African Studies Minor

The Minor in African Studies offers an interdisciplinary program enabling students to develop a general knowledge of the region. The Minor requires a minimum of 15 credits, with grades of C or better in every course. In addition, there is a language requirement.

African (AFRI) Studies Minor Plan of Study 2022-2023

Course Requirements

Students must complete coursework from several disciplines: at least two from the approved list of courses in the Social Sciences, at least one from the approved list of Humanities.  The remaining two courses can be chosen from the Humanities or Social Sciences course lists, or from a third list of other approved courses.

Two courses from among  the following courses in the Social Sciences:

  • Anthropology 3025 Contemporary Africa
  • History 2753 History of Modern Africa
  • Political Science 3252 Politics in Africa 

One course from among  the following courses in the Humanities:

  • Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies 3201 Comparative Literature: African Literature
  • English 3318 Literature and Culture of the Third World: African Literature
  • French 3218 Francophone Studies

Six more credits in  courses on the lists of courses meeting the Social Sciences and Humanities requirements and/or the following courses:

  • African Studies 3293 Foreign Study
  • African Studies 3995 Special Topics in African Studies
  • African Studies 3999 Independent Study
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics 4305 The Role of Agriculture in Economic Development
  • Anthropology 3512 African Prehistory
  • Art History 3760 African Art
  • Economics 3473 Economic Development
  • History 3752 History of Pre-Colonial Africa
  • Political Science 3255  Politics of South Africa

Language Requirement

Intermediate proficiency in an approved language other than English is required, completed through four semesters of a college-level language sequence or by examination. This language will be either the official language of an African country, e.g. Arabic, French, Portuguese, Swahili, or another widely used African language.


It is important to meet with an advisor to discuss if an African Studies Minor is the most feasible way to pursue your interests. Make an appointment with Shawn Salvant on Nexus.