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African Studies

Coordinator: Senior Lecturer in Political Science Yomi Durotoye

The interdisciplinary minor in African studies offers students the opportunity to pursue a Multidisciplinary study of Africa. The minor requires a minimum of 15 hours. Candidates for the minor are required to take two core courses, AFS 150 and AFS 250, as well as a 3 hour Wake Forest approved summer study abroad course in Africa. With prior approval, students studying abroad for a semester in Africa on a Wake Forest approved program may be exempted from the required summer study abroad course. Students may select the remaining 9 hours from the list of electives. Students who intend to minor in African Studies are encouraged to consult the coordinator of the program in their sophomore year. It is strongly recommended that AFS 250 be taken in the student’s senior year.

Required African Studies Courses

AFS 150. Introduction to African Studies. (1.5h)

AFS 220. Studies in Africa. (3h) Offered alternately in Benin and Nigeria.

AFS 250. Seminar on Contemporary Issues in African Studies. (1.5h)

Summer Study Abroad Options (fulfill the minor requirement)

ECN 254. Current Issues in African Development.(3h) Taught in Benin in summer
HMN 224. Cross-cultural Encounters in Morocco. (3h) Offered in Morocco during the summer session.

Electives for African Studies

The program coordinator maintains a complete list of all elective courses that fulfill the minor, as additional elective courses may have been approved since publication of this bulletin. Students may seek prior approval from the program coordinator, in consultation with the core faculty, for courses which are not listed here but which have a significant African component. No more than 6 hours within a single discipline may count towards the minor. For course descriptions, see the relevant department’s listings in this bulletin.

ECN 258. Economic Growth and Development. (3h)

HST 105. Africa in World History. (3h)

HST 240. African-American History. (3h)

HST 268. African History to 1870. (3h)

HST 269. African History since 1850. (3h)

HST 341. Africans in the Atlantic World, 1750-1815. (3h)

HST 378. Race, Memory, and Identity. (3h)

HMN 222. African and Caribbean Literature. (3h)

HMN 353. African and Caribbean Women Writers. (3h)

POL 242. Topics in Comparative Politics. (3h) when topic is appropriate

POL 266. Civil Wars: Causes and Consequences. (3h)

REL 107. Introduction to African Religions. (3h)

REL 336. Religious Traditions and Human Rights. (3h)

REL 339. Religions of Africa. (3h)

REL 345. African-American Religious Experience. (3h)

REL 348. Race, Memory, and Identity. (3h)

REL 393. Topics in Religions of Africa. (3h)