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The African Studies Minor is designed to introduce students to the study of the social, economic, political, and cultural complexities of African societies and how these compare or contrast with other societies. The interdisciplinary and inclusive nature of the field is reflected in a curricular structure that includes courses cross-listed with a wide variety of departments, for example, Women’s Studies, Political Science, and Sociology.  African Studies courses cover a breadth of issues that deal with Africa in World History, Africa and the Global Political Economy, Africa within the new Global International Relations, Africa and International Development, peace studies, conflict resolution, as well as courses that recognize the diversities of culture, race, ethnicity, religion and other socioeconomic groupings on the continent.


A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)



  • AFR 110 GS: Introduction to Contemporary Africa 
  • AFR 191 GH; Early African History
  • AFR 192 GH: Modern African History

(Sem: 1-2)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits, 6 of which must be AFR courses at the 400 level)

  • AFR 105 GN: Environments of Africa: Geology and Climate Change 
  • AFR 202 GS: Women, Gender, and Feminisms in Africa
  • AFR 209 GS
  • AFR 403
  • AFR 405
  • CMLIT 003
  • HIST 415

(Sem: 1-4)

  • AFR/PL SC 434
  • AFR 440 US;IL
  • AFR 443 IL
  • AFR/PL SC 454 IL
  • AFR/PL SC 459
  • AFR/PL SC 464
  • AFR 495
  • AFR 496
  • AFR 499 IL
  • CMLIT 422 IL
  • CMLIT 423 IL
  • ECON 413W
  • ECON 475W
  • FR 458 IL
  • GEOG 429 US;IL
  • GEOG 444
  • PL SC 481

(Sem: 5-8)

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2012


Kristie Kalvin is the academic adviser for African Studies. If you would like to know more about the opportunities available for graduates of the African Studies majors and the curriculum, you can schedule an appointment or inquire about walk-in hours by calling her at (814) 865-5588. Click here to schedule an appointment with an adviser.

Kristie Kalvin

Academic Advisor