African Studies  {SF State Bulletin 2013 - 2014}

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African Studies

College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Dean: Paul Sherwin


African Studies Program

HUM 336
Phone: 415-338-2495
Director: Aguibou Yansané



Professors: Bettelheimr, Getz, Obenga, Yansané
Associate Professors: Akom, Clavie, McDougal, Richards, Steier
Lecturer: Bernstein



African Studies Minor



Program Scope

The African Studies Minor is a multidisciplinary program in African history, politics, economics and cultures, designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the issues facing African communities, societies, and nation-states in the past as well as the present. Through this arrangement, courses from each Department and Program are incorporated into the African Studies Minor, which offers different disciplinary bases for the examination and analysis of African contributions to world civilizations. It enables students to integrate and apply knowledge in the evolution of African societies from being the cradle of humanity to providing labor for the use of other civilizations and through colonial and post-colonial linkages, technological expansion and economic liberalization. Students will examine African accomplishments, mores, traditions, cultures and civilizations to finish the minor with a greater degree of understanding of, and tolerance for, cultural differences and ethnic pluralism as well as the problems inherent in the process of social change in Africa and the African Diaspora.


Students who select this minor are presented with different disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Common to all these perspectives is the critical examination of social change/modernization/development/ globalization. It is hoped that students will be provided the tools to enable them to build their own frames of reference, syntheses of concepts, data and theories, to enrich their social attitudes and cultural values concerning Africa and to appreciate its richness and its unity in diversity.


Career Outlook

Students will be encouraged to take advantage of the African Studies Minor to apply their knowledge, understanding, and interest in things African to their career goals (teaching, journalism, business, and international endeavors in the public sector, non-governmental agencies, and multilateral institutions).


African Studies Minor

Students interested in this minor should see one of the African Studies faculty to choose the courses most appropriate to them. (Note: No more than 6 units may be taken on a CR/NC basis; no more than 9 units may be transferred from other campuses.) All students completing the minor are required to demonstrate intermediate level competency in a relevant language other than English. For specific information on how to meet the requirement students should consult with the coordinator of the minor program.


The African Studies Minor consists of a core curriculum of three courses which contain material and perspectives which reach across the normal disciplinary divisions of the University, plus 15 units of upper division courses taken from the following list, on advisement.


African Studies Minor  — 24 units

Language Requirement

All students completing the African Studies Minor are required to demonstrate intermediate level competency in a language (other than English), relevant to the area. This requirement may be met by completing the university entrance requirement of two years of high school language study, one year of successful college level language study, or by demonstration of equivalent competency.


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