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Minor Requirements

African Studies Minor

Please consult with African Studies (africa@uoregon.edu) to set up an appointment with an African Studies adviser. Download the African Studies Minor Worksheet (MS Word file) and bring it with you when you talk to your African Studies adviser.

Students who wish to earn an undergraduate degree in African Studies must satisfy the following requirements:

Note: All courses are 4 credits unless otherwise noted.

A. Four Required Courses [16 credits]

  • AFR Minor PosterIntroduction to African Studies (4 credits)
    • Hum 215 (previously 315), Introduction to African Studies
  • History of Africa –Select one course from among the following (4 credits)
    • HIST 325, Precolonial Africa
    • HIST 326, Colonial & Postcolonial Africa
    • ANTH 453, African Archeology
  • Contemporary African Issues: Select one course from among the following (4 credits)
    • AFR 199 Health and Disease in Africa: Freshman Seminar
    • BI 309, Tropical Diseases in Africa
    • ENVS 450 Political Ecology
    • FLR 225 Voices of Africa
    • FR 407 Seminar: Contemporary Africa
    • GEOG 209 Geography of Middle East/North Africa
    • GEOG 475, Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa
    • GEOG 475/575 Africa: Development and Environment
    • INTL 260 Culture, Capitalization and Globalization
    • INTL 407, West African Politics, Culture & History (Dakar Summer Program)
    • INTL 345, Africa Today
    • INTL 445, Development and Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa
    • J 410, Media in Ghana (Summer Journalism in Ghana)
    • HIST 417, Society and Culture in Modern Africa
    • SOC 450, Sociology of Developing Areas
  • Culture, Ethnicity & Identity in Africa: Select one course from among the following (4 credits)
    • ANTH 327, Anthropological Perspectives on Africa
    • ANTH 410/510, Ethnography of Postcolonial Africa
    • ANTH 310, African Masks and Meanings
    • DANC 185 African Dance
    • DANC 199 African Drumming
    • DANC 285 African Dance 2
    • FLR 225 Voices of Africa
    • FLR 416, African Folklore
    • FR 303, Identités Francophones
    • FR 407, Seminar: African Identities
    • FR 490, “Mango Beti: Retour d’exil”
    • FR 490, 20th-Century Literature: Post-Colonial Africa
    • INTL 260 Culture, Capitalization and Globalization
    • INTL 447, Comparative “Tribalisms”
    • LING 331, African Languages: Identity, Ethnicity, History
    • LING 407, Seminar: African Language Families
    • MUS 462, Music of the African Diaspora

B. Electives [12 credits]. Must be at the 300 or 400 level, although up to 8 credits of Swahili language courses at any level may be applied. A maximum of 8 credits of 300 or 400-level French, Portuguese or Arabic language courses that have subject matter relevant to African Studies may be applied. A maximum of 12 credits of 300 or 400-level Study Abroad credits may be applied. Recommended courses include any of the courses listed above, or the following (though additional courses may be approved by the Assistant Director):

    • AFR 388, Intensive Swahili in Zanzibar
    • AFR 407, Lenses on Africa
    • AFR 407/507, Perspectives on Africa (2 credits)
    • AFR 410, Global Disease Eradication
    • ANTH 310, Near Eastern and Egyptian Prehistory
    • ANTH 327, Anthropological Perspectives on Africa
    • ANTH 410, Ethnography of Postcolonial Africa
    • ANTH 410, African Archaeology
    • ANTH 342, Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East
    • ARB 301 – 303, Language and Culture
    • ARB 331, Read Classic Arabic
    • ARB 353, Arabic Cinema
    • ARB 410, 1001 Nights
    • Bi 309, Tropical Diseases in Africa
    • Bi 410, HIV/AIDS in Africa
    • DAN 301, Dance in Folk Culture: Africa and the Diaspora
    • DAN 301, Dance in Traditional Ghana
    • DAN 399, Special Studies: Drumming (African)
    • DAN 481, Dance Africa
    • ENG 399, Special Studies: African Literature
    • ENVS 450/550, Political Ecology
    • ENVS 607, Seminar in Political Ecology
    • FLR 416, African Folklore
    • FR 303, Identités Francophones
    • FR 361, Francophone Literature and Culture
    • FR 407, Seminar: Contemporary Africa
    • FR 407, Seminar: African Identities
    • FR 410, Experimental Course: African Cinema
    • FR 490 The Absurd and the Fantastic
    • FR 490, 20th-Century Literature: Post-colonial Africa
    • FR 490/590 Mongo Beti: Retour d’Exil
    • GEOG 475/575 Africa: Politics, Development and Environment
    • HIST 325, Precolonial Africa
    • HIST 326, Colonial & Postcolonial Africa
    • HIST 407/507, South Africa War
    • HIST 410, Health and Disease in Africa
    • HIST 417, Society and Culture in Modern Africa
    • HIST 419, Topics in African Regional Histories
    • INTL 345, Africa Today: Issues & Concerns
    • INTL 407/507, African Experiences
    • INTL 421 Gender and International Development
    • INTL 420/520, International Community Development
    • INTL 445, Development and Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa
    • INTL 447, Comparative “Tribalisms”: Politics of Identity in Africa and the US
    • J 410/510, Media in Ghana
    • J 455, Third World Development Communication
    • LING 407/507, Seminar: African Language Families
    • MUS 459/559 African Music
    • PS 399, Special Studies: Politics of West Africa
    • PS 399, Special Studies: South Africa Post Apartheid
    • PS 399, Special Studies: Politics of North Africa
    • SOC 313, Social Issues and Social Movements
    • SOC 450, Sociology of Developing Areas
    • SWAH 101 – 303, Swahili First through Third Year
    • WGS 431, Global Feminisms
    • WGS 410, Gender and Global Social Justice

Courses with less than 50 % Africa content. For FULFILLING minor REQUIREMENTS, TWO courses with LESS than 50% Africa-content WILL COUNT AS A SINGLE 4 UNIT CLASS (Limit on partial Africa-content courses: no more than 8 credits may be from courses with less than 50 % Africa content):

  • EC 390, Issues in Development Economics
  • EC 490, Economic Growth and Development
  • HIST 415/515, Age of Imperialism
  • HUM 300, The Closest of Strangers, “Africa” and Otherness
  • INTL 421/521, Gender and International Development
  • J 467/567, Communication in Developing Countries
  • MUS 358, Music in World Cultures
  • MUS 451, Introduction to Ethnomusicology
  • MUS 452, Musical Instruments of the World (students can boost Africa content percentage with independent research project of their choosing)
  • WGS 432, Gender, Environment and Development

Other courses with Africa content that do not directly count towards the minor.

  • ARB 101 – 203, First and Second Year Arabic
  • DANC 185 African Dance
  • DANC 199 African Drum

Minor Restrictions: Out of the 28 required units for the minor

  • At least 8 credits must be taken at the 400 level, and there may be no more than 12 credits from a single department.
  • There may be no more than 12 credits taken at the lower division level
  • No more than 8 credits may come from courses with less than 50 percent Africa content; no more than 4 credits may be from music or dance performance courses; and no more than 4 credits may be taken Pass/No Pass.

 

Major-Minor Breadth Requirement: Students must consult with an African Studies advisor to confirm that that curricular overlap between the student’s major and the African Studies minor maintains the principle of academic breadth. Deviations from the requirements listed above must be approved by the African Studies Assistant Director.