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African Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #18 (WUR) Toronto, Canada
The African Studies program of University of Toronto examines the dynamics, challenges and processes of socio-economic, environmental and political transformations in Africa, the varied histories, societies, ideas, institutions of Africa and its diasporas through interdisciplinary lenses.
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The African Studies program of University of Toronto offers interdisciplinary courses, through innovative and critical pedagogies deal with cutting edge subjects such as political economy, African inventions, development, aid, humanitarianism, NGOs, conflict and peacemaking, activism and political struggles, politics, African cultures, migration and displacement, gender and development, environment, health, black freedom, urbanization, African systems of thought, the slave trade, colonialism, the post-colonial state, Africa and its diaspora, Pan-Africanism, and globalization. Innovative pedagogies nurturing students’ intellectual curiosity, cultivating engaged, creative and critical thinking and teaching cutting edge courses that recognize Africa as a living place rather than merely as a site for intellectual speculation and study inform our teaching. 

The program also offers practical courses in African languages. Additional cross-listed courses, drawn from disciplines in humanities, social sciences and sciences complement the program offerings.

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 African Studies
  • The Canadian Census: Populations, Migrations and Demographics
  • Advanced Topics in African Studies
  • Introductory Swahili
  • Intermediate Swahili

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma: Grade 12 English plus five additional 4U/M courses.
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OUAC Admission Code

TAH (Humanities), TAX (Social Sciences)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    53290 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53290 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6100 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6100 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Toronto

  • 1502 - 2570 CAD/month
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