African Studies, Center for

Teresa Barnes, Director
Room 210, International Studies Building, 910 South Fifth Street, Champaign
PH: (217) 333-6335
http://www.afrst.illinois.edu

Interdisciplinary Minor in African Studies

The Center for African Studies offers an interdisciplinary minor as a complement to any major. The 20 hours selected by students for the African studies minor should form a coherent program of study. This program must be approved by the Center for African Studies. The Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will verify that the student has completed the program on the recommendation of the Director of the Center for African Studies and on completion of the requirements below.

E-mail:african@illinois.edu

Requirements

Study of an indigenous African Language. Acceptable languages include but are not limited to Arabic, Bamana, Lingala, Swahili, Wolof, and Zulu. 5
African Studies core courses. These courses contain a minimum of 50 percent African content and are defined according to a list maintained and regularly updated by the Center for African Studies. Courses completed to satisfy the core must come from at least 3 separate departments and must include the following three components:
Course-work surverying the continent. Choose one of the following:3
Intro to Mod African Lit
Introduction to Modern Africa
Economic Systems in Africa
History of Africa
Africa in World Perspective
300- or 400-level core courses. Language courses cannot be used to meet this requirement.6
Additional core courses at any level. African language courses may be used to satisfy this requirement if they are at the advanced level (fifth semester or higher). Only 3 hours of AFST 199 may be used to satisfy the requirements of the minor.6
Total Hours20

AFST Class Schedule

Courses

AFST 103   Black Women in the Diaspora   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as AFRO 103 and GWS 103. See AFRO 103.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Cultural Studies - US Minority

AFST 209   Constr Afr and Carib Identity   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as CWL 225, FR 240, and LAST 240. See FR 240.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Cultural Studies - Non-West

AFST 210   Intro to Mod African Lit   credit: 3 Hours.

Significant contemporary African writings depicting the history and cultural traditions of African peoples. Same as CWL 210 and ENGL 211.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities ? Lit & Arts
Cultural Studies - Non-West

AFST 213   African Muslim Cultures   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as HIST 213. See HIST 213.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities ? Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Non-West

AFST 222   Introduction to Modern Africa   credit: 3 Hours.

Interdisciplinary introduction to Africa dealing with basic themes and problems in the politics, economics, sociology, anthropology, and history of Africa. Same as ANTH 222, PS 242, and SOC 222.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Cultural Studies - Non-West

AFST 243   Pan Africanism   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as AFRO 243, PS 243, and SOC 267. See PS 243.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Cultural Studies - Non-West
Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci

AFST 254   Economic Systems in Africa   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ACE 254. See ACE 254.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Cultural Studies - Non-West
Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci

AFST 266   African Film and Society   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ANTH 266. See ANTH 266.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Cultural Studies - Non-West

AFST 267   Memoirs of Africa   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ANTH 267. See ANTH 267.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Advanced Composition
Cultural Studies - Non-West

AFST 410   Modern African Fiction   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Examines selected major African novels along thematic and formal lines; literary responses to colonialism and political independence and the crises that accompanied both in Africa; and study of critical approaches to the African novel and African characteristics of and contribution to the novel as a genre. Readings in English. Same as CWL 410, ENGL 470, and FR 410. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: AFST 210 or AFST 222, or junior standing.

AFST 490   Independent Study   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Supervised readings and research in selected fields in consultation with the instructor. 1 to 3 undergraduate hours. 1 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated in separate terms up to 9 undergraduate hours or 12 graduate hours, if topics vary. Prerequisite: Consent of the Center for African Studies.