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African History Studies

African Studies Honours at UJ offers you the chance to broaden your understanding of the key issues facing the continent historically and today. This is an interdisciplinary degree incorporating subjects from the following departments: Anthropology and Development Studies, History, Politics and International Relations, Religion Studies, and Sociology. Craft your own programme. Chose from African History, International Political Economy, Theory and Practice of African Diplomacy, Pan-African Thought and Leadership, Contemporary Issues in Christianity, and Political Sociology or a range of other subjects, while interacting with your peers in a purpose-made module, Introduction to African Studies, taught by leading scholars from South Africa and the continent. This programme is ideal for students transitioning into UJ from other universities or from the rest of the continent. It is offered in hybrid form, partially online and f2f.

The Department of History coordinates and organises the faculty’s postgraduate honours programme in African Studies. Applications are currently open for 2021. Interested students should apply online through the UJ application portal, lising African Studies. Please note that those interested should also email a letter of motivation (500 words) and a writing sample (a piece of work from third year) to the project co-ordinator, Prof Natasha Erlank:


Programme code: H7051Q

Admission requirements

SAQA ID: 73717 NQF level: 8 Credits: 120

A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 65% in one of the following subjects as a major subject is a prerequisite: Anthropology, Historical Studies, Development Studies, Politics, Religion, or Sociology. In exceptional circumstances, and with the permission of all HODs involved, a student who does r.ot ordinarily qualify for admission may be admitted to the programme.

Five modules must be taken. Module 1 and Module 2 are compulsory. The choice of a research essay (Module 2) will influence the choice of module 1. The modules are not necessarily all offered every year.