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The Minor in African Studies

Course Requirements for the Minor: 22 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Series of in-depth studies, both thematic and topical, concerning major issues and current problems in sub-Saharan Africa, employing an interdisciplinary approach. Topics covered include South Africa, and revolution and ecological crises in Africa. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000146)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as AFRI 100 .
An interdisciplinary approach to modern and traditional aspects of African life in the fields of history, geography, politics, ethnography, and socio-economic development. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000134)
This course is also offered as AFAM 100 .
An interdisciplinary approach to modern and traditional aspects of African life in the fields of history, geography, politics, ethnography, and socio-economic development. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000134)

10-16 units selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (000149)
An introduction to African societies in anthropological and ethnographic perspective. Comparative case studies in historical and regional context explore body and self, religious experience, expressive arts, environmental and political conjunctures, and social change across the continent. 3 hours lecture.This is an approved Writing Intensive course. This is an approved General Education Capstone course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (021353)
Prerequisites: ANTH 111, ANTH 300, or ANTH 301.
Evolution of the human being as a biological entity and as a culture-bearing primate. Emphasis is placed upon ecological principles and problems as they relate to the fossil record. 3 hours lecture. (000552)
An investigation of the arts and cultures of the African continent, with major emphasis upon the Negroid peoples south of the Sahara, the medieval kingdoms of the Sudan and the rain forest cultures and great civilizations of Ife, Benin, and the Congo, the sculpture, painting, body art, architecture, music, dance, belief systems, aural tradition of folklore, and reciprocal influences with other continents will be considered. 3 hours lecture. (000853)
Africa since 1800. Establishment and demise of European colonial regimes, African resistance to foreign domination, African political systems, dilemmas of socio-economic development, and gender differences in modern African life. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004533)

If you select fewer than 16 units from the above, select additional units from the following to bring your total to 16.

0-6 units selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A study of agricultural problems and policies of developing nations. Emphasis on cultural values; physical, economic, and political constraints; hunger and international trade. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (015535)
This course is also offered as HIST 231 .
An examination of the history of persons of African descent in the United States and its colonial antecedents. Emphasis is on understanding the experiences of and culture created by African Americans from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000138)
A comparative analysis of the interaction of economic and political forces in societies of the non-western world. The diversity with which various cultures address scarcity, the distribution of goods and power. Transition from traditional economic and political institutions over time, and the impact of these changes on the values, attitudes, and lifestyles on developing urban populations. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000495)
A cross-cultural examination of religions and world views. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000499)
Explores the historical and contemporary global movements of people, commodities, technology and ideas. Surveys the impacts of colonial relationships on the contemporary world, post-colonialism and the rise of the development era, and contemporary trends resulting in the increased social and cultural integration and differentiation of individuals and groups around the world. 3 hours lecture. (000582)
This course is also offered as AFAM 231 .
An examination of the history of persons of African descent in the United States and its colonial antecedents. Emphasis is on understanding the experiences of and culture created by African Americans from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000138)
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from semester to semester and be different for different sections. Students will read, research, and discuss specific themes in multicultural and gender studies. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours supervision. (005648)

When course content deals with African topics, the following courses may be used.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ECON 103.
This course surveys theoretical approaches and policy options to the problems of development and underdevelopment in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Agricultural transformations, industrial development, balance of payments problems, the role of foreign aid, direct foreign investment, the economic role of international institutions such as the World Bank, and other related topics are included in this course. 3 hours lecture. (002673)
Analysis of historical and current health problems in the world: population dynamics, vital statistics, global disease patterns, and variations among nations and cultures. Examination of contributing social, psychological, physical, governmental, and cultural factors affecting disease. Efforts toward health promotion and disease prevention, including international programs. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004412)
The study of British overseas settlements in North America, Australia, and South Africa; colonial acquisitions in Africa, the West Indies, and Asia; role of imperialism in British industrial growth, and independence movements in the Empire. 3 hours seminar. (004613)
The political dynamics of selected developing countries. Major emphasis is on problems of poverty, colonialism, comparative political structures and behavior, imperialism, and international relations. The course also focuses on tensions in the political culture between traditional and non-traditional values in developing societies. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (015554)
This is a comparative politics course, exploring the concept of political development, with a focus on developing nations. Political development, or the capacity and strength of government, is an essential, but often neglected component of development. In this course, we explore different definitions and conceptions of political development, and issues associated with political development. These issues include ethnic conflict, corruption, political upheavals such as coups and revolutions, and democratization. Students read several seminal texts in comparative politics, as well as current empirical research. 3 hours lecture. (007530)
This course studies relationships between ethnic groups outside of the U.S. Consideration is given to ethnic identities, interactions, competition, conflict over resources, cultural preservation, the development of nationalism, and state policies. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005641)
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