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African Studies and Government, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
New York City, NY, United States
The African Studies and Government program offered by St. Lawrence University enables students to construct a comprehensive knowledge of the -African continent and its peoples, including their extensive interaction with many other peoples and regions in the international community.
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Specialization in African studies is designed to foster knowledge about Africa through an organized plan of study; to promote understanding of the diversity of African people and societies; and to nurture the capacity for interdisciplinary problem-solving approaches to questions and for independent research. Issues addressed include the earliest biological and cultural origins of modern humanity, environmental change, economic growth with equity, development of participatory government and a strong civil society, the relationship between indigenous and non-African cultures, and African Diaspora studies. Background in African studies helps prepare students for graduate work in this interdisciplinary field or in international relations, for careers in government, international development and business, or for work in the Peace Corps and other service opportunities.

The African Studies and Government program at St. Lawrence University offers a multidisciplinary curriculum leading to a minor or a number of combined majors. St. Lawrence also maintains a semester study program in Kenya, and offers a component of study in Africa as part of the program in France, and courses in Swahili taught by Kenyan scholars.

African Studies Learning Goals

Students who have completed a minor and/or combined major in African Studies are expected to:

  • Confront and move beyond their preconceptions about Africa, Africans and people of African descent.
  • Develop a complex understanding of the diverse cultural, social, political, economic, and environmental spaces that constitute contemporary Africa.
  • Understand historical processes that have shaped contemporary Africa and the active role that Africans have played in these processes.
  • Recognize the participation of Africa in all significant global systems and respect African contributions to knowledge and creativity.
  • Develop the ability to use an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Africa.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to American Politics. 
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics. 
  • African Politics. 
  • Research Seminar. 
  • Political Institutions in the Developing World.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements


  • Common Application
  • $60 application fee or fee waiver
  • Official copy of your high school transcript
  • Official standardized exam scores (optional)
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic recommendations from teachers who have taught you in high school
  • Resume (optional)
  • SAT or ACT official test score report (or certified copy). 
  • Teacher recommendation letter
  • St. Lawrence University financial aid form (we do not require CSS or ISFAA)
  • St. Lawrence waives the application fee for all international students. Please indicate on the Common Application the fee waiver status when you submit your application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14580 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 58330 USD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    14580 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 58330 USD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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