The curricular program in African area studies is designed to complement major degrees in the applied sciences, fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and professional schools. The field of African area studies emphasizes continental Africa and embraces all the major regions of the continent. The interdisciplinary minor in African area studies requires a minimum of six courses, including two African language courses (8 credits), two core courses (6 credits), and two elective courses chosen from among the core courses and the approved course list (6 credits; 20 credits total).
Students do not have to register under the Center for African Studies number to apply credits toward the minor. Credits earned through relevant honors or topics courses, independent study, internships, and study abroad in Africa can be applied toward the electives requirements and may in some cases, with the approval of the director of the program in African languages, be applied toward the language requirement.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses counted toward the minor. At least three courses must be at the 300 level or above, and at least three courses must be taken outside the student's major. Students are strongly advised to consult with the curriculum director regularly about their programs of study.