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African Studies Minor

Interdisciplinary Minor in African Studies

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The purpose of this interdisciplinary minor is to provide unique opportunities for Fordham students to develop a level of expertise in African Political and Social History, Literature, Sociology, Economics, among others; learn African languages; meet with Africa’s permanent representatives at the UN; and interact with and network among the diverse African population present in the city.

Requirements for Minor
The minor consists of one required course (AFAM 1600- Understanding Historical Change: Africa), which, in general, is offered by the African & African American studies department every year. The minor also requires five electives, subject to the following provisions:

  • One elective should come from a Social Science discipline
  • One elective should come from Arts & Humanities discipline
  • Three (3) additional electives. Students may take no more than two electives from any one discipline

In addition to the requirements listed above, students must demonstrate proficiency through the intermediate level in a language spoken on the African continent other than English such as Swahili, Twi, Zulu, Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish or French; or another language approved by the director of African Studies.

It is not necessary to study abroad to earn the minor, but credit towards the minor can be earned by studying in Ghana, South Africa, Morocco, or Tanzania. Limited scholarship funds will be available to cover the cost of traveling.

AVAILABLE COURSES: FALL 2014

This interdisciplinary minor provides a background for careers in government, business, law, foreign service, academia, and other areas. The minor also complements majors in many departments and professional schools throughout the university, such as Economics, Political Science, International Humanitarian Affairs, and Business. It is recommended to students wishing to gain an international perspective before entering the global marketplace.

African & African American Studies
AFAM 1600: Understanding Historical Change Africa
AFAM 3141: Women in Africa
AFAM 3148: History of South Africa AFAM 3693: Contemporary African Literatures

History
HIST 4820: African Icons (Seminar)

Middle Eastern Studies
MEST 2000: Intro to Modern Mideast

Political Science
POSC 3418: Islamic Political Thought
POSC 3508: Politics of Humanitarianism in Africa

Languages
ARAB 1001: Introduction to Arabic I
ARAB 1502: Intermediate Arabic II
FREN 1001: Introduction to French I
FREN 1002: Introduction to French II
FREN 1501: Intermediate French I
FREN 1502: Intermediate French II
FREN 3631: North African France
SPAN 1001: Introduction to Spanish I
SPAN 1002: Introduction to Spanish II
SPAN 1501: Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 1502: Intermediate Spanish II

AVAILABLE COURSES: SPRING 2015

African & African American Studies
AFAM 1600: Understanding Historical Change Africa
AFAM 3071: African Intellectual History
AFAM 3146: Contemporary African Immigration to the U.S.
AFAM 3190: Mapping Southern Africa
AFAM 3695: Major Debates in African Studies
AFAM 4192: Race & Religion in the Transatlantic World (Seminar)

Dance
DANC 2430: West African Dance

History
HIST 3940: The African City (Seminar)

Languages
ARAB 1501: Intermediate Arabic I
ARAB 3000: Topics in Arabic Cultures
FREN 1001: Introduction to French I
FREN 1501: Intermediate French I
FREN 1502: Intermediate French II
SPAN 1001: Introduction to Spanish I
SPAN 1501: Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 1502: Intermediate Spanish II


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