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African Studies

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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Coordinator: Tom Spencer-Walters
  • Santa Susana Hall (SN) 221
  • (818) 677-3311

Program Committee

  • Jennifer De Maio (Political Science)
  • Suzanne Scheld (Anthropology)
  • Florence Kyomugisha (Gender and Women’s Studies)
  • Mutombo Nkulu-N’Sengha (Religious Studies)
  • Eleazu Obinna (Pan African Studies)
  • Karen Robinette (Family and Consumer Sciences)
  • Tom Spencer-Walters (Pan African Studies)

Interdisciplinary Program

  • Minor in African Studies

The Minor

The minor in African Studies is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of African history, literature, politics, geography and cultures. It provides a background for advanced study of Africa and for teaching Africa and World Cultures in elementary and secondary schools. Students may take courses in several departments which satisfy the minor requirements or may use these courses as electives in their majors. All students interested in the African Studies minor must see a member of the Program Committee or the Coordinator of African Studies to work out a program that will meet their own specific needs and interests.

Academic Advisement

Advisement is available from the Coordinator of African Studies and the members of the Program Committee listed above.

Requirements for the Minor

1. Lower Division (6 Units)

Select one of the following:
  • HIST 145 African Civilization to Modern Times 3
  • PAS 171 Classical African Civilization (3)
  • PAS 226 Traditional African Cultures (3)
Select one of the following:
  • ANTH 152 Culture and Human Behavior (3)
  • GEOG 150 World Geography (3)
  • PAS 282 African Religion in the New World (3)

2. Upper Division (18 Units)

Select from the following. Some of these courses may have prerequisites:
  • GEOG 326 Africa (3)
  • GEOG 496D Geography of Ethnic Groups in the U.S. (3)
  • HIST 435 Africa to 1800 (3)
  • HIST 436 Africa Since 1800 (3)
  • HIST 496Y Experimental Courses in History: Africa (3)
  • HIST 497L Proseminar: Africa (3)
  • PAS 344 Literature of the Caribbean and African Experience (3)
  • PAS 366 Colonialism in Africa (3)
  • PAS 382 Traditional Religions of Africa (3)
  • PAS 465 Pan Africanism: Development of an Ideology (3)
  • PAS 466A,B The Model Organization for African Unity (3,3)
  • POLS 420E International Relations of Selected Areas: Africa (3)
  • POLS 439A Government and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa (3)
  • POLS 439B Government and Politics of Southern Africa (3)
  • Total Units in the Minor
  • 24