African Studies

The African Studies minor is designed to offer students an opportunity to study about the African continent and its peoples through varied courses across the curriculum. The wealth and the diversity of cultures and experiences of African peoples and nations is the focus of these courses. In taking these courses with a focus on Africa, students are encouraged to critically examine the connections between African phenomena and the heritage that was carried over to the African diaspora in the Americas and other parts of the world. As a program that embraces international experience, it also encourages students to take advantage of opportunities that the college offers to study abroad in an African country.

African Studies is an interdisciplinary field that engages the historical, political, social, economic, and cultural experiences of Africans and peoples of African descent, as well as the aesthetic dimensions of these experiences through their art and literature. In that, the program enhances the educational development of students and enables them to develop an appreciation for the contributions that Africans have made to world history and civilization.

Name Title Phone Web
Paschal Kyoore Professor of French, Director of African Studies Program   507-933-6078 and 507-779-2514  Web
Philip Bryant Professor of English  507-933-7393  Web
Lencho Bati Adjunct Professor of Geography  507-933-6084  
Gregory Kaster Professor of History  507-933-7431  Web
Kathleen Keller Associate Professor of History    
Mimi Gerstbauer Associate Professor of Political Science  507-933-7421  
Patrick Giesler Associate Professor of Sociology/Anthropology  507-933-7430  
Annika Ericksen Assitant Professor of Sociology/Anthropology  507-933-7428