African Studies

Earn an M.A. in African Studies

Do you wish to understand the critical influence - politically, economically, technologically, and culturally- that African countries play currently and have played historically? Contrary to popular belief, Africa has always been connected with the rest of the world, intimately linked to global histories of trade, diplomacy, knowledge production, and the arts. The M.A. program in African Studies at HLS is designed for students who plan to pursue careers in government, international relations, business, or another professional field. It will prepare you to be an informed leader in your chosen career.

Our faculty are engaged in a wide variety of research and teaching throughout all regions of the continent, as well as across the disciplines, and based in ten professional schools as well as the College at IU. We offer career resources and work one-on-one with you to find internships and study abroad opportunities tailored to your interests.

Learn more on the African Studies program website

Expand your language skills

Students are required to complete at least four semesters of an African language. This requirement can be waived by demonstrating equivalent competence through an exam.

The African Studies Program offers instruction in five major languages during the academic year: Akan-Twi, Bamana, Kiswahili, Yoruba and Zulu. Arabic, as spoken in North Africa, is offered in partnership with the Department of Middle East Languages & Cultures (MELC). Other languages may be available during the summer or through arrangements for Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellows.

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