Department of History

African History

The African history field at Indiana University presents the aspiring Africanist scholar with a rich educational environment. African history faculty members offer a diverse set of courses, with broad geographic and thematic coverage, and participate actively in the History Department’s thematic specializations in African Diaspora, Cultural History and Gender and Sexuality.

As an additional source for students studying African History, IU has a vibrant Title VI African Studies Program. African Studies faculty offer relevant courses in a range of arts, humanities and social science disciplines. The ASP language offerings also are extensive. For graduate students, the ASP offers Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships for the study of African languages and organizes interdisciplinary seminars and conferences. For undergraduate students, the ASP awards both an African Studies certificate and a B.A. minor in African languages. The Wells Library holds one of the largest African Studies collections in the United States.

IU African history graduate students work on a broad range of topics. Their research has repeatedly won national and university fellowships and grants; many students go on to find work in both the academic and policy worlds.

Affiliated Faculty

For information on our Graduate program requirements and guidelines see the “Guide to Graduate Study in History”, “Graduate School Bulletin” and the “Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Guidelines”.