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.
A major or a minor in African Studies offers graduates career opportunities in areas such as psychology, education, human development, history, anthropology etc. Graduates with an African Studies background can find employment in government, international development agencies, human service especially in immigrant communities, counseling service, Foreign Service, and the Peace Corps, among others. Moreover, a major or a minor in African Studies helps to develop the whole person as it is the college’s mission to prepare graduates to be educated and well-informed citizens of the world. Africa is a continent that is often misrepresented and its people misunderstood. This program offers wonderful opportunities for students to develop their critical and analytical skills in assessing the perceptions, understandings, and misunderstandings of African peoples as well as their significant contributions to humankind. Graduates of the program will be in a better position to understand the complex experiences of Africans over space and time.