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Welcome to the African Studies Program at the University of Washington

The African Studies Program (ASP) at the University of Washington is an interdisciplinary program, fostering a better understanding of the African continent and its diaspora. Bringing together faculty from every UW location (Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell), students are invited to take classes from a variety of disciplines. We offer a minor for undergraduate students. Click here to view the requirements for the minor and click here to see the course list for approved minor courses. We are very flexible in accepting credits towards the minor, encouraging students to engage in internships and study abroad programs that are associated with Africa.

We also foster an academic community for African graduate students and graduate students interested in Africa.  If you want to learn more about us please email

We welcome you to join our community and further your interest in Africa by connecting with others at the University of Washington that are committed to African areas of study.


Check our courses for Winter 2016 here!




 Dr. Maya Smith (Assistant Professor in French) on "Constructing Identity through Multilingual Practices: NYC and the Senegalese Cultural Imaginary". An event facilitated in collaboration with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. October 16 2015


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Dr. Samuel Clark (Sociology) and Dr.Clarissa Surek-Clark (Linguistics) on "Considerations about Verbal Autopsy" Nov 5th 2015



African Studies is not a Department and we do not accept doctoral students. However PhD students from any department on campus can work with African Studies faculty on their committee. Please, see our list of affiliated faculty which highlights those faculty who are endorsed to chair doctoral supervisory committees and serve as a graduate student representative (GSR) 


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African Studies Program
University of Washington
419 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

Ben Gardner / Chair
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell

Monica Rojas-Stewart
Assistant Director
206.616.0998 office
206.685.0668 fax

Harry Murphy
ASP Librarian