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The world cannot be understood without Africa. African Studies aims to widen students' knowledge and experience of the second largest and, in some respects, most complex continent, its peoples, and their diasporas. In coming to terms with this great diversity, students will discover Africans' important contributions to the world's artistic, literary, political, and religious ideas.
In many program courses Africa, its peoples and their cultures are situated in relation to the wider world. The study of historical interconnections with Europe, Asia, and the Americas highlights Africa's central role in world history and processes of globalization. Throughout the program students explore the exciting recent developments in our understanding of African civilizations, thought, political and religious systems, as well as histories of slavery, colonialism, and nationalism. A number of courses emphasize African, Caribbean, and African-American cultural and artistic responses to modernity, racism, and liberation, as well as struggles for security and development.
The program, as a whole, challenges students to think in new innovative directions about Africa across the disciplines and to reject preconceived myths and stereotypes. Students with an African Studies minor will gain strong skills in critical analysis, research, writing, and communications. The program aims to go further to encourage an awareness of the relationships between the production and application of knowledge and the wider forces of global change, as well as a love of intellectual challenges.
Students who intend to complete the African Studies program should include AFSA01H3 in their first year course selection. Certain elective courses (e.g. ENGD08H3 and ENGB22H3) have non-African Studies prerequisites. This may require that you take more than 4.0 credits to complete the program. If you are interested in taking one of them, check the prerequisites carefully before deciding what courses to select.
For information regarding African Studies please visit the Historical and Cultural Studies website.
Service Learning and Outreach
For an experiential learning opportunity that also serves others, consider the course CTLB03H3 (Introduction to Service Learning), which can be found in the "Teaching and Learning” section of the Calendar.