The African studies minor consists of 18 credits. A minimum of 12 credits must be earned at the upper (300- or 400-) level. No more than six credits can be earned within the same discipline.
Students must complete a minimum of three credits of geographically pertinent foreign language course work at the advanced level (300 or above). If this level of instruction is not available in a chosen language at the university, the School of World Studies Advising Office will assist students in identifying appropriate language study options at other U.S. institutions or abroad. Geographically pertinent foreign languages not taught at VCU will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Note: Language Placement Test results cannot substitute for completion of course work.
Students then choose from the following list of courses to complete the remaining 15 credits of the minor.
AFAM 413/ARTH 350 African and Oceanic Art
ANTH/AFAM/INTL 200 Introduction to African Societies
ANTH 391 Topics in Anthropology*
ANTH/AFAM/INTL 420 Women of Africa
FLET/INTL 391 Topics in Foreign Literature in English Translation*
FREN 421 French Contemporary Culture*
FREN/INTL 450 Francophone Literatures and Cultures*
HIST/AFAM 105 Survey of African History
HIST/AFAM 106 Survey of African History
INTL 591 Topics in International Studies*
POLI/AFAM/INTL 356 Government and Politics of Africa
POLI/AFAM/INTL 357 Politics of Southern Africa
WRLD/INTL 203 Cultural Texts and Contexts*
WRLD 220 Human Rights and Literature*
WRLD 391 Topics in World Languages and Cultures*
WRLD 491 Topics in World Languages and Cultures*
Courses taken through an accredited study abroad program in an appropriate location (must be preapproved through the SWS Advising Office)
*When appropriate: Always check first with the SWS Advising Office before enrolling in these courses.