The African Studies Program focuses on governance, society, development and security in contemporary Africa. The curriculum draws on comparative approaches and broad contextual knowledge in covering this dynamic region.
SAIS graduates are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage.
“Africa is a continent on the move: One billion people in 54 countries with enormous diversity and resilience. Emerging from a legacy of poverty, authoritarian rule and insecurity, many countries in recent years have seen economic growth, democratic reforms and the resolution of conflict. The African Studies Program focuses on Africa’s continuing challenges of development, the prospects for governance and the continent’s changing position in the global system.”Peter M. Lewis, -African Studies
African Studies students regularly receive internships in the United States and Africa. These encompass a range of organizations in government, nongovernmental institutions and the private sector. Students have had access to overseas internships in Benin, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Niger Republic, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
On an occasional basis, the program offers study trips to students during intersession and summer periods. Recent trips have included South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, and China.
Events and Conferences
The African Studies Program sponsors a weekly seminar series and annual conferences covering a wide range of topics on Africa.