The African Studies Center supports and coordinates the study of Africa at Boston University and works to create unique opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, whether the student’s interest might be in learning an African language or exploring a specific disciplinary topic. The goal of the African Studies Center is to create exceptional learning opportunities and to provide first-rate training to students interested in any aspect of African studies. It accomplishes this with the support of more than 90 affiliated faculty spread between 17 departments, 5 colleges, and 6 schools.
Academics at BU and in Boston
Academically, the African Studies Center offers degree-enhancing opportunities for both undergraduates and graduates. For undergraduates, there are two possible minors: African Studies and African Languages & Literature. For graduate students, there is the Graduate Certificate in African Studies. In addition to our on-campus African Studies offerings, BU sponsors Study Abroad programs in Morocco and Senegal (with programs planned for Zanzibar (Spring 2014), Zambia, South Africa and Burkina Faso). Opportunities also exist for students to cross-register in African Studies courses at other area colleges and universities, such as Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, Brandeis University, Tufts University, and Boston College.
Language Study and Financial Aid
The African Studies Center is a federally funded National Resource Center for African Studies. As such, the center has financial aid available for both undergraduate and graduate students who are studying African languages. This support can be awarded for multiple years and is meant to encourage deeper, more meaningful skills in speaking African languages and appreciating their attendant communities. Students from programs such as public health, education, law, business, and art history have been past recipients of these fellowships.