Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in African Studies (AFRISTMIN)African Studies Program

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.

Description

The Minor in African Studies is intended to give undergraduates an opportunity to gain a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of the African continent. As an interdisciplinary minor, it complements a variety of majors. The minor provides students with a cross-disciplinary understanding of the African continent by helping them gain a basic understanding of African history, achieve a familiarity with African cultures and societies, contextualize and analyze current African issues, and acquire at least an elementary knowledge of a language spoken on the African continent (not including English). The minor is sufficiently flexible to complement any departmental major.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory course. One (1) course:
  2. Electives. Four elective courses, totaling at least 12 credit hours, from at least two different departments. Courses may be African Studies courses or chosen from the list of courses with full or partial Africa content. At least one course must have 100 per cent Africa content. Three courses (at least 9 credit hours) must be at the 300–499 level; at least one elective course must be taught inside the College of Arts and Sciences. Students may also transfer courses from Study Abroad in Africa. Language courses cannot be applied toward elective requirements.
    1. 100% Africa Content Courses
      • (approved topics: "Gumboot Dance: Beauty from Pain"; "Reed Dance"; "Political Leadership in Africa"; "Southern African Culture, Song, and Dance")
      • (approved topic: "Islam in and out of Africa")
      • (approved topics: "Music in African Life"; "African Music Performance"; "West African Music")
      • (approved topics: "African Military History"; "Seminar on Contemporary Africa"; "African History of Technology")
      • (approved topic: "African Communication and Culture")
      • (approved topics: "Good and Evil in Ancient Egypt"; "Ancient Egypt Stories and Poetry")
      • BUS-L 272 Global Business Immersion-business Law & Ethics
      • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs
    2. Courses with 25% or higher Africa content
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topic: "Exploring Sustainable Agriculture and Trade")
      • (approved topics: "Nature and Culture:Perspectives in Environment Anthropology"; "Photography and Ethnography")
      • (approved topic: "Money, Materiality, and Value")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topic: "Love and War across Borders")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topic: "Folklore and Magical/Animist Realism")
      • (approved topic: "Migrants, Refugees and Cosmopolitans")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topic: "Ebonics: The Controversy over African American Vernacular English")
      • (approved topic: "Sister Species")
      • (approved topic: "Global Pop Music")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics: "Manger, boire..."; "Desire, soffrance et liberte")
      • (approved topic: "Portuguese around the World")
      • (approved topics: "Indian Ocean - Cradle of Globalization"; "Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement")
      • (approved topic: "World War I from the Margins")
      • (approved topic: "Slavery and Unfreedom")
      • (approved topic: "Coffee, Culture, and Global Exchange")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topic: "Comparative Politics of Natural Resources: Linking the Global and the Local")
      • (approved topic: "Advanced Phonology")
      • (approved topics: "Emerging Media: Nollywood Films"; "Migrants and Refugees in Film")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • SPEA-V 160 National and International Policy
      • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs
      • SPH-F 347 Hum Dev Ii:mid Chldhd Thru Adol
      • SPH-H 150 Children's Health Up to Age 5
      • SPH-H 414 Health Educ in Pre-k - Grade 6
  3. Language requirement. Two semesters of a language spoken on the African continent. This requirement may be fulfilled by completing two semesters of French, Portuguese, Arabic, or an African language offered through the African Studies Program. The Policy on Counting a Course toward Multiple Degree Objectives will apply.
  4. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. 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.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. 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.
    5. Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.