International and Area Studies / Undergraduate Study

African Studies Minor

The African Studies minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major with concerted study of the history, culture, and society of Africa from an interdisciplinary and modern perspective.

To enter the minor, students must be in good academic standing (overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better) and have completed all lower-division minor courses with a GPA of 2.0 or better in those courses.

Required Lower-Division Courses (13 to 15 units): International and Area Studies 1 and two international societies and cultures courses from Anthropology 3, Comparative Literature 1D (or 2DW or 4DW), Economics 1, 2, Ethnomusicology 5, 25, Geography 3, 4, 6, History 2B, 22, Political Science 50 (or 50R), Sociology 1, World Arts and Cultures 20, 33. Students may substitute one area studies preparation course (from Afrikaans 40, Art History 28, Ethnomusicology 20B, French 60, History 10B, 97J, or Portuguese 40A) toward the international societies and cultures preparation requirement.

Required Upper-Division Courses (20 to 21 units): Five area studies group 1 courses as follows: (1) two humanities and arts group 1 courses from Afrikaans 135, Art History C145A, C145B, Ethnomusicology 136A, C136B, 161E (must be taken twice to equal one 4-unit course), French 121, 142, (2) two social sciences group 1 courses from Anthropology 135, 166P, M166Q, Geography 122, 135, History 164B through 164E, 166B, 167A, 167B, 167C, 168B, Political Science 151A, 151B, 151C, and (3) one additional elective course selected from the group 1 lists above or from the group 2 list below.

The area studies electives listed above (group 1) focus on contemporary issues of that region after 1750. Students may substitute a maximum of one upper-division course with focus on earlier historical aspects of the region or on diasporas with origins related to the region toward the area studies additional elective category (item 3 above). The course may be selected from the following group 2 list: Ancient Near East M130, 150B, C165, Art History M110A, M110B, French 160, Geography 114, History M103A, M103B, 166A, 168A, or World Arts and Cultures C139.

One upper-division language course (advanced level) may be applied to item 3 above by petition to the chair of the program.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.