The African studies concentration introduces students to the second-largest continent on the planet, which is comprised of over 50 independent nations and houses just short of a billion people. Culturally and ethnically diverse, Africa nonetheless is united by several social processes, including colonialism, transnationalism, and globalization. We tend to these formative social processes through an array of courses across disciplines (from history to literature, from art to politics).
Requirements for the concentration:
The concentration consists of 15 courses, distributed as follows:
- Required courses for all international studies majors (three courses)
- INTS 300. Special Topics in International Studies
- One global course
- INTS 497 Senior Exercise.
- Language (four courses): Two years of college-level study of one of the following languages: Arabic, French, Portuguese, or any African language available through the Self-Instructional Language Program.
- Area courses (five courses)
- AHIS 294. The Arts of Africa
- ENGL 306. Memory and History in African Literature
- SOC 336. Race, Racism and Democracy
- HIST 252. African Histories and Cultures to 1880: Early Period
- HIST 253. African History: 1850 to the Contemporary Era
- HIST 377. After EmpireINTS 112. Introduction to the Study of Africa
- INTS 238. Contemporary Africa: Resource Wars and Human Rights
- INTS 302. Black Internationalism
- INTS 349. No Easy Walk to Freedom: Political Economy of Southern Africa
- MUSC 113. World Music
- MUSC 216. African Music
- PHIL 223. African Philosophy
- RELG 285. Religions of Africa
- Electives (three courses): Typically, electives are chosen from African studies courses, or else in consultation with the adviser and director, from among the many global offerings (INTS 200, 201, 203, 204, 212, 221, 234, 249, 250, 307, 311, 315, 317). Students are encouraged to take an additional language course to take an additional language course to fulfill the elective.