First and Second Year Requirements


African Studies 250A – Introduction to African Studies

Major cultural, historical and geographical issues of African Studies.

AFST 250 is an introductory course designed to provide students with background information and critical approaches that will enable them to participate in academic discussions and take more advanced courses in the field of African Studies. It will emphasize critical thinking and seek to foster an awareness of the conceptual challenges involved in our attempts to understand the complexities of African Studies.

AFST 250A is a prerequisite for most senior courses in African Studies. The course is offered in both terms 1 and 2.

Additional First and Second Year Courses recommended for African Studies Minors

(Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and does not include all the courses that the advisor might count for the Minor, depending on your interests and variable course content; courses offered change year to year and some of these courses have pre-requisites. Please contact African Studies Chair Suzanne James – ( for more details or advice.)

ANTH 100: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 210: Eating Culture
ANTH 213: Sex, Gender and Culture
ANTH 217: Culture and Communication
ASIC 200: Global Issues in the Arts and Sciences
ECON 101:  Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 102: Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 234: Wealth and Poverty of Nations
ECON 255: Understanding Globalization
ENGL 224: World Literature in English
GEOG 121: Geography, Environment, and Globalization
GEOG 122: Geography, Modernity, and Globalization
GRS 290: Global Issues in a Cultural Context
GRSJ 101: Global Issues in Social Justice
HIST 103: (6 credits) World History since 1900
HIST 105: Contemporary Issues in Historical Perspective
HIST 256: History of Africa
LING 101: Languages of the World
MUSC 165G: World Music Ensembles: African Music and Dance
POLI 260: Introduction to Global Politics
SOCI 100: Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 101: Social Interaction and Culture
SOCI 102: Inequality and Social Change
SOCI 200: Sociology of Family
SOCI 201: Ethnic Relations
SOCI 285: Citizenship and Identity

The availability of courses listed may vary year to year.