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Institute of African Studies Program

The Institute of African Studies offers an interdisciplinary major and minor focusing on the histories, societies, and cultures of the peoples of Africa. Both major and minor emphasize mastering empirical knowledge about Africa as well as theories and methods central to its study.

Faculty

Chair/Director
Clifton Crais
P0203174
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Maryland, 1982
  • MA, Johns Hopkins University, 1984
  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1988

Departments

  • History, Core Faculty
  • African Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • African history
  • comparative and cross cultural history
  • history and theory
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Kristin D. Phillips
P1946357
Lecturer

Education

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • African Studies, Core Faculty
Core Faculty
Clifton Crais
P0203174
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Maryland, 1982
  • MA, Johns Hopkins University, 1984
  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1988

Departments

  • History, Core Faculty
  • African Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • African history
  • comparative and cross cultural history
  • history and theory
Peter Little
P9342163
Professor

Education

  • PhD, Indiana University, 1983

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • African Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • agrarian (pastoral) production systems, marketing, and social organization in East Africa
  • social dimensions of environmental degradation and political ecology
  • social effects on rural communities of economic restructuring, globalization, and development
Kristin Mann
P9327894
Professor

Education

  • BA, Stanford University, 1968
  • MA, Stanford University, 1970
  • PhD, Stanford University, 1977

Departments

  • History, Core Faculty
  • African Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • African history
Kristin D. Phillips
P1946357
Lecturer

Education

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • African Studies, Core Faculty

Courses

African Studies 100-Level Courses
AFS 110: African Language Studies I
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Study abroad course
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
AFS 150: World Cultures
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Examination of culture areas, language distributions, and social organization of societies south of the Sahara. Colonialism and modern African issues.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
AFS 190: Frsh Seminar: African Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
FSEM
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
African Studies 200-Level Courses
AFS 221: The Making Of Modern Africa
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
HIST 221: The Making Of Modern Africa
Course Description

Traces the gradual incorporation of Africa into an expanding world economy and examines the impact of this incorporation on the development of African societies and modern nation states.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
AFS 263: Intro to African Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
IDS 263: Intro to African Studies
Course Description

Introduction to the African humanities and social sciences through in-depth study of three African regions. Explores major historical trends and their impact on culture, including the slave trade, colonialism, and postcolonial international contacts. Content is drawn from literature (both written literature and oral traditions), film, history, religion, anthropology, sociology, and art.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
AFS 270: Topic Seminar
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
AFS 270W: Topic Seminar
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
AFS 280R: Anthro. Perspectives
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ANT 280R: Anthro. Perspectives
Course Description

Anthropological perspectives on the people and cultures on different regions of the world. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. HSC, may be repeated when topic changes.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
AFS 281: Art Of Africa Nat Amer&Pacific
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
AFS 282: Arts Of East & Southern Afric
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ARTHIST 282: Art Of East & Southern Africa
Course Description

Visual arts and architecture of Africa from the Horn to the Cape of Good Hope with emphases on the major monuments of early coastal and southern African states, the visual culture of pastoralism and foragers and their associated body arts and rock paintings, and the development of postcolonial art forms in urban and rural areas.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
African Studies 300-Level Courses
AFS 306: Symbolic Anthropology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ANT 361: Symbolic Anthropology
Course Description

Culture is viewed as distinctive symbolic patterns through which a worldview is built. Human behavior as symbolic action; human knowledge as partly a creation of cultural patterns.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
AFS 311: Nutritional Anthropology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ANT 311: Nutritional Anthropology
Course Description

Introduction to the evolution, diversity, and social significance of human diet and nutrition.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
AFS 312: Women In Africa
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The varied experience of women in Africa, with attention to the impact of colonization and decolonization on women's lives and cultures.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
AFS 334: Contemporary African Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
AAS 334: Contemporary African Politics
POLS 334: Contemporary African Politics
Course Description

Politics of sub-Saharan Africa are examined, with emphasis on the major issues of social and political analysis as well as the African economic predicament and its political implications.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
AFS 364: Afric Civilztn Transatl Slave
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
HIST 364: Afric Civilztn Transatl Slave
Course Description

Political, social, economic, and cultural history of sub-Saharan African civilizations, from the rise of the Sudanic empires through the impact of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
AFS 364W: Afric Civilztn Transatl Slave
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
HIST 364W: Afric Civilztn Transatl Slave
Course Description

Political, social, economic, and cultural history of sub-Saharan African civilizations, from the rise of the Sudanic empires through the impact of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
AFS 365: African Art & Arch.after 1500
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
AAS 355: Afric Art&Architect Aftr 1500
ARTHIST 355: Afric Art/Architec After 1500
Course Description

Traditional genres of African art with a focus on masks and figure sculpture in West and Central African city-states and chiefdoms from 1500 to European colonization. May be repeated for credit when topic changes, up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
AFS 366: Development Issues for Africa
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ECON 366: Development Issues for Africa
Course Description

This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to explore issues in economic development viewed from the perspective of sub-Saharan Africa from the impact of slavery and colonialism to the modern era of globalization.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
AFS 366W: Development Issues for Africa
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ECON 366W: Development Issues for Africa
Course Description

This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to explore issues in economic development viewed from the perspective of sub-Saharan Africa from the impact of slavery and colonialism to the modern era of globalization.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
AFS 367: The Making of South Africa
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
HIST 367: The Making of South Africa
Course Description

Evolution of South Africa from a society based on the principle of systematic racial segregation to a multiracial democracy. Origins of racial segregation and apartheid, nationalist struggles, challenges of post-apartheid development.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
AFS 370: African Popular Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ANT 343: African Popular Culture
IDS 370: African Popular Culture
Course Description

Produced in diverse media and circumstances, African popular culture provides means through which people reflect and comment on a range of issues in their lives. Students will learn about a selection of popular representations produced in and about Africa. Case studies will vary from year to year, drawn from media that include music, popular literature, photography, painting, film, language, architecture, fashion, and cultural display.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
AFS 371: Voodoo
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
IDS 371: Voodoo
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
AFS 385: African Art/Arch after 1500
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
AFS 386: Colonial/Contemp African Art
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ARTHIST 365: Postcolonial African Art
Course Description

Treatment of the major issues raised by the new genres of art that have resulted from the African experience of European colonization. May be repeated for credit when topic changes, up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
AFS 389: Special Topics:African Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
AFS 389W: Special Topics:African Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
AFS 398: Dir Reading:African Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
African Studies 400-Level Courses
AFS 468: Economic Development in Africa
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
SOC 468: Economic Development in Africa
Course Description

Analysis of economic behavior in low income countries, with attention to factors that promote or inhibit sustainable development, such as local cultural practices, migratory patterns, and foreign investment.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
AFS 490R: Senior Sem in African Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
AFS 495A: Honors Thesis
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
None
Weekly Contact Minutes
None
AFS 495BW: African Studies Honors
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Writing Requirement
Yes
AFS 498R: Supervised Reading
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable

Honors Program

See “Honors Program” under the curriculum section of the catalog, and consult the department for further details.

For more information, see Honors Program | Academic Policies & Regulations.

Study Abroad

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in study or research abroad through one of Emory's approved programs in Africa: the St. Lawrence program in Kenya, Emory's South African summer internship, CIEE Senegal semester/year program in Dakar, SIT Development Studies in Uganda, SIT Post-Conflict Studies in Uganda/Rwanda, African studies in London at the SOAS, Human Rights at the University of Witswatersrand, and African studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. To ensure acceptance of credit for study abroad, a student must take at least one course on Africa at Emory prior to leaving, as well as seek approval in advance of courses to be taken and counted towards the major or minor. For approved programs, students may count up to 16 credit hours of courses per semester towards the major, or a total of 12 semester hours towards the minor.

For more information, see Study Abroad.

Independent Research and Study

The Institute for Developing Nations (IDN) at Emory offers scholarships for independent student research projects in Africa in partnership with CIPA and its study abroad programs.