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For centuries, multiple networks and the circulation of people and goods across the maritime waters of the Indian Ocean had linked diverse spaces and communities in Africa and Asia. The cross-pollination of cultural ideas is still visible through built spaces, languages, literary works, performances, spiritual cultures, and in many everyday practices. Today many African and Asian countries are mobilizing the history of these exchanges to forge lasting partnerships through economic, educational, environmental, digital, infrastructural, and healthcare projects. This 12-credit certificate in “Africa-Asia Studies” will enable students to gain an integrated and grounded understanding of the past, present, and possible futures for African-Asian exchanges through a range of courses in humanities and social sciences. Students will learn the history of this South-South relationship and how it gained new solidarities in the postcolonial phase after the Bandung Conference in 1955. Students will study how Africa-Asia alliance redefines globalization, global networks, political capital, and also cultural connections. This certificate will also include an optional study abroad opportunity in Africa or Asia.
To earn an undergraduate certificate in Africa-Asia Studies, a minimum of 12 credits is required.
|AFR 105||African Biodiversity and Conservation||3|
|or AFR 110N||Introduction to Contemporary Africa|
|ASIA 100||What is Asia?||3|
|or ASIA 100Z||What is Asia? - LINKED|
|Select 6 credits from the following:||6|
|Early African History|
|Modern African History|
|Women, Gender, and Feminisms in Africa|
|African Studies Methodologies|
|Ethnic Conflict in Africa|
|Government and Politics of Africa|
|Extractive Industries in Africa|
|Ethnographic Field Methods|
|Introduction to the Religions of the East|
|South Asia: A Literary History|
|South Asia since 1500|
|Technology & Society in Modern Asia|
|The Making and Emergence of Modern India|
- As per University policy, all credit courses for a certificate require a grade of "C" or higher and at least two-thirds (2/3) of the credits used to complete a certificate must be earned at Penn State. If a student is completing multiple certificates in African Studies, no more than one (1) course may double-count for each.
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