Program Description


By the sophomore year, a student should choose an African Studies minor advisor to guide him or her in planning the choice of courses to fulfill the requirements for the program.

Six courses that include the following:

1. Required course: AFS 190 Introduction to Africa
[The course has been proposed by Paschal Kyoore who will be teaching it, and it has already been approved by the Curriculum Committee. Bob Douglas and Lencho Bati will also teach it at some point.]

2. Electives: Five courses from the following list of courses. The choice of courses should reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the program. There are two categories of courses: Core Courses and Complementary Courses. Core Courses focus entirely on Africa. For the Complementary Courses, at least half of the content focuses on Africa. As a requirement, students must take three courses from those listed as Core Courses, and two courses from those listed as Complementary Courses. Interim January Term Experience courses taught on campus or in an African country that focus entirely on Africa will count as Core Courses.

To determine how many credits are transferable, the Director of the program will assess the content of the courses taken abroad. However, no more than three courses may be accepted as transfer credits from a study-abroad program in Africa. Also, special topic courses that are occasionally taught and that focus entirely on Africa can count toward the minor.

3. No more than four level 100 courses can count toward the minor.

4. Students must earn a grade of C or better in a course in order to receive credit toward the African Studies minor.



AFS 350 Africa Through Cinema: Myth and Reality
[This course will be taught in English. The preparation of this course is in progress, and the proposal will be submitted to the Curriculum Committee during the fall semester of 2011. It will focus on the image of Africa as represented in films produced by Africans: discussing themes such as nation building, gender roles, conflict resolution, and acculturation. The course is being proposed by Paschal Kyoore, but Anne-Marie Gronhovd will also teach it]

English 101 Reading in the World
[English 101 is the Department’s General Education course and faculty are free to design it in any way they choose. This course will be taught by Elizabeth Baer. It will focus entirely on Africa and will be entitled “African Literature and Film”. The Department has approved her teaching it every other fall].

French 364 Francophone African /Caribbean Literatures and Cultures

French 367 Le Maghreb

GEG 235 Sub-Saharan Africa

HIS 150 Modern Africa

S/A 258 African Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean

GWS 264 African Women: Tradition and Modernity



ENG 130 Introduction to World Literature
[This course gives students a wide-ranging introduction to the literatures of Africa, Latin America, and/or the Middle East. Elizabeth Baer is the only faculty member who teaches this course at this time, and the content of the course is 50% African]

ENG 281 Postcolonial Literatures in English
[This course is a broad survey of what has come to be called “Postcolonial literature”, i.e. literature written in English by peoples who have been dominated by the British Empire and marginalized by cultural imperialism, ethnocentrism, and racism. Elizabeth Baer is the only faculty member who teaches this course at this time, and the content of the course is 50% African]

GEG 102 World Regional Geography
[A substantial part of the course is devoted to the Horn of Africa, and the inter-relationships of Africa and the world]

HIS 201 Modern European Imperialism
[This course takes a comparative approach to imperialism. Half of the time, if not more, is spent focusing on various topics in African history including the “scramble” for Africa, Belgian atrocities in Congo, colonial administrations, and independence movements. Students use case studies from North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa to study impact of colonialism on themes such as medicine, architecture, education, urban space, gender roles, economy, and religion]

POL 250 The Politics of Developing Nations
The course deals with multiple issues of developing countries, with a focus on political development. Increasingly, the course has focused on economics and politics in Africa, as the highest percentages of the poorest live in African nations. In the past four years, two different texts have been used that focus on Africa. Consistently, about half of the student research projects (which form the case studies for the class) are on African nations].

S/A 259 The Anthropology of Religion
[While the focus of this course is on religion and anthropological approaches to it, three of the five books and diverse articles studied are devoted to either African religions and their relationship to African societies and cultures (two books and several articles) or to African religions in Brazil (one book and several articles). Thus, more than half of the course revolves around African religions]