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African StudiesMinor

Hours To Complete20
Courses Required5
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A total of five courses, totaling a minimum of 15 credit hours, are required for the minor in African Studies, of which four must be courses with wholly African content. While there are no specific courses required for the minor, we recommend the following general plan.

Introductory Courses

Taken early in the minor, these courses provide a general framework for African Studies:

  • AFS 150 (ANTH 150): Cultures of Africa
  • AFS 263 (IDS 263): Introduction to African Studies
  • AFS 221 (HIST 221) The Making of Modern Africa

Special Topics in African Studies

Taken at any point during the minor, this set of courses can be tailored to a particular topical or thematic interest or can cover diverse themes and topics:

  • Multiple AFS courses at the 200- or 300-level
  • One non-AFS course at the 200- or 300-level, of theoretical or thematic focus with substantial African material.
  • Non-AFS courses may count toward the minor, with approval of the Director of African Studies. Students have the option of taking one course from a set of related comparative and thematic courses with substantial African material, that is, 1/3 to 1/2 African content as case studies or other examples.

Satisfying Minor Requirements during Study Abroad

After a semester of study abroad in Africa, you are well on your way to a minor in African Studies! Currently, Emory College Study Abroad programs include opportunities in Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Rwanda, Namibia/Botswana, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Please visit the Emory College Study Abroad website for more information.

Students are encouraged to strengthen their work in African Studies by participating in study or research abroad through one of Emory's approved programs in Africa. Up to 9 semester hours of credit, or 3 courses, may be earned toward the minor in study abroad programs.

Prior to beginning a study abroad program, students must contact the Director or DUS to seek approval of courses to be taken and counted towards the African Studies minor. Students should be prepared to provide a syllabus for any courses to be counted toward the minor.