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The mission of the Department of African Cultural Studies is to provide research and teaching in the languages and expressive cultures of Africa and Africans around the world. Our faculty specialize in literature, music, film, critical applied linguistics, drama, critical theory, diaspora studies, and new media.

The department is the only one of its kind in the United States. For those learning to conduct research in African expressive cultures, it offers curricula leading to both the master of arts degree and the doctor of philosophy degree.  Our students come from all over the world, including many African countries.


Graduate students interested in completing the minor in African Cultural Studies should contact the director of graduate studies.

All Graduate School students must utilize the Graduate Student Portal in MyUW to add, change, or discontinue any doctoral minor. To apply to this minor, log in to MyUW, click on Graduate Student Portal, and then click on Add/Change Programs. Select the information for the doctoral minor for which you are applying.


AFRICAN 700 Reading and Writing African Cultural Studies3
One graduate seminar3
Two electives chosen in consultation with the Department's Director of Graduate Studies6
Total Credits12

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better in courses taken for the minor.


Please visit the African Cultural Studies website for a complete list of faculty, instructional, and academic staff.