African Studies, Minor

Program Code: AFRST_UMNR

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
AFR 1103
AFR 191Early African History Keystone/General Education Course3
AFR 192Modern African History Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits (including 6 credits of AFR courses at the 400 level) of the following:9
African Biodiversity and Conservation Keystone/General Education Course
Women, Gender, and Feminisms in Africa Keystone/General Education Course
Poverty in Africa Keystone/General Education Course
South Africa Today
African Studies Methodologies
War and Development in Africa
Globalization and Its Implications
Ethnic Conflict in Africa
Government and Politics of Africa
Culture and World Politics
Extractive Industries in Africa
Independent Studies
Foreign Studies
Introduction to African Literatures Keystone/General Education Course
African Drama
African Novel
Economic Growth and the Challenge of World Poverty
Migration and Development
African Literature of French Expression
Geographic Perspectives on Global Urbanization
African Resources and Development
Global Political Economy

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


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Liberal Arts Academic Advising
Use the Liberal Arts Majors and Minors web page to see the contact information for the specific adviser(s) of this program

Career Paths

Students with Liberal Arts degrees and minors in African Studies have found careers in a wide array of fields. These include US government, international business firms, international think tanks, and other governmental and non-governmental organizations that operate in a wide array of activities in Africa including primary and secondary education, the arts, religion, drought mitigation, wildlife management, and community development. Some students continue on to Graduate School, so our program also aims to help train graduate students, who will have a comparative advantage for African Studies-related employment in academia, bilateral and multilateral agencies.



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