The interdisciplinary minor in African Studies offers students the opportunity to pursue a multidisciplinary study of Africa. The minor requires a minimum of 15 hours. Students who intend to minor in African Studies are encouraged to consult the coordinator of the program in their sophomore year. It is recommended that AFS 250 be taken after completing at least one other course for the minor.

Candidates for the minor are required to take the following:

HST 105Africa in World History3
or REL 107 Introduction to African Religions
AFS 250Seminar in African Studies (strongly recommended to be taken in senior year)3
Select 9 hours of Electives9

Electives for African Studies

The program coordinator maintains a complete list of all elective courses that fulfill the minor, as additional elective courses may have been approved since publication of this bulletin. Students may fulfill elective requirements by completing courses related to Africa on a Wake Forest approved study abroad course; they may also seek prior approval from the program coordinator for courses which are not listed here but which have a significant African component. No more than 9 hours within a single discipline may count towards the minor. For course descriptions, see the relevant department’s listings in this bulletin.  

AFS 220Special Topics in African Studies1-3
ANT 370Old World Prehistory3
ART 104Topics in World Art (when topic is appropriate)3
BIO 344African Savanna Ecology and Conservation4
DCE 122Special Topics in Dance (when topic is African dance)1-3
ECN 258Economic Growth and Development3
ENG 337Studies in 18th-Century British Literature (when topic is appropriate)3
ENG 356Literature of the Caribbean3
ENG 358Postcolonial Literature3
FRH 216Studies in French and Francophone Literature and Culture (when topic is appropriate)3
HMN 223African and Caribbean Literature3
HST 268African History to 18703
HST 269African History since 18503
HST 271African American History to 18703
HST 272African American History since 18703
HST 336Gender and Power in African History3
HST 340Urban Africa3
HST 341Africans in the Atlantic World, 1750-18153
HST 378Race, Memory, and Identity3
MUS 209Music of World Cultures (when topic is appropriate)3
POL 242Topics in Comparative Politics (when topic is appropriate)3
POL 252Topics in International Politics (when topic is appropriate)3
POL 257Politics of International Development3
POL 266Modern Civil Wars3
REL 336Religious Traditions and Human Rights3
REL 339Religion, Power, and Society in Modern Africa3
REL 345The African-American Religious Experience3
REL 348Race, Memory, and Identity3
REL 393Topics in Religions of Africa3
SPA 368Afro Cuban Cultural Expression3