The School of Humanities and Social Sciences
African Studies is a broad-ranging field that is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of African peoples and their complex histories, cultures, and languages. Drawn from the Schools of Social Science and Humanities, African Studies at Rice University has strengths in archaeological and anthropological research, historical studies, African religions and theology, African arts, and global health technologies. These foci provide a unique opportunity for students broadly interested in historical, cultural, African diaspora studies, and contemporary issues and will attract students preparing for career fields related to their interest in Africa, including academia (potential applicants to graduate school, Fulbright, or other competitive scholarships), development, diplomacy, business and finance, governance, global health, law, and others.
The African Studies minor at Rice will benefit undergraduate students by providing a course of study to explore the richness and complexity of the continent and its place in issues of wider global concern and import. The interdisciplinary course will allow students to traverse departments and schools, creating links between diverse intellectual trajectories. Through study in the African Studies minor, students also can begin to appreciate the relationship contemporary Africa has with the large African Diaspora. Finally, the minor will help students to understand not only the place of Africa in global histories and networks, but the crucial role that it has played in them.
Upon completing the minor in African Studies, students will be able to:
Students pursuing the minor in African Studies (AFST) must complete:
CORE REQUIREMENTStudents must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following to satisfy the African Studies minor's Core Requirement.
ELECTIVES To fulfill the remaining requirements for the minor in African Studies, students must complete a total of 5 additional courses (15 credit hours) as listed below. The courses chosen must be offered from at least 3 of the following 6 departments: Anthropology (ANTH), English (ENGL), French (FREN), Art History (HART), History (HIST), Religion (RELI).
100% African ContentStudents must complete a total of 4 courses (12 credit hours) from the following. The selected course from the Core Requirement may also be applied towards the 100% African Content requirement.
25% African Content Students must complete a total of 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the following:
*NOTE: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the undergraduate minor in African Studies. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule: - Course offerings/subject code: Courses from various subjects may apply toward the minor. Department Description and Code: - African Studies: AFSTMinor Description and Code: - Minor in African Studies: AFST
African Studies does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, that are listed in the African Studies minor's Undergraduate Requirements section can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding the program, see the African Studies program's website.