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About the Program

The minor in African Studies is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of African history, literature, politics, geography, religion and culture. It provides a background for the advanced study of Africa and for teaching and research in many fields, including art, communication, economics, education, health, the humanities, media and the social sciences.

Academic Advisement

All students who are interested in the African Studies minor are invited to seek advisement from the coordinator of African Studies or any member of the program committee (listed below) to develop a program that will meet their own specific needs and interests.


A minor in African Studies will boost career opportunities in the areas of the arts, foreign service, health, humanitarianism, international development, international business, international law, journalism, K-12 teaching, museum curation, social media management and the United Nations, among other fields. Students may take courses in several departments that satisfy the minor requirements or may use these courses as electives in their majors.

Program Committee


Coordinator: Suzanne Scheld
Department of Anthropology
Sierra Hall (SH) 232
(818) 677-3331