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The African Studies Major is a multidisciplinary program designed to offer students the opportunity to develop their understanding of various aspects of the African continent, including issues that deal with Africa in World History, Africa and the Global Political Economy, Africa within the new Global International Relations, Africa and International Development, peace studies, conflict resolution, as well as courses that recognize the diversities of culture, race, ethnicity, religion and other socioeconomic groupings on the continent. The program utilizes historical, cultural, geographical, economic, and political approaches to equip students with skills to undertake research on issues pertinent to Africa and to prepare themselves for careers in a range of professions as well for post-graduate studies.

Requirements

For the B.A. degree in African Studies, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(0-9 credits of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

ELECTIVES: 9-18 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 45 credits
(This includes 0-9 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GA courses; 3 credits of GS courses; and 3 credits of GH courses)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
AFR 105 GN;IL(3), AFR 110 GS;IL(3), AFR 191 GH;IL(3), AFR 192 GH;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (33 credits)
Select 15 credits from the following (100-300 level courses): AFR 150 GH;IL(3), AFR 197(3), AFR 199 IL(3), AFR 202 GS;IL(3); AFR 294(3-6), AFR 297(3-6); AFR 299 IL(3-6), AF AM 302 US(3), AFR 395(3), AFR 399(3), AF AM 100 GS;US(3), AF AM 211 GH;US;IL(3), ART H 335 GA;IL(3), ECON 102 GS(3). ECON 104 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)

Select 18 credits with at least 12 from AFR or AFR cross-listed courses: AAA S 403 IL(3), AFR 405(3), AFR/PL SC 434(3), AFR/PL SC/IB 440(3), AFR/PL SC 443 IL(3), AFR/PL SC 454 IL(3), AFR/PL SC 459 IL(3), AFR 464 IL(3), AFR 494H(3), AFR 495(3), AFR 496(3), AFR 497(3), AFR 499 IL(3), GEOG 436(3), GEOG 444(3), GEOG/LER 475H(3), PL SC 481(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2012

List of all African Studies Courses

Advising

Kristie Kalvin is the academic adviser for African Studies. If you would like to know more about the opportunities available for graduates of the African Studies majors and the curriculum, you can schedule an appointment or inquire about walk-in hours by calling her at (814) 865-5588. Click here to schedule an appointment with an adviser.

E-mail Kristie Kalvin at: klk16@psu.edu