African Studies Minor

The African Studies Program encourages teaching and scholarship on sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the wider African diaspora. The program offers a minor, develops courses related to Africa, promotes study-abroad programs and internships, raises funds to expand African Studies resources, and organizes campus and local community events pertaining to Africa. In addition, the program supports faculty and student research on Africa and facilitates the dissemination of research through the African Studies Lecture Series.

African Studies Minor Requirements

Students who want to earn an undergraduate minor in African studies must satisfy the following requirements, comprising 28 credits total with 24 graded credits with a C- or better. Current Africa-related courses that count toward the minor are listed on the program website ( under the African studies minor link.

Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of C- or better. Up to 4 credits with a mark of Pass (P or P*) can be counted toward the minor requirements.

Core Courses
AFR 215Introduction to African Studies4
History of Africa4
Select one of the following (or an approved alternative):
Precolonial Africa
Colonial and Postcolonial Africa
African Archaeology
Contemporary African Issues4
Select one of the following (or an approved alternative):
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
Society and Culture in Modern Africa: [Topic]
African Contemporary Issues and Concerns
Culture, Ethnicity, and Identity in Africa4
Select one of the following (or an approved alternative):
Experimental Course: [Topic]
African I
Special Studies: [Topic] (African Drumming)
Voices of Africa
Seminar: [Topic]
20th-Century Literature: [Topic] (Postcolonial Africa or Mongo Beti)
Seminar: [Topic] (African Language Families)
Popular Musics in the African Diaspora
Electives (see Electives list) 112
Total Credits28

Electives must be approved by a faculty advisor and must be at the 300 or 400level, although as much as 8 credits of Swahili courses at any level may be applied. Recommended courses include any courses listed in the course list or electives list. Additional courses may be approved by the faculty advisor. 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.


AFR 407Seminar: [Topic] (Africa in Oregon)1-5
AFR 410Experimental Course1-5
ANTH 342Archaeology of Egypt and Near East4
ANTH 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (African Topics)5
BI 309Tropical Diseases in Africa4
BI 410Experimental Course: [Topic]1-16
DAN 301African Dance Aesthetics (Africa and the Diaspora)4
DAN 410Experimental Course: [Topic]1-5
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 410Experimental Course: [Topic]1-5
ENVS 450Political Ecology4
FR 361French Cinema for Nonmajors4
FR 407Seminar: [Topic] (African Topics)1-6
FR 49020th-Century Literature: [Topic] (The Absurd and the Fantastic; Postcolonial Africa)4
GLBL 407Seminar: [Topic]1-5
GLBL 445Development and Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa4
HIST 407Seminar: [Topic]5
HIST 410Experimental Course: [Topic]1-6
HIST 325Precolonial Africa4
HIST 326Colonial and Postcolonial Africa4
HIST 417Society and Culture in Modern Africa: [Topic]4
HIST 419African Regional Histories: [Topic]4
GLBL 345African Contemporary Issues and Concerns4
GLBL 420Global Community Development4
GLBL 421Gender and International Development4
J 410 (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
PS 399Special Studies: [Topic] (Any courses with African topics)1-5
SOC 313Social Issues and Movements4
SWAH 101First Year Swahili5
SWAH 102–103First-Year Swahili10
SWAH 201Second-Year Swahili5
SWAH 201–202Second-Year Swahili10
SWAH 203Second Year Swahili5
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.


  • No more than 8 credits may be from courses with 25 to 49 percent Africa content.
  • No more than 4 credits may be from performance courses.
  • No more than 12 credits may be from a single department.
  • No more than 4 credits may be taken pass/no pass.
  • Students must consult with an African studies advisor to confirm that the curricular overlap between the student's major and the African studies minor maintains the principle of academic breadth.