Princeton University's Program in African Studies is one of the most diverse in the nation. Truly an inter-disciplinary program, faculty from the humanities and social, natural, and engineering sciences play an active role in teaching and advising research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The undergraduate plan of study typically commences with an introductory course that explores African issues from many perspectives and ends with a colloquium where students share their senior research with peers and faculty. In between these "bookends," students select coursework and design programs that can be as broad or as focused as their individual interests. Similarly, African studies at the Ph.D. level are pursued as an integral part of an individual’s course of study in a regular academic department. Study abroad opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels include research, field work, and outreach.
On campus, the program offers a series of lunchtime research seminars and an Indaba--a breakfast meeting where informal discussions on matters pertaining to Africa takes place. It also sponsors a variety of other types of scholarly and cultural activities, many of which are initiated by its undergraduate student organization, Akwaaba, or its association of graduate students, Thingira.
Much is happening in Africa today and Princeton's Program in African Studies offers many exciting ways to explore the social, environmental, and political issues affecting Africa and the African diaspora.
Princeton in Africa
The Program in African Studies strongly encourages concentrators to study in Africa. Through a collaborative undertaking between the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Program in African Studies, the School of Engineering, and Kenyan institutions, Princeton University offers a spring semester in Kenya for juniors, "Tropical Biology in Kenya." Princeton also has linkage with the University of Cape Town to enable undergraduate study in South Africa for a semester or a year. Students are also welcome to study at other African universities, including Rhodes University, where an approved summer course is offered.
In addition, students interested in working in Africa for either a year after graduation or during a summer can apply to Princeton in Africa for internships. Princeton in Africa, an independent support organization of the University, was established in 2000 and seeks to encourage American/African collaboration, to provide effective assistance to the world's most underserved continent, and to create a constituency committed to the emergence of Africa as a full partner in the developed world.
2015 Certificate Recipients
Priscilla Boakye-Atansah Agyapong, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Light Ebaa! Toward Diversified Power in Ghana
Senior Thesis Advisor: M.V. Ramana, Woodrow Wilson School, Program in Science and Global Security
Joanna Anyanwu, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Fragile States, Fragile Girlhoods? Exploring Child Marriage in Conflict & Post-Conflict Contexts in West Africa
Senior Thesis Advisor: Anne Case, Woodrow Wilson School, Economics
Sarah Elizabeth Jeong, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Subsistence Farming with Climate Change: Sowing the Seeds of Government Programs in Limpopo, South Africa
Senior Thesis Advisor: Michael Oppenheimer, Woodrow Wilson School, Geosciences
Drew W. McDonald, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
A Multidimensional Empirical Analysis of Mineral Resources in African Civil War 1989-2010
Senior Thesis Advisor: Jacob Shapiro, Woodrow Wilson School, Politics
Temiloluwa Anne-Marie Odimayo, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
After the Call Drops: Regulatory Quality in the African Telecommunications Sector
Senior Thesis Advisor: Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, Woodrow Wilson School, Economics