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Global Studies - Africa

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The Global Studies - Africa major grew out of the excitement emanating from the decolonization of the continent in the mid‐1960’s and the awareness of the important role Africa could play in world affairs. Today the interdisciplinary nature of the program allows the student to build a course of study reflecting Africa’s contemporary reality. Themes include the socioeconomic development of the continent in the context of Africa’s grand cultural and historical traditions. Students may also view the study of Africa as an excellent case study of the process of social change in the developing world.

Required Coursework

Students are required to study at least one African language for three years, or study one language for two years and another language for one year.  They are also required to study abroad or intern in Africa.  Students must consult with their advisor and the Office of Global Opportunities before committing to an internship or study abroad program. For a complete list of current program requirements, please see the course catalog.

Not interested in a Global Studies major? Check out our Certificates in African Studies or African Culture through Music and Dance.

Eligibility and Application Requirements

Students interested in pursing a bachelor's degree in African Studies can apply for the program through Undergraduate Admissions. The Center for International Studies does not currently have any selective or limited application requirements.

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Current Ohio University students who wish to change their major or add a second major can apply to do so online.

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For more information, please contact one of our faculty members.

Dr. Catherine Cutcher
Assistant Director
Global Studies Programs
Center for International Studies
Yamada International House 106
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 597-2756
Dr. Joshua Hill
Interim Director of Global Studies Undergraduate Programs
Ohio University
(740) 593-4354
(740) 593-1834
413 Bentley Annex and Yamada 213
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Dr. Ghirmai Negash
Director, African Studies
Professor of English & African Literature
Ellis 344
(740) 593-0311