Started Fall 2021!
The Schools of Modern Languages, Economics, International Affairs, Literature, Media and Communications, and Public Policy, offer a minor in African Studies. This interdisciplinary minor connects studies of all African regions and countries (North, West, Central, East, South)—their languages, their cultures, and their peoples, both concurrently in their national and international relationships as well as longitudinally over the course of history. This minor is designed for undergraduates who will enter a wide range of careers that can lead directly or indirectly to interactions with the people, the social organizations and businesses, and governments of Africa, both abroad and in the U.S.
For further information please email the minor’s advisor, Dr. Chris Ippolito (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Total Credit Hours - 15
1) One (1) required course (3 cr.): ARBC/FREN… 3420 Intro to Africa (in English), cross-listed w/ Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, & ML 2500 Intro Cross-Cult Studies.
2) 4 elective courses (12 cr.): 0 to 6 credits of lower-level courses and 6 to 12 credits of upper-level courses. All courses taken on a letter-grade basis; C minimum to be received in each course.
2.A) Courses in Foreign Languages: at least 2 (6 cr.) in the same target language (1000-level or above); up to 4 in 2 languages maximum.
Among them: ARBC 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002, 3001, 3002, 3005 Contemporary Arab Culture, 3691, 3692-93 Arabic for Business and Technology I & II; FREN 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002, 4064 Sustainability & Development in the Francophone World, 4101-02 Literature of the Francophone World I & II, 4103 Francophone Africa, 4105 Francophone Cinema, 4107 African Diasporas in France; PORT 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002, 1501/2501 (Heritage Portuguese I & II); SWAH 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002; WOLO 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002.
2.B) Courses in English: up to 2 (6 cr.) on topics related to African, African-American and other African diaspora.
Among them: ARBC 1501 Understanding Arab Culture, 2301 Arabic Arts, Science and Technology Through History, 3501 Men-Women in Islam; INTA 3240 Government and Politics of Africa; LMC 3208 African American Literature and Culture; PUBP 3214 African American Politics
…incl. 1 max. (3 cr.) on topics/skills essential to understanding/working in Africa.
Among them: ECON 4803 International Trade Theory and Policy, 4411 Economic Development, 4415 Conflict and Security in Developing Countries, INTA 2050 Intro to Global Development, 4241 Political Economy of Development, LMC 3210 Ethnicity in American Culture, 3257 + 3257R Global Cinema, 3306 Science, Technology, and Race, PUPB 3520 Globalization and Policy; other courses may be approved by the African Studies minor’s advisor Chris Ippolito or the ADUS/DUS in Modern Languages.
Featured Spring 2022 Courses:
1. Courses in English
Introduction to Africa - 32769 - ARBC 3420 - A cross-listed with Introduction to Africa - 32772 - FREN 3420 - A, Intro Cross-Cult Studies - 32120 - ML 2500 - B, Introduction to Africa - 32774 - PORT 3420 - A, Introduction to Africa - 32775 - SWAH 3420 - A, Introduction to Africa - 32776 - WOLO 3420 - A: This interdisciplinary course will use a variety of approaches to study significant aspects of contemporary Africa’s societies, cultures, and representations. Taught in English. MW 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm, Clough 102.
2. Courses in Foreign Languages
All Elementary and Intermediate Arabic Courses
All Elementary and Intermediate French Courses
All Elementary and Intermediate Portuguese Courses
All Elementary and Intermediate Swahili Courses
All Elementary and Intermediate Wolof Courses