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African Studies Program

Minor in African Expressive Cultures

Students on Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Spring 2024 requirements AFREXPCMIN


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory Course. One (1) course:
    • AFRI-L 231 African Civilization
    • HIST-H 227 African Civilizations
  2. Electives. 12 credit hours:
    • AAAD-A 430 The Cinema of Africana Women
    • ANTH-E 300 Culture Areas and Ethnic Groups (Approved topics: "PHOTOGRAPHY AND ETHNOGRAPHY" (TPC 305))
    • ANTH-E 309 Problems in African Ethnography
    • ANTH-E 386 Performance, Culture, and Power in the Middle East and North Africa
    • ARTH-A 155 Introduction to African Art
    • ARTH-A 255 Topics in African Art History
    • ARTH-A 352 Art of Eastern and Southern Africa
    • ARTH-A 355 Art, Craft, and Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa
    • ARTH-A 356 Art of Central Africa
    • ARTH-A 453 Art of Sub-Saharan Africa I: Arts of Africa's Western Sudan
    • ARTH-A 454 Art of Sub-Saharan Africa II: Arts of the West African Coast
    • ARTH-A 458 Topics in the Ethnographic Arts (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    • CMLT-C 261 Introduction to African Literature
    • CMLT-C 291 Studies in Non-Western Film (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    • CMLT-C 361 African Literature and Other Arts
    • COLL-C 103 Critical Approaches to the Arts and Humanities (Approved topics: "MAGIC, SCIENCE & ART IN AFRICA" (TPC 21))
    • FOLK-E 302 Music in African Life
    • FOLK-F 252 Folklore and the Humanities (Approved topics: "CULTRL WORK OF MUS IN E AFRICA" (TPC 19); "GLOBAL POP MUSIC" (TPC 10))
    • FOLK-F 301
    • FOLK-F 450 Music in Religious Thought and Experience
    • FRIT-F 467 French Beyond the Hexagon (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    • HIST-E 340 African Popular Culture
    • HIST-J 300 Seminar In History (Approved topics: "AFRICAN HISTORY AND FILM" (TPC 72))
    • Additional courses chosen in consultation with the African Studies advisor
  3. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Minor Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    3. Minor Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Minor Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

Exceptions to and substitutions for minor requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.