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African Studies

Administrative Office
Kalmanovitz Hall 336
Phone: (415) 422-6262 or 5031
Heather Hoag, Director

The African Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary program that complements all of the majors offered at USF. It seeks to expose students to courses with a rich African content so as to deepen their knowledge and enrich their understanding of the history and culture of African peoples in Africa and the peoples of the African diaspora. The Minor spans the Humanities, the Social Sciences, and African and African-American Literature.

Although Africa faces enormous challenges in the new millennium--globalization, democratization, poverty, environmental degradation, AIDS, conflict--the continent has frequently been neglected. While you will explore some of these issues, you will also be given the opportunity to discover the diversity of ethnic, linguistic, religious and social traditions that have informed the rich cultural heritage of contemporary Africa.

African Studies Minor Requirements

The African Studies Minor requires the completion of 20 credits. Students are required to take three core courses with full coverage of Africa and two elective courses. The flexibility of the program allows students to pursue their interest in Africa in disciplines of their choice.

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • HIST - 150 Modern African History or
  • POLS - 348 Politics and Development in Africa
  • Two courses offering full coverage of Africa (8 credits)

Elective courses (8 credits)

  • At least one course must offer full or partial coverage of Africa.
Courses offering full coverage of Africa
Courses offering partial coverage of Africa
Courses offering coverage of African-American Issues

*Only counts for non-International Studies majors.