What is the African Studies Minor?
The African Studies Minor is a multidisciplinary program in African history,
politics, economics and cultures, designed
to provide students with a broad understanding of the issues facing African
communities, societies, and nation-states in the past as well as the present.. Through this
arrangement, courses from each Department and Program are
incorporated into the African Studies Minor, which offers different
disciplinary bases for the examination and analysis of African contributions to
world civilizations. It enables students to integrate and apply
knowledge in the evolution of African societies from being the
cradle of humanity to providing labor for the use of other
civilizations and through colonial and post-colonial linkages,
technological expansion and economic liberalization.
Students will examine African accomplishments, mores, traditions, cultures and
civilizations to finish the minor with a greater degree of understanding of, and
tolerance for, cultural differences and ethnic pluralism as well as the problems
inherent in the process of social change in Africa and the African Diaspora.
Students who select this minor are presented with different disciplinary and
interdisciplinary perspectives. Common to all these perspectives is the
critical examination of social change/modernization/development/ globalization. It
is hoped that students will be provided the tools to enable them to build their
own frames of reference, syntheses of concepts, data and theories, to enrich
their social attitudes and cultural values concerning Africa and to appreciate
its richness and its unity in diversity.
Who should declare a minor in African Studies?
The Minor will be useful to students, who would like to teach, work
in government, foreign service, journalism, international
organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), business,
etc., or those who contemplate attending a graduate school.
African Studies Director:
May 29, 2008.