 25 to 30 students) are taught by experienced instructors who provide early and frequent feedback on class assignments, and instruction in research, writing and study skills. You should consider the full range of available First-year Seminars and think about enrolling in the one that interests you the most.

Carleton’s Capital Advantage

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. Since Ottawa is the hub of Africa-related activity in Canada, Carleton is able to draw on an impressive list of guest speakers and provide students with rich volunteer and internship opportunities.

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Program Highlights

  • Comprehensive Study of Africa and its Diasporas
  • Top Scholars on African Issues
  • African Studies Abroad Course
  • Workplace Placement Course
  • Interdisciplinary Study of Global Issues
  • Close-knit community

Program Information

  • Required Courses: English (ENG4U)
  • Cut off Range: 73-76%
  • Co-op Option: no

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