The Program in African Studies is a multidisciplinary forum that brings together students and faculty to learn about Africa — its peoples, environments and resources — by exploring cultural, historical, political, scientific and economic issues.
The African Studies Program at Princeton offers both undergraduates and graduates numerous opportunities to study Africa, both formally and informally. From an undergraduate certificate program, to language study, to participation in events, student organizations and even a Graduate Colloquium, there are many ways to get involved and learn more about African culture, society, politics and the economy. The program is flexible, enabling students majoring in any department to design a course of study that satisfies their interests in Africa.
For undergraduates pursuing a certificate in African Studies, the plan of study typically begins with an introductory course that explores African issues from many perspectives and ends with a colloquium where students share their senior research with peers and faculty. Throughout their coursework, students design their course of study as broad or as focused as their individual interests. Language study is also an essential part of learning with Swahili and Twi being offered on campus and abroad. While not a requirement of the program, language study can greatly enhance your knowledge and understanding of the African culture and offer you more opportunities for travel and future career opportunities in Africa. Summer study abroad opportunities are offered in both East and West Africa almost every year.
African studies at the graduate level are pursued as an integral part of an individual’s course of study in a regular academic department. Study abroad opportunities at both the graduate and undergraduate levels include research, field work and outreach, and funding is available for both sets of students.
On campus, the program offers series of research seminars where informal discussions on matters pertaining to Africa take place. Visit Events for dates and further details about the programs. The Program in African Studies also sponsors a variety of other types of scholarly and cultural activities throughout the academic year, many of which are initiated by its undergraduate student organization, Akwaaba, or its association of graduate students, Thingira.
Much is happening in Africa today and the Program in African Studies offers many exciting ways to explore the social, environmental, and political issues affecting Africa and the African diaspora.