African Studies

African studies is the study of Africa, especially the continent's cultures and societies (as opposed to its geology, geography, zoology, etc.). The field includes the study of Africa's history (Pre-colonial, colonial, post-colonial), demography (ethnic groups), culture, politics, economy, languages, and religion (Islam, Christianity, traditional religions). A specialist in African studies is often referred to as an "Africanist". A key focus of the discipline is to interrogate epistemological approaches, theories and methods in traditional disciplines using a critical lens that inserts African-centred ways of knowing and references.

For Africanists, also known as communitarians, problems within Africa are thought to be caused because the real flesh-and-blood communities that comprise Africa are marginalized from public life as so many "tribes". Therefore, the solution is understood to be the need to defend culture and put Africa's age-old communities at the center of African politics. It is also argued that there is a need to "deexoticize" Africa and banalise it, rather than understand Africa as exceptionalized and exoticized.

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Matching African Studies Colleges

University of Kansas
Four or more years; Public; $25,586 average out-state tuition; $9,818 average in-state tuition
Brown University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $52,231 average out-state tuition; $52,231 average in-state tuition
Barnard College
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $50,882 average out-state tuition; $50,882 average in-state tuition
Bowdoin College
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $51,344 average out-state tuition; $51,344 average in-state tuition
Stanford University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $48,987 average out-state tuition; $48,987 average in-state tuition
Howard University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $24,122 average out-state tuition; $24,122 average in-state tuition
Ohio University-Main Campus
Four or more years; Public; $21,360 average out-state tuition; $11,896 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for African Studies Majors

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Wollitzer Merit Scholarship for Area or Competitive Studies

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

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Wollitzer Merit Scholarship for Area or Competitive Studies

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

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Myrna Lee Sprengler Memorial Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Myrna Lee Sprengler Memorial Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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William and Effa McMeans Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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William and Effa McMeans Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Sven Peterson Memorial Scholarship - UCSD

University of California, San Diego

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Sven Peterson Memorial Scholarship - UCSD

University of California, San Diego

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Arts and Science Alumni Affiliate Scholarship - Oakland University

Oakland University

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Arts and Science Alumni Affiliate Scholarship - Oakland University

Oakland University

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SJSU Alumni Association Scholarship

San Jose State University, College of Social Sciences

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SJSU Alumni Association Scholarship

San Jose State University, College of Social Sciences

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Humanities & Social Sciences Tiger Athletic Foundation Scholarship

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, College of Arts and Science

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Humanities & Social Sciences Tiger Athletic Foundation Scholarship

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, College of Arts and Science

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Ernest R. Johnson Memorial Prize

University of Iowa

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Ernest R. Johnson Memorial Prize

University of Iowa

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Catherine F. Vuozzo Scholarship

University of Maryland, College Park - College of Arts and Humanities

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Catherine F. Vuozzo Scholarship

University of Maryland, College Park - College of Arts and Humanities

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Broward Leadership Scholarship

Nova Southeastern University

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Broward Leadership Scholarship

Nova Southeastern University

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