African Studies

African Studies Center

The African Studies Center offers an interdisciplinary African Studies minor, as well as a minor in African Languages and Literature. Six African languages are regularly taught and fulfill the College of Arts & Sciences language requirement. The center also coordinates graduate programs in the social sciences and humanities, and encourages research and teaching on Africa. The center’s offices, classrooms, and facilities for lectures and conferences are on the fifth and fourth floors of 232 Bay State Road. Films and symposia are sponsored throughout the year, as are lectures by distinguished visiting scholars, journalists, faculty, and policymakers. Workshops are held on various development-related topics and in the African humanities. The center publishes a historical journal, working papers, and volumes in its African Studies Series, and it contributes to the support of the extensive research collection of the African Studies Library, which occupies the sixth floor of Mugar Memorial Library. The center’s Outreach Program maintains a collection of slides, films, records, videos, and other materials for loan to Boston-area educators, and sponsors workshops for African curriculum development.

  • Rabat, Morocco
    The Rabat Language & Liberal Arts Program provides students the opportunity to study Arabic language and Islamic and North African culture in Rabat, the cosmopolitan capital city of Morocco. Along with an intensive study of Arabic language, students explore the history, politics, and religion of Morocco and this ever-changing region of the world through coursework, homestays, and excursions.