African Studies

Welcome

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.

Program Features

  • The African Studies minor is a very interdisciplinary program 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. It embraces international experience through its courses, and by hosting guest speakers and performers
  • The program encourages internships through the departments that contribute courses to the minor, and makes connections with the African immigrant community in the area.
  • Career opportunities include employment in government such as with the Peace Corps or Foreign Service, working with immigrant communities, international development agencies, or counseling services. Also, graduates with a background in African Studies can seek admission into graduate programs such as international relations, Peace Studies, Sociology/Anthropology and others.
  • The program currently draws courses from at least six different departments, with at least eight professors contributing courses, and that offers students opportunities to make connections among varied disciplines. Also, there are relatively few liberal arts colleges and big universities in the country that have specifically an African Studies major or minor.