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Global Studies—Africa Major (B.A.)

Program Overview

The African Studies Program 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. The Global Studies-Africa major is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of Africa applicable for a wide variety of professions.

Global Studies - Africa majors 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. Majors 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.

*This program is being replaced by BA5238 - International Studies (approved by ODHE on 8/21/23) starting with the 23-24 Academic Year.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Global Studies--Africa alumni find meaningful post-baccalaureate opportunities in their chosen fields of education, the non-profit world, public policy, the business sector and more.

Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic Catalog

Program Details

Bachelor of Arts


Center for International Studies 
Yamada International House 213
Athens, OH 45701
Phone:  740.593.1840
Fax:  740.593.1837

Administrative Contact

Dr. Joshua Hill, contact person