Undergraduate Minor in African Studies

The Minor Degree: Description

The Center for African Studies offers an interdisciplinary minor as a complement to the major for any student enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The 20 hours selected by students for the African Studies minor should form a coherent program of study. This program must be approved by the Center for African Studies.

The Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will verify that the student has completed the program on the recommendation of the director of the Center for African Studies and on completion of the requirements below.

Guidelines for LAS Minors

The adviser for the minor may allow one substitution in the requirements for the minor.

For students who completed a major sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the department or unit sponsoring the student's major must approve the minor.

With exceptions to be determined by the LAS Student Affairs Office, students may not complete a minor in the department in which they are completing a major.


5 hours: study of an indigenous African language. Acceptable languages include Arabic, Swahili, and Wolof.

15 hours: African Studies core courses. These courses normally contain a minimum of 50 percent African content and are defined according to a list maintained and regularly updated by the Center for African Studies. Courses completed to satisfy the core must come from at least three departments and must include the following three components:

1. Course-work surveying the continent. Choose one of the following:


AFST 210

Introduction to Modern African Literature


AFST 222

Introduction to Modern Africa


AFST 254

Economic Systems in Africa


HIST 111

History of Africa to 1800


HIST 112

History of Africa from 1800




2. 6 hrs: 300- or 400-level courses. Language courses cannot be used to meet this requirement.

3. 6 hrs: Additional courses at any level. African language courses may be used to satisfy this requirement if they are at the advanced level (fifth semester or higher). Only 3 hours of AFRST 199 may be used to satisfy the requirements of the minor.