African Studies Minor

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135 Social Sciences Building
Thurgood Marshall Campus
(858) 822-0265

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African Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that covers African topics and issues through a coordinated set of courses offered in the Departments of Anthropology, Communication, Ethnic Studies, History, Literature, Music, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre and Dance, and Visual Arts. In addition to the offerings at UC San Diego, opportunities for further study in Africa and Europe are available through the University of California Education Abroad Program, with programs in Ghana and South Africa as well as at the National University of Côte d’Ivoire, the Université de Paris V, the Université de Bordeaux II, and study abroad programs offered through other US universities.

A number of African languages are available through the UC San Diego Department of Linguistics. Students may take independent study units and tutorials with faculty in the program to learn the languages of their respective areas of interest. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in special seminars and presentations offered annually by the African and African American Studies Research Project. Students may take the seminars for credit by signing up for a 198/199 with a qualified African Studies professor. A minor in African Studies consists of seven total courses. Students may take no more than four courses in any one department. Also, a minimum of one course each from of the following three groups is required: Group A—Traditional Cultures and Premodern Africa, Group B—African Society and Politics, and Group C—African Expressive Culture.

The African Studies minor provides students with a broad background in African history, societies, culture, and politics. Please contact Professor Bennetta Jules-Rosette in the Department of Sociology and the African Studies Office (Social Sciences Building, Room 471) at (858) 822-0265 for more information. Quarterly course offerings are subject to change. Interested students should consult the program faculty for an up-to-date list.


Group A: Traditional Cultures and Premodern Africa

Group B: African Society and Politics

Group C: African Expressive Culture