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Adjunct Major In African Studies, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Adjunct Major In African Studies program of Northwestern University is providing students with the opportunity to gain skills in cross-cultural understanding and challenges students by drawing on innovative scholarship across departments and schools while offering a sustained engagement with the African past, present and future. 
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The Adjunct Major In African Studies program of Northwestern University is structured to serve two broad aims. First, students are exposed to the geographical and disciplinary breadth of African Studies. To that end, all students are required to take a minimum number of 200-level core courses in African history, anthropology, literature, and/or politics, and seven elective courses distributed among an array of disciplines. Second, students are required to engage in an in-depth research practicum experience, the product of which they will develop in a capstone senior research seminar.

Why African Studies at Northwestern?

  • African Studies is an interdisciplinary program that gives students the flexibility to choose from a broad range of courses in over 11 different academic departments.
  • Here at Northwestern, we have the oldest African Studies program in the country.
  • Northwestern has the largest Africana collection in existence at the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies.
  • African Studies allows students to learn about new cultures and languages and gain a broader global mindset.
  • There are numerous study abroad opportunities for travel to sub-Saharan Africa or North Africa.
  • Choose African Studies as a major or minor.
  • Engage in discussion with classmates and explore specific areas of interest in Afrilogue, an undergraduate student group.
  • Enhance your knowledge of African history and current events by attending weekly Wednesday lunch lectures and special events.

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: 

  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Political Science
  • African Studies

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores†
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores‡ (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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