African Studies

http://africa.uoregon.edu

Doris L. Payne, Program Director
541-346-5051
541-346-5041 fax
175 Prince Lucien Campbell Hall
5206 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-5206

The African Studies Program encourages teaching and scholarship on sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the wider African diaspora. The program is a focal point for students and faculty members with expertise in African studies, encouraging course offerings related to Africa, promoting study abroad programs and internships, raising funds to expand African studies resources, and organizing campus and local community events pertaining to Africa. In addition, the program supports faculty and student research on Africa and facilitates dissemination of research through the Baobab Lectures (for faculty and guest presentations) and the Acacia Seminars (for presentations of student research and experiences).

Students may earn an undergraduate minor in African studies.

Overseas Opportunities

The university sponsors a summer journalism program in Ghana as well as a summer international studies program in Dakar, Senegal. UO students may apply to study at the University of Ghana; the University of Cape Town or Stellenbosch University, South Africa; or the University Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal, through the Council on International Educational Exchange. Students may also choose one of nineteen programs in thirteen African countries sponsored by the School for International Training—Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda. Financial aid is available for all these programs. For more information, call the International Affairs office, 541-346-3207.

Students in all University of Oregon study abroad programs enroll in courses with subject codes that are unique to individual programs. Special course numbers are reserved for overseas study. See International Affairs in the Academic Resources section of this catalog. Students may earn academic credit while gaining career-related work experience through internships in sub-Saharan Africa overseen by the IE3 Global Internships program. Financial aid is available. Information may be requested from the International Affairs office.

African Language Study

The UO offers first- and second-year Modern Standard Arabic and Swahili. UO 5-credit Arabic and Swahili courses satisfy the university’s two-year BA foreign-language requirement. For courses in Arabic, see the Religious Studies section of this catalog.

The University of Oregon also offers opportunities for self-study, with the assistance of native speakers, in Akan, Wolof, Bamana-Dyula, Hausa-Fulani, Shona, and Amharic. Information is available from the Yamada Language Center; call 541-346-4011.

 

Participating Faculty

Michael Allan, comparative literature

Oluwakemi Balogun, women's and gender studies

B. Mokaya Bosire, linguistics

Lindsay F. Braun, history

Yvonne A. Braun, women’s and gender studies

Alfredo Burlando, economics

Jenifer P. Craig, dance

André Djiffack, Romance languages

Stephen Dueppen, anthropology

Hanan Elsherif, religious studies

John Fenn, arts and administration

Stephen R. Frost, anthropology

Dennis C. Galvan, international studies

Ibrahim J. Gassama, law

Lisa M. Gilman, English

Melissa Graboyes, Oregon Consortium for International and Area Studies

Rita Honka, dance

Habib Iddrisu, music

Leslie McLees, geography

Lanie Millar, Romance languages

Angela Montague, anthropology

Doris L. Payne, linguistics

Ron Severson, management

H. Leslie Steeves, journalism and communication

Nelson Ting, anthropology

Peter A. Walker, geography

Janis C. Weeks, biology

Frances J. White, anthropology

David R. Woken, UO Libraries

Stephen R. Wooten, international studies

Associated

John E. Russell, UO Libraries

Undergraduate Studies

Minor in African Studies

Each student in the minor program is assigned a faculty advisor. Students who want to earn an undergraduate minor in African studies must satisfy the following requirements, comprising 28 graded credits and either the study of an African language or a study abroad or internship opportunity in Africa. Current Africa-related courses that count toward the minor are listed on the program website (africa.uoregon.edu) under the African studies minor link.

Core Courses
HUM 215Introduction to African Studies4
History of Africa4
Select one of the following:
Precolonial Africa
Colonial and Postcolonial Africa
African Archaeology
Contemporary African Issues4
Select one of the following:
Special Studies: [Topic] (Health and Disease in Africa)
Tropical Diseases in Africa
Political Ecology
Voices of Africa
Seminar: [Topic] (Contemporary Africa)
Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
Advanced Geography of Non-European-American Regions: [Topic] (Africa—Politics, Development, and Environment)
Society and Culture in Modern Africa: [Topic]
Culture, Capitalism, and Globalization
Africa Today: Issues and Concerns
Development and Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa
Sociology of Developing Areas
Culture, Ethnicity, and Identity in Africa4
Select one of the following:
Exploring Other Cultures: [Topic] (African Masks and Meanings)
Anthropological Perspectives on Africa
African Dance
Special Studies: [Topic] (African Drumming)
African II
African Folklore
20th-Century Literature: [Topic] (Postcolonial Africa)
Seminar: [Topic] (African Language Families)
Popular Musics in the African Diaspora
Electives
Electives (see Electives list) 112
Advanced Research Requirement
400-level course requiring research paper with 50 percent Africa content 2
Experiencing Africa
Select one of the following:
African language 3
One term of study or internship in Africa 4
Total Credits28
1

 Must be approved by a faculty advisor; 8 credits must be at the 400 level. Recommended courses include any courses listed in the course list or the Electives list. Additional courses may be approved by the faculty advisor.

2

The paper must be approved by a faculty advisor and may be completed in a course that counts for one of the requirements listed. For students who have completed an internship in Africa, the paper may be based on primary source data gathered during that experience. For others, the research paper should include an original argument or line of interpretation based on secondary sources.

3

Possibilities include Arabic, Swahili, Wolof, or one year of another approved language. Although English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish are the first languages of many African citizens, they may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

4

For study abroad, courses will be evaluated for UO credit on a case-by-case basis through the standard Office of International Affairs procedures for assigning credit and course equivalency. Students consult with the faculty member who is sponsoring their study-abroad experience to prepare an agreement that must include the following:

  • a list of readings relevant to the experience, which are to be completed prior to and during the experience
  • a reflective journal on the student’s activities and cross-cultural experiences
  • a final paper integrating preparatory readings with the experience (approximately 4,500 words, plus references)

An African studies minor advisor must approve the credits earned in study-abroad or internship programs.

Electives

AFR 407Seminar: [Topic] (Africa in Oregon)1-5
AFR 410Experimental Course (Global Disease Eradication)1-5
ANTH 310Exploring Other Cultures: [Topic] (Near Eastern and Egyptian Prehistory)4
ANTH 327Anthropological Perspectives on Africa4
ANTH 342Archaeology of Egypt and Near East4
ANTH 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (African Topics)5
ARB 301–303Language and Culture12
ARB 331Reading Classical Arabic4
ARB 353Arab Cinema4
ARB 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (One Thousand and One Nights)1-5
BI 309Tropical Diseases in Africa4
BI 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (HIV/AIDS in Africa)16
DAN 301African Dance Aesthetics (Africa and the Diaspora)4
DANC 399Special Studies: [Topic] (African Drumming)1-5
DAN 481Repertory Dance Company: Rehearsal (Dance Africa)1-12
ENG 399Special Studies: [Topic] (African Literature)5
ENVS 450Political Ecology4
FLR 416African Folklore4
FR 407Seminar: [Topic] (African Topics)1-6
FR 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (African Cinema)1-4
FR 49020th-Century Literature: [Topic] (The Absurd and the Fantastic; Postcolonial Africa)4
GEOG 475Advanced Geography of Non-European-American Regions: [Topic] (Africa: Politics, Development, and Environment)4
HIST 325Precolonial Africa4
HIST 326Colonial and Postcolonial Africa4
HIST 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (Health and Disease in Africa)6
HIST 417Society and Culture in Modern Africa: [Topic]4
HIST 419African Regional Histories: [Topic]4
INTL 345Africa Today: Issues and Concerns4
INTL 420International Community Development4
INTL 421Gender and International Development4
INTL 445Development and Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa4
J 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (Media in Ghana)4
LING 407Seminar: [Topic] (African Language Families)1-5
MUS 358Music in World Cultures4
MUS 451Introduction to Ethnomusicology4
MUS 452Musical Instruments of the World4
MUS 459African Music4
PS 399Special Studies: [Topic] (Africa topics)1-5
SOC 313Social Issues and Movements4
SOC 450Sociology of Developing Areas4
SWAH 101First Year Swahili5
SWAH 102–103First-Year Swahili10
SWAH 201Second-Year Swahili5
SWAH 201–202Second-Year Swahili10
SWAH 301Advanced Swahili5
SWAH 302Contemporary Swahili Literature5
SWAH 303Language and Culture: Swahili Nation5
WGS 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (Gender and Global Social Justice)1-4
WGS 432Gender, Environment, and Development4

Deviations from the requirements listed must be approved by an African studies advisor.

Restrictions

No more than 8 credits toward the minor may be from 100-level courses or courses with less than 50 percent Africa content, and no more than 4 credits may be from music or dance performance courses. Students must consult with an African studies advisor to confirm that curricular overlap between the student’s major and the African studies minor maintains the principle of academic breadth.

Graduate Studies

Arranging a graduate degree program with a concentration in African studies is possible in a number of departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Music and Dance. Anthropology, biology, dance, environmental studies, French (in the Romance languages department), folklore, geography, history, international studies, linguistics, political science, and sociology have faculty members with expertise and strong interest in this area.

Students should consult with the affiliated faculty members regarding such arrangements.

Courses

Course usage information

AFR 196. Field Studies: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 198. Workshop: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 199. Special Studies: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 399. Special Studies: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 401. Research: [Topic]. 1-12 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 403. Thesis. 1-12 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 404. Internship: [Topic]. 1-12 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 405. Reading and Conference: [Topic]. 1-12 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 406. Field Studies: [Topic]. 1-12 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 407. Seminar: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 408. Workshop: [Topic]. 1-12 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 409. Supervised Tutoring. 1-4 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 410. Experimental Course. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 503. Thesis. 1-12 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 507. Seminar: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 508. Workshop: [Topic]. 1-12 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 510. Experimental Course. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 601. Research: [Topic]. 1-4 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 603. Dissertation. 1-9 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 604. Internship: [Topic]. 1-4 Credits.

Repeatable once for a maximum of 8 credits.

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AFR 605. Reading and Conference: [Topic]. 1-4 Credits.

Repeatable.

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AFR 606. Field Studies: [Topic]. 1-4 Credits.

Repeatable once for a maximum of 8 credits.

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AFR 609. Supervised Tutoring. 1-4 Credits.

Repeatable once for a maximum of 8 credits.