African Studies

African Studies BA
African Studies helps students develop their understanding of various aspects of the African continent, including topics such as Africa in World History, Africa and the Global Political Economy, Africa and International Relations, Africa and International Development, peace studies, and conflict resolution. We also have courses that emphasize the diversities of culture, race, ethnicity, and religion on the continent. The program utilizes historical, cultural, geographical, economic, and political approaches to equip students with skills to undertake research on issues pertinent to Africa and to prepare themselves for careers in a range of professions as well for post-graduate studies.
Degree Types: Bachelor of Arts, Minor

Degree Options

  • Political Science
  • Journalism
  • Advertising/Public Relations
  • Psychology
  • Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Philosophy

About the Program

You might like this program if…

  • You are passionate about gaining the skills to think critically and write and speak with authority about Africa and its people.
  • You would like to explore the world through study-abroad opportunities in such countries as South Africa, Morocco, Ghana, and Tanzania.
  • You would like to learn more from our faculty, who actively teach, conduct research and publish on such topics as African history, culture, politics, art, economics, feminism, linguistics, demography, and health.


  • African Cinema
  • Contemporary Africa
  • African Feminism
  • African Geology
  • Early African History

Out-of-Classroom Experiences

  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
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Post-Graduation Opportunities

  • Law school
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Nursing
  • Graduate school to study international studies
Business Development, Consulting, Data Analysis, Healthcare Consulting, Management, Sales

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This program is housed in the African Studies Program
 at Penn State University Park.
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