Courses that count toward the African Studies minor:
SOAN 3120: Ethnography of East Africa (4 sem. hours) The course examines both the culture of selected non-Western societies and the range of methodological and theoretical approaches used to understand them.
HIST 2400: African History and Society (4 sem. hours) An interdisciplinary survey of major themes in African history from the earliest records of human activity on the continent to the struggles for South Africa. Literature, music, art, and popular culture will be studied as ways of understanding the complex contemporary issues faced by Africans. Offered in alternate years.
HIST 2410: Topics in African History (4 sem. hours) An interdisciplinary examination of a particular topic, period, or region in African history. The topics, which include the shaping of South Africa, and listening to the African past, will change from year to year. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Offered occasionally.
PLSC 3310: African Government and Politics (4 sem. hours) Examination of politics and government in Africa by means of country studies and comparisons. Sections of the course will be devoted to the examination of issues of development and underdevelopment. Prerequisite: PLSC 1300. Offered in alternate years.
IDST 2500: The Making of Modern Africa (4 sem. hours) Courses with different topics address developments after 1900 from a variety of perspectives, including, history, philosophy, religion, and fine arts. This course meets the requirements of Core 5.
ENGL 3750: Postcolonial Literature (with research related to African Literature) The specific content will vary, but this course will consider the interplay of texts and their cultural or multicultural contexts; the course may focus on such topics as new literature in English or on literature and popular culture in Victorian England. Offered occasionally.
Students may complete a minor in African Studies with a total of 22 semester hours. Students must complete the African Studies seminar and three other Africa-focused classes from the list above. Other Africa-focused classes can be substituted with approval of the director. Students must also receive at least four hours of credit for an academic study abroad program in Africa.
The Millsaps programs in Ghana and Tanzania will fulfill this requirement, but any program in Africa for which Millsaps accepts credit will count towards this requirement. Finally, students must complete at least two hours of study in the African language. SOAN 4802: Survival Swahili will fulfill this requirement, but the requirement may also be fulfilled with any African language study for which the student receives two or more hours of credit.