Programs

Undergraduate Program

Prof. Jean Comaroff
Greetings from the Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Department of African and African American Studies brings together scholars and scholarship from many disciplines to explore the histories, societies, and cultures of African and African-descended people. The field of African and African American Studies is not only interdisciplinary but also comparative and cross-cultural.

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Graduate Program

Prof. Tommie Shelby

Greetings from the Director of Graduate Studies

The Department of African and African American Studies offers graduate programs in the fields of African American studies and of African Studies. The aim of the African American studies program is to combine an interdisciplinary training in African American cultural and social studies with a focus in a major disciplinary field, leading to the PhD in African American Studies. The aim of the African studies program is to offer rigorous interdisciplinary training in the humanities and the social sciences, with a focus in a disciplinary field, leading to the PhD in African Studies.

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African Language Program

John Mugane
Greetings from the Director of the African Language Program

The African Language Program in the Department of African and African American Studies offers instruction in more than ten languages every semester. African languages can be taken to fulfill the foreign language requirement for Harvard College.

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Social Engagement Initiative

Evelyn Higginbotham
About Social Engagement

Social Engagement is first and foremost a method of learning that foregrounds empirical, practical elements of real world issues that are of scholarly interest to our faculty and students.

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