Jul 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

African Studies Minor

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Political Science and International Relations 
Director: Moses K. Tesi

The 18-hour interdisciplinary minor in African Studies offers students the opportunity for systematic and comprehensive study of African arts, cultures, economies, geography, history, literature, politics, and religions. It seeks to provide or enhance skills valuable in areas such as business, government, world affairs, media, education, and ecology. It will also offer students who are interested in pursuing further studies with the foundational tools necessary for graduate work in preparation for careers in university teaching, research, and international public policy. In this age of globalization, the minor in African Studies offers students the knowledge needed to better understand and relate to a part of the world that has contributed and continues to contribute much to world culture and civilization.

Students have an opportunity to choose a global track which requires them to participate in an approved study abroad experience for 3 to 12 credit hours. Please see program director for more information.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Interdisciplinary minors require the student to complete a minimum of 15 to 21 hours from a list of specific courses. Unless otherwise noted, a student may take no more than 6 hours of courses from a single department until he or she surpasses the required minimum number of hours necessary for completing the minor. Exceptions to this rule may be found within the discussions of several of the minors. In most cases, a student is also limited to just 3 hours of credit toward the minor in the same department or discipline in which he or she is taking a major. Students must fulfill all departmental prerequisites for any course within an interdisciplinary minor. In some cases, advisors may approve course substitutions within these program requirements.

Required Courses (9 hours)

Two of the following (6 hours)**:


*If taking two education abroad courses, two different countries must be selected.

** These courses could also be taken as electives.

Electives (9 hours)

Students must distribute coursework across three or more disciplines. A student may take no more than six (6) hours toward the minor in a single department. (Study Abroad programs or Special Topics courses dealing with Africa will not count toward this limit but will not exceed three (3) additional hours in a single discipline.) Students will take their remaining classes from among the following:

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