The African Studies Program (ASP), a constituent program of the University of Iowa International Programs, was established in 1979 to promote the interdisciplinary study of Africa at The University of Iowa. It helps students gain a broader understanding of African history and contemporary life in Africa and provides an environment of cooperation and collaboration among students and faculty that leads to increased opportunities for research and teaching.

Academic Programs

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at The University of Iowa offers an International Studies B.A., an interdisciplinary program, which allows students to choose a geographic or thematic area as the focus of their studies. Students interested in concentrating on African Studies are encouraged to consider an International Studies major with an emphasis in African Studies.

Contact us

Cory Gundlach

Director, African Studies Program
Curator of African Arts, Stanley Museum of Art

Featured Resource

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The African Studies Subject Guide is a starting point for information on sub-Saharan Africa. Students and faculty will find links to primary and secondary resources specific to Africa, as well as broader databases with significant relevant content. The guide is maintained by the UI Libraries' librarian for African studies, Lisa Gardinier.

The guide provides convenient access to a wide range of resources which are useful to undergraduate as well as graduate students. They include the comprehensive portal "Africa South of Sahara," the accessible introductions to many topics found in the "Oxford Research Encyclopedia for African History," and a wealth of full-text versions of classic African novels from the "African Writers Series."