Welcome to African Studies at the University of Chicago!

African Studies at Chicago brings together faculty and students from a variety of disciplines and scholarly perspectives. What we share in common is an interest in engaging directly with the continent and its peoples, histories, cultures, and societies.  We also share a commitment to the idea that Africa is critical to challenging and advancing social scientific and humanistic modes of inquiry.

The heart of African Studies at the University of Chicago is the workshop. It meets every other week to discuss pre-circulated papers presented by graduate students, faculty, and visitors. Undergraduates are welcome. Click HERE for more information.

Students can avail themselves of a variety of opportunities to study Africa in the classroom. Graduate courses on Africa are offered in a range of departments, while undergraduates can learn more about Africa by taking either the African Civilizations sequence as well as a number of other classes. Undergraduates are also encouraged to study Africa from abroad through our new program in Dakar, Senegal.

On our website you will find information on

  • Courses and resources for undergraduates, graduates, and prospective students
  • News and announcements
  • Faculty ¬†profiles
  • Information on the African Studies Workshop
  • Opportunities for grants and funding
  • Resources available both on campus and online

For more information on the committee on African Studies please contact professors Jennifer Cole and Emily Lynn Osborn.