Minor in African Studies

Starting 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 (cippolito6@gatech.edu).

Requirements:
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.

Fall 21 Courses:

Courses in English for fall 2021 include:
The only required course for the African Studies minor:
Introduction to Africa - 93974 - FREN 3420 - A, cross-listed with ARBC 3420 - Introduction to Africa / Introduction to Africa - PORT 3420 - A / SWAH 3420 - Introduction to Africa / WOLO 3420 - Introduction to Africa / Intro Cross-Cult Studies -93764 ML 2500F; this course on MW 5-6:15 pm, Instr Center 109
Fall 2021 focus will be on current issues, development, and relations with international partners, with attention to the very diverse African sub-regions (North, West, East, Central, South, Indian Ocean islands), and diasporas in the U.S. and elsewhere. No textbook, course materials on Canvas and/or online. Pre/Co-Requisites: none.

Electives in English for fall 2021 include 2 courses maximum from this list…
Understand Arab Culture - 93009 - ARBC 1501 - A (+ 91545 - ARBC 1501 - UA)
African-Amer Lit/Cult - 88157 - LMC 3208 - N
African-Amer Politics - 89538 - PUBP 3214 - OH

…and one course maximum from this list:
Special Topics - 91097 - ECON 4803 - TB (International Trade Theory and Policy)
Confl&Secur in DevCountr - 93878 - ECON 4415 - OS1
Intro to Global Develpmt - 85792 - INTA 2050 - A
Ethnicity American Cult - 93689 - LMC 3210 - N

Electives in other African Languages for fall 2021 include:
All Elementary and Intermediate Arabic Courses and Advanced Arabic I - 91550 - ARBC 3001 - A
All Elementary and Intermediate French Courses and these two advanced courses: Francophone Lit I - 93755 - FREN 4101 - A, Francophone Cinema - 93753 - FREN 4105 - A
All Elementary and Intermediate Portuguese Courses and Heritage Portuguese II - 93737 - PORT 2501 - UA, Elementary Swahili I - 92027 - SWAH 1001 - UA, Elementary Wolof I - 93752 - WOLO 1001 - A
 

Featured for this Fall 2021:
Francophone Cinema
- 93753 - FREN 4105 - A (MW 3:30 - 4:45 PM, Swann 106; given every two years, next time: fall 2023): Fall 2021 main focus will be on Africa. Special attention to current issues and contemporary societies. All films subtitled in English and freely available on Canvas. No textbook, course materials on Canvas and/or online. Pre/Co-Requisites: none.