Africology and African American Studies PhD

Contribute to progressive research and make an impact in the community with the Doctor of Philosophy in Africology and African American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. The Africology and African American Studies PhD is the oldest African American Studies doctoral program in the U.S., and it is deeply committed to the Afrocentric exploration of academic experiences. 

Doctoral students are prepared to engage in a diverse range of intellectual issues that affect the lives of Africans on the continent and in the diaspora. Students are invited to explore topics such as the art, culture, economics, history and politics of Africans, African Americans and people of African descent. 

In addition to a robust curriculum, students pursue specialized research, often through teaching and/or research assistantships. While research is typically independent, students can work closely with faculty members. Africology and African American Studies PhD faculty are leaders in their field, and they are affiliated with leading organizations, including the

The department’s faculty also edits the Journal of Black Studies—the top peer-reviewed publication in the academic discipline, to which students have the opportunity to contribute. 

The individual research experience and specialized coursework afforded in the PhD program prepares students for careers in public and private sector areas, including arts and humanities, business, healthcare, and social services. Others continue their research or go on to teach at the collegiate level, inspiring future generations of thought leaders in the field of African American studies. 

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Africology and African American Studies Department

Temple’s Africology and African American Studies Department is one of the oldest of similar programs in the nation and was the first to offer a doctoral degree in the field. Emerging during the Black Power Movement, the program was created to serve as an academic platform from which students could combat racism, discrimination and oppression. 

Today, the Africology and African American Studies Department and Temple University remain as committed as ever to this mission. Temple is home to more African American students than any other university in the Northeast, and it’s this diversity and sense of global community that sets the university apart. 

Additionally, the department’s professors are recognized for their published work, and graduates continue to lead programs in African American studies across the nation. 

Academic Community 

Students in the Africology and African American Studies Department can

  • contribute to the Journal of Black Studies, the top peer-reviewed publication in the academic discipline; 
  • connect with local, national and international African communities;
  • learn from and research alongside highly esteemed faculty; and 
  • study abroad in Ghana. 

Program Format & Curriculum

Students have seven years to satisfy their requirements for the PhD program, which can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Classes take place on Temple’s Main Campus.

The 51-credit Africology and African American Studies PhD curriculum comprises core courses, elective courses, a language examination and a dissertation. 

Core courses include the following. 

  • African Civilizations
  • Ethnographic Methods
  • Seminar in African American Social Philosophy
  • The Afrocentric Paradigm
  • Theories and Methods in African American Studies

Learn more about Africology and African American Studies PhD program requirements.

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**Klein College of Media and Communication

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Doctor of Philosophy offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,053.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,449.00 per credit

Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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