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Director, Professor James Webb
One of the culturally and ecologically richest areas in the world, Africa is a vast continent of 30 million square kilometers embracing 54 countries and 748 million people. With its history of global connections, its wealth of resources and people, and its creative energy, the continent’s future is linked to global currents. Some suggest that the 21st century will be the Century of Africa.
The African Studies Program offers a minor that is both flexible and interdisciplinary and can be combined with a wide range of majors. In particular, it supports and complements majors in anthropology, French studies, environmental policy, history, government, and international studies.
Students may complete all their requirements for the minor in English or, if they are students of French, may take several of their courses in French. For opportunities involving the independent study of other African languages, please see the director.
The minor is composed of six courses, including a research seminar in which a major piece of writing on an African subject will be produced. Foreign experience is an essential complement to traditional class work on campus, and all students are strongly encouraged to include study abroad on an approved academic program in Africa.
Requirements for the Minor in African Studies
Six courses, including: