African Studies (Ph.D.) | Graduate
Drawing from discourses across multiple disciplines, our program deepens scholarly inquiry about Africa and African-descended people on the African continent, in the U.S., and across the Diaspora, examining issues across historical, sociocultural, political, institutional, transnational, and economic contexts. We prepare graduates for diverse academic and research careers.
The Ph.D. in African Studies at Howard's Graduate School promotes rigorous interdisciplinary scholarship on critical issues pertaining to African-descended people on the African continent, in the United States, and across the Diaspora. The Ph.D. program in African Studies prepares students for academic careers in a wide range of fields, including but not limited to public policy and advocacy, public administration, cultural studies, communications, international development, international business, education, history, religious studies, transatlantic studies, and sociology. The program also prepares students for careers in research-related fields in the private, public, or non-profit sectors demanding specialized knowledge of the African diaspora. Drawing from discourses across multiple disciplines, the Ph.D. program in African Studies emphasizes critical theoretical frameworks and mixed methodological approaches that deepen scholarly inquiry about Africa and African-descended people across historical, sociocultural, political, transnational, and economic contexts. As a doctoral student in African Studies, you may choose from three distinct fields of specialization: Development and public policy; Africa in world affairs; and language, literature, and the arts. You'll benefit from Howard’s premier location in Washington, D.C., where you can access a large network of top-ranked and nationally recognized consulting firms, research institutions, foundations, and multilateral nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations shaping the future of Africa. Our graduate faculty are engaged in cross-cutting research on Africa across disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
❱ 48 credit hours
❱ On-campus format
❱ Degree: Ph.D.
Spring 2024 entry:
❱ Nov. 1, 2023 (final deadline)
Fall 2024 entry:
❱ Dec. 1, 2023 (early deadline)
❱ Feb. 15, 2024 (priority deadline)
❱ Apr. 15, 2024 (final deadline)
Applicants should submit their applications as early as possible for earlier consideration of departmental funding opportunities. Applicants have until the final deadline to apply. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the admissions cycle.