African Studies Minor

The minor consists of one required course (AFAM 1600 UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: AFRICA), which, in general, is offered by the African & African American studies department every year. The minor also requires five electives, subject to the following provisions:

  • One elective should come from a Social Science discipline
  • One elective should come from Arts & Humanities discipline
  • Three (3) additional electives. Students may take no more than two electives from any one discipline

In addition to the requirements listed above, students must demonstrate proficiency through the intermediate level in a language spoken on the African continent other than English such as Swahili, Twi, Zulu, Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish or French; or another language approved by the director of African Studies.

It is not necessary to study abroad to earn the minor, but credit towards the minor can be earned by studying in Ghana, South Africa, Morocco, or Tanzania. Limited scholarship funds will be available to cover the cost of traveling.

The minor consists of six courses.

Course Title Credits
AFAM/HIST 1600UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: AFRICA3
Social Science Elective
Select one course from the following
AFRICAN POLITICS
AFRICAN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY
CIVIL WARS IN AFRICA
DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA
CONTEMPORARY AFRICA
WOMEN IN AFRICA
CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN IMMIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES
HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA
EXPLORING AFRICA: ENCOUNTER, EXPEDITION, AND REPRESENTATION
MAJOR DEBATES IN AFRICAN STUDIES
INTRODUCTION TO THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST
ISLAMIC POLITICAL THOUGHT
MIDEAST AND THE WORLD
UNITED NATIONS
Arts and Humanities Elective
Select one course from the following
HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA
AFRICAN LITERATURE I
AFRICAN LITERATURE II
CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN LITERATURES
RACE AND RELIGION IN THE TRANSATLANTIC WORLD
WEST AFRICAN DANCE
Select three additional electives 1

In addition to the requirements listed above, students must demonstrate proficiency through the intermediate level in a language spoken on the African continent other than English, such as Swahili, Twi, Zulu, Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, or French; or another language approved by the director of African Studies.

Availability

The minor in African studies is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center.