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Central African women inspecting building for microfinance project

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African Textile Pattern

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This is africa

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Harari Woman, Ethiopia

African Studies

About African Studies M.A. Program

The intellectual objective of the African Studies M.A. Program is to provide graduate students an opportunity to engage in intensive study and research on Africa on an interdisciplinary basis. The program offers African Area courses in a wide range of disciplines, including the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and some professional fields. A concurrent degree program is also offered where students can work for the M.A. in African Studies and the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) at the same time.

Academic flexibility draws many students to the program. Because there are more than 50 faculty members with African interest and experience in approximately 30 disciplines, students have multiple options to design individual programs suited to their specific interests.

According to a recent survey, 50% of the program graduates continue studying at the post-graduate level, about 20% are employed in higher education, and a significant percentage work in international or foreign organizations in numerous countries.

During their time spent completing this program, students will also have the opportunity to present their work at the Annual International Institute Graduate Student Conference. With a transnational and interdisciplinary focus, African Studies M.A. students are provided a unique experience and a specially tailored forum in which to engage experts on their research.

Graduate Students

MA '17

I am interested in studying the post-colonial history of Eritrea and gaining an understanding of the nation’s past and present political stances in the region. Also, I’m interested in the...

MA '17

My research interests include environmental health and environmental policy in East Africa, food & water security, and ecological anthropology.

BA '14, MA '17

Ufahamu co-editor, co-chair African Activist Association, Research Assistant (Mike Lofchie), Outreach Cordinator Policy Professionals for Diversity and Equity, Peer Mentor at Center for Community College Partnership (AAP)

BA '14, MA '17

I am pursuing the dual Master's degree program in both African Studies and Public Health.

I am interested in HIV prevention, voluntary medical male circumcision as an HIV reduction strategy...

MA '17

I am interested in African ways of knowing and epistemologies. I am also interested in power dynamics and women and gender studies.

MA '17

At UCLA, I hope to challenge myself, meet new people, learn new ideas and grow as an individual and future leader. My research interest today continues with the African/African diaspora...

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