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African Cultural Studies

University of Wisconsin Madison

24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
Tuition fee
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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 through the African Cultural Studies program at the University of Wisconsin Madison.


The Department of African Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison is the only one of its kind in the United States. It offers curricula leading to both the master of arts degree through the African Cultural Studies program and the doctor of philosophy degree. Its students come from all over the world, including many African countries.

Learning outcomes

  • Recognize canonical authors and texts, historical forms, genres, and structures, and recognize aesthetic and cultural concerns in Africa and its diasporas.
  • Develop in-depth knowledge in a sub-field of specialization within African cultural studies.
  • Demonstrate their understanding of major theories, approaches, concepts, and current and classical research findings in African and diaspora literary and cultural studies.
  • Develop a level of proficiency in the different “ways of knowing” Africa and the diaspora through language, literatures, and cultures.
  • Understand their own learning processes and possess the capacity to intentionally seek, evaluate, and learn from information, and recognize and reduce bias in their thinking.
  • Effectively retrieve and comprehend primary sources in English and African languages, and secondary sources from a range of disciplines.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Africa on the Global Stage
  • African Literature
  • African Cultural Studies
  • African Languages
  • The African Storyteller
  • The African Autobiography
  • Reading and Writing African Cultural Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution
  • University Transcripts
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores.
  • Purpose Statement
  • CV or Résumé
  • Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12220 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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