What will I learn?

Gain experience by participating in research at the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African the grasslands of East Africa lie clues to the origins of humankind. West Africa reveals the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the rich and flourishing empires that were contemporary with medieval Europe. Societies in North Africa have been shaped by the westward spread of Islam. In the continent's mineral-rich centre are national boundaries born of colonialism. From civil war in the Congo to "truth and reconciliation" in post-apartheid South Africa, modern Africa poses challenges and opportunities worthy of serious study.

African Studies is concerned with issues of social, political, economic and cultural development from pre-colonial Africa to the present day. A degree in African Studies will offer you the challenge of personal and political insight, and it will encourage you to grow intellectually beyond the confines of traditional academic learning.

From inspiring political leadership to poverty, health and economic development and major challenges associated with it, you’ll discover why Africa is a continent of great historical and contemporary global importance. Pursue your individual interests in Africa through a series of courses that offer a variety of approaches to the area in a number of different disciplines.

Examine the African influence in the Americas through the rhythms of R&B, reggae and jazz. Study present-day Africa through the hard-hitting news media and through rigorous scholarship. From inspiring political leadership to poverty, economic development and major challenges to health, Africa is a continent of global importance.
The program has an active student organization: the York University Black Students Alliance (YUBSA). You have the opportunity to assist with such events as the All-Africa Students Conference attended by students, academics and diplomats from Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Stephenson Scholarship in African Studies is awarded annually to continuing undergraduate or graduate students pursuing an interest in African Studies at York.
Study with leading professors such as Paul Lovejoy, Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora.

Possible Career Paths

Diplomat, international development officer, policymaker, activist, program manager

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$32,416.00 (19,09,069) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

Start date

10 January 2022

Venue

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

4700 Keele Street,

S900 Ross Building,

TORONTO,

Ontario (ON),

M3J 1P3, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have: Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD); Six 4U/4M courses, including ENG4U, NBE4U or FRA4U. Accepted Language Tests and Scores: TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language iBT: 83; IELTS International English Language Testing Service (Academic Module): 6.5; Pearson PTE Academic: 60; Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): 60; Cambridge English Language Assessment (CAE, CPE): 176 from C1 Advanced; Duolingo: 115.

For international students

Students need to have: Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD); Six 4U/4M courses, including ENG4U, NBE4U or FRA4U. Students from other countries should have country specific requirements equivalent to Canada.

Accepted Language Tests and Scores

TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language iBT: 83

IELTS International English Language Testing Service (Academic Module): 6.5

Pearson PTE Academic: 60

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): 60

Cambridge English Language Assessment (CAE, CPE): 176 from C1 Advanced

Duolingo: 115

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