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Humanities & Culture

African Studies Program

Dr. Afua Cooper is not only a scholar, historian, poet, and social and cultural commentator, she's also an African Studies grad.

Afua Cooper (Ph.D, African Canadian History) has expertise which includes slavery, abolition, and freedom, especially for the 18th and 19th centuries, gender studies, Black education, and Black literatures. Her work having been published and award-winning, she is an accomplished writer. As the Johnston Chair in Canadian Black Studies at Dalhousie University, Dr. Cooper has engaged in research, teaching, and publication on Black Canada. Read more about Afua here.


What do employers value about African Studies Program graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 92% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $43,698/year upon entering the workforce. 60% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto African Studies Alumni most frequently apply their research skills and global perspective in these industries:

  • education
  • research
  • media and communication
  • community and social services
  • consulting
  • program and project management
  • operations
  • entrepreneurship
  • administrative
  • healthcare services

graduate or professional school

An African Studies degree equips students with the critical thinking and analysis skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in

  • African studies
  • Humanities
  • Anthropology
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • International and Public Affairs
  • Educations
  • Business
  • Communications
  • International Development
  • History
  • Political Science

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options.

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience.

Attend a Career Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills, and plan for your career or further education. Visit for more information.

Connect with Alumni

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.    

Explore Your Options

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career.

Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline.