UC Berkeley Academic Offerings in African Studies
Coursework and degrees focused on African Studies are available at Berkeley through many disciplinary departments.
Each semester, the Center compiles a list of African related courses taught on the Berkeley campus. Graduate students may also take courses for credit at Stanford University by participating in the Stanford-Berkeley Exchange Program.
These degree program are of particular interest at the bachelors level.
- The Global Studies Program in which students can choose Africa as their geographic region within the major or minor. The Global Studies major incorporates the former Development Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies majors.
- The Blum Center minor in Global Poverty and Practice.
- The major and minor in the Department of African American Studies.
Students pursuing an M.A. or a Ph.D. can, in most departments, declare Africa as a geographic area of study. In addition, there are five graduate programs of specific interest.
- The African Diaspora Studies Ph.D. Program in the Department of African American Studies. Contact the Department at (510) 642-7084 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Global Studies Masters, a one-year degree program. Contact Dreux Montgomery.
- The School of Public Health offers a Masters program in Global Health and Environment. Contact the Environmental Health Sciences (510) 643-5160 or email@example.com.
- Partnered with GlobalMD, UC Berkeley offers a Masters program in Development Practice. For information on admissions and academics, visit the Contact Page.
- Students in Development Engineering, either the 3-semester Master's Program or the Designated Emphasis for Doctoral Students, may choose to focus their work in African countries.
Students wishing admission to UC Berkeley must be admitted to a degree granting department, school, or program. For graduate school information, contact the U. C. Berkeley Graduate Division. For Undergraduate admissions, contact the U.C. Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Admissions. General admission information is available on the main Berkeley home page. Foreign students may find further assistance at Berkeley International Office.
Students wishing to study at UC Berkeley must be admitted to a degree granting department, school, or program. For graduate school information, contact the UC Berkeley Graduate Division. For undergraduate admissions, contact the UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Admissions. General admission information is available on the main Berkeley home page. Foreign students may find further assistance at Berkeley International Office.
Options for Non-UC Berkeley students
It is possible for students from other UC campuses, California State Universities, California community colleges and select other higher education institutions to enroll in Berkeley courses under certain circumstances. There are also established exchange programs with select institutions. Concurrent enrollment is also an option. For more information see: https://registrar.berkeley.edu/registration/visitor-and-exchange-programs.
A Member of the Greater Community can take a regular UC Berkeley Course.
Through UC Extension, it is possible for a member of the community to take a regular UC Berkeley course under concurrent enrollment. To be accepted in a concurrent course you must meet all prerequisites for the course you choose and obtain the consent of the instructor, the head of the campus department, and, in some cases, the dean of the department's school or college. You must meet all course requirements, which may mean showing transcripts from previous studies. You must enroll for credit. Records of your study are maintained by Extensions's Registrar. Foreign students will need an I-20 Visa and will need to show a TOEFL score. Contact UC Extension at (510) 642-4111 and ask for concurrent enrollment materials. For more information on Concurrent Enrollment, visit this site: https://extension.berkeley.edu/static/studentservices/concurrent/